I just love soft baked goods! Cake, muffins, donuts, pie, you name it. But…, all these traditional versions usually contain a lot of butter, sugar, salt and white flour. Of course, this makes it taste so good, but in the end it is not so good for your body/ health to eat this a few times a week. That makes me enthusiastic and dedicated to create healthy versions of soft baked goods, and these sweet potato speculaas muffins is one of my healthy creations.
Since I had made sweet potato brownies and sweet potato blondies before I was triggered to make sweet potato muffins too one time. Sweet potato is full of good nutrients and it is a great natural sweetened tastemaker in all kinds of dishes/snacks/etc. For these muffins I focused on finding a good balance in spices, sweetness and moisture. Of course including my main focus that it has to be sugar-free and excluded processed nutrients.
Finding a balance in spices was very easy this time. Steven from the Speculaas Spice Company had sent me over his vanDotsch speculaas kruiden to try. It took 1,5 weeks to ship from the UK to Canada, but yesterday I finally received the spices in my mail box. I was right away enthusiastic to bake with it, since the spices smelled so good. I was well known with speculaas kruiden before, since they are used a lot in The Netherlands where I grew up. So far, I hadn’t seen them in the stores in Canada, so I always brought some over when I had visited Holland again. But I had never really focused on what brand I chose.
The nice thing about these vanDotsch spices is that it is a blend of nine organic spices including real, high grade, cinnamon from Sri Lanka, cloves, ginger and six other spices in order to give our spice mix that unique kick. I love high quality foods!
I decided to go with apple sauce and maple syrup as additional sweeteners in these muffins. My flour base was whole wheat flour, but you can use most other flours as substitute, like oat flour or buckwheat flour (if you want to make muffins gluten-free). The dough asked some more liquid so I used coconut milk for that. In end the I was totally satisfied with the batter and the outcome was even more surprising!
These healthy muffins came out slightly/ naturally sweet, little moist and well balanced spiced by the speculaas kruiden! I was very happy with the result, so that make me writing the recipe down right away to share it with you all. I hope you love these muffins as much as I do! They are great as snack in between your main mails, or have them for breakfast. They are sugar-free, dairy-free and rich in fiber (skin of potatoes & whole wheat flour).