Halloween Banana Sweet Potato Muffins

These Banana Sweet Potato Muffins are about as spooky as it gets around here on Halloween. For dorky costumes, though, we’re the place to be.

Banana Sweet Potato MuffinsDorky Halloween costumes are a real specialty of mine. The other day I walked into our local Ricky’s costume store and thankfully fainted on contact with the first price tag I touched. I say thankfully because otherwise I would certainly have been bludgeoned to death by the giant boobs of Slutty Hermione Granger or Fishnet Policelady Vampirate. (I am a not-so-shy nursing mom, and I’ve never seen anything like it. Even the clerk volunteered that the store is “basically one big ad for a Wonderbra.”) But give me an old cardboard box, a couple of permanent markers and a skein of yarn—and pumpkin, I’ll see you in heaven.

As a kid I was: a Kleenex box with a tissue sticking out, a table with a spaghetti dinner on it, a front-loading washing machine, a Ssips juice box with a straw. As a kid I was not: able to ride the bus or sit down at my desk on Halloween, asked out on any dates on Halloween, cool. “Un”fortunately I could not recover any pictures of myself for this post.

Fortunately, I am not as shy about showing off my children’s dorky costumes from years past.

Although I will happily sacrifice comfort for creativity where costumes are concerned, I could never bring myself to do the same with taste for Halloween treats. I’m also a total lightweight where spook factor is concerned—even Martha Stewart’s creepy cocktails give me the heebie-jeebies. Truth be told, if I were Queen Halloween, you’d all be getting a big schlog of this in your cauldrons. Thankfully I’ve found a happy medium in these orange muffins, liberally adapted from this recipe. They have a delicate crumb and a mild flavor that both kids and adults will like. As long as your costume allows your hand to reach your mouth (which is by no means a certainty around here), you’ll be devouring them all Halloween day.

What about you? Do you have any dorky skeletons in your closet? What was your best childhood costume?


Banana Sweet Potato Muffins
Yields 24
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  1. 2 small ripe bananas, mashed
  2. 4 oz plain yogurt
  3. 2 small cooked sweet potatoes, skinned and mashed
  4. 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  5. 3/4 cup white sugar
  6. 12 Tablespoons butter, melted
  7. 2 eggs, at room temperature
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  10. 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  11. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  12. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  13. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  14. 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Line two standard muffin pans with paper liners. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the wire whisk, combine the bananas, yogurt, sweet potatoes, brown sugar and white sugar. Mix on high speed until lightened in color and texture, about 3 minutes. Add the butter, eggs and vanilla and mix until well-combined, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl when necessary.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, white whole wheat flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low speed until just combined.
  3. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling them a little more than halfway. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until a tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
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  • Jill

    LOVE it! Those pics of the Taxi Cab are priceless!!!
    As for me… not sure what my best costume was…but a memorable Halloween was when my brother and I went dressed as Santa (him) and a present (me)… We were told at EVERY house that it was the wrong holiday or something of the like. I, a pre-teen who could care less what others thought, found it funny… my brother, 7 years my junior was TRAUMATIZED! :O)
    As for the food recipe! YAY! Was just getting ready to bug you for some other muffin recipes!ReplyCancel

  • On my facebook picture page…the classic Space Kitty. Made by mom, of course.

    Love this.ReplyCancel

  • Really cute pictures!

    The muffins sound really delicious, really intrigued to try them!ReplyCancel

  • daphne

    Carolyn – ok. let me just say that your childhood costumes blow me away. You actualized as a child what I only started imagining as an adult. A kleenex box – YES! You are giving me hope that my dream to dress up as a wedding cake, with a plastic bride & groom on my head is – a dream within reach!ReplyCancel

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  • Jill, that’s so funny. I’m impressed you weren’t traumatized—I think I would’ve been.

    Maggie, Space Kitty is amazing. Was that a satellite costume for whatever your brother was? I love the puffy jacket underneath, too.

    ABowlOfMush Thank you!

    Daphne, I will happily assist in costume production! Sounds amazing. You could make it very meta with a personalized Daphne and Mark bride and groom.ReplyCancel

  • I just happen to have some bananas and sweet potatoes to use up. I may have just figured out how. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!ReplyCancel

  • These muffins look delicious… I have lots of frozen bananas that these would be perfect for!ReplyCancel

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  • Lisa

    My husband and I bought some amazing organic sweet potatoes so I wanted to try some new recipes with them. I came across this muffin recipe and found the banana/sweet potato combo intriguing. I made them last night and they are amazing. A big hit. Thanks for this recipe.ReplyCancel

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  • This is a great muffin recipe in general! I made my own variation to include steel-cut oats and dried cherries- they are delicious! Thank you for this recipe.

  • Jodi

    Do you have more precise measurement for the bananas and sweet potatoes? I live in Asia and the size of the fruit and veg here is often quite different than in the states. So grams or cups would be most helpful.ReplyCancel

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  • Milena

    These are great! So soft and spongy, and flavorful! I don’t like cinnamon-y sweets too much so I just add vanilla to mine. I’ve made them a few times already and both my husband and my daughter love them! I also add a little bit of ground flax seed and nutritional yeast for the health factor :) I’d like to try adding pecans and/or cranberries or other dried fruit as well – seems like it would be amazing!ReplyCancel

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