10.21.2009

I yam in the mood for a muffin

Baking muffins makes me feel all warm and happy inside! Is that weird? Don't answer that.

Cupcakes are really fun to make but, truth be told, I prefer muffins. They have so much more going for them, nutritionally speaking.

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I thought about making pumpkin muffins but didn't have any pumpkin on hand. My son is sick so I didn't want to go out to the store for anything. I grabbed a yam out of the fridge and used it instead.

Don't you just love the color of yams? I sure do!

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Molasses Yam Date Muffins
by theUngourmet

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup mashed yams
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup molasses
1 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup oil
1/3 cup half and half
1/3 cup chopped dates

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Combine the yams, eggs, molasses, ginger, vanilla, oil, and half and half in a large bowl. Stir in the dry ingredients just until combined. Don't over stir. Fold in the dates.

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Divide evenly into muffin cups. I was able to make 14 muffins out of this recipe. Bake in a 375 oven for 16-18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

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These are the taste of autumn all wrapped up in a muffin. They are spicy, moist, and totally fabulous! Don't fear the yam! Just make these ASAP! You'll love 'em!

42 comments:

Mimi said...

Those look amazing & your photography is awesome!

girlichef said...

Yes, perfect fall flavors! I love the color of a yam, too :D They sound great!

TKW said...

I hate yams...but in a muffin? Sign me up!

susan said...

Although I am never sure of the difference (or if there really is one) between sweet potatoes and yams, we love sweet potatoes. These do sound good and they (SP or yams) are so good for you!

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Molasses and dates that's an unexpected twist. Yummy!

I've been craving yams sliced in wedges and sprinkled with sea salt and rosemary and roasted in the oven. I know most people like them sweet but I prefer them savory. :)

Palidor said...

I prefer yams to pumpkins. Delicious muffins!

Barbara Bakes said...

Great idea! I'm a muffin girl too! Hope your little one is feeling better soon!

~Kathie~ said...

I always make pumpkin muffins- but what a great idea to substitute yams instead! Love your pictures!!

Pam said...

I prefer muffins over cupcakes too!

Jenn said...

I love yams. This would be really great right about now. i actually have a coupe in the fridge and some molasses. i think some muffins are in order. W00T!!

Claudia said...

Gorgeous gorgeous! What scrumptious photos. What scrumptious muffins. It is so wonderful what you can make when you can't go out! A definite winner!

Ginger said...

Kim,

Those muffins sound incredible. I am with you, I prefer muffins over cupcakes. What is wrong with us?? I just asked my husband if I should make cupcakes or muffins tomorrow and he said cupcakes with a inch of icing!!

KennyT said...

I can have these muffins for breakfast every day!

ck said...

Do you really bake every day? What do you do with all of these delicious treats?

Heidi said...

I've never had a yam, but these look great!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

I really like to make muffins too. I love all the wholesome goodies you can put into them - and the possibilities are so endless. These look real yummy - love the yam and the dates!

noble pig said...

Love the molasses here, very nice touch.

Mommas Soapbox said...

Not fearin' the Yam here... but the Yam's will be shakin' in their skins when I am near because I'm making these bad boys...

I love love love Yams and these look.....Yum!

Thanks so much!

Dajana said...

If you were my neighbour, I'd be stealing your muffins all the time.
You make some of the best muffins I've ever seen.
I hope your son gets well soon.

Cairo Typ0 said...

Those look really tasty. I love all teh fall flavours in there. :)

♥peachkins♥ said...

molasses,date and yam! what a wonderful combination!

Donna-FFW said...

Gorgeous color, certainly. Looks delicious and screams autumn! Love the way you always try to keep healthiness in your cooking. It really shows:)

Cathy said...

You've got a winner here, Kim. Your muffins looks so moist and flavorful. I might throw in a few nuts too because I like the crunch. Adding dates is a great idea. Yum.

Cristy said...

yuuuuuuum! i think you used sweet potatoes though, a real yam is actually white. people always get them confused because grocery stores name them incorrectly.

take my quiz so you can see the real difference, i think you'll be surprised ;)

http://sweetbytesblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/pop-quiz-sweet-potato-or-yam.html

doggybloggy said...

moist - caramelized slightly on the top - mmmmmmmm - more than the color of the yam I love the flavor!

Katherine Aucoin said...

The muffins look fantastic, wonderful fall flavors!

Randi Troxell said...

i looooooooove muffins too!!

5 Star Foodie said...

This is a perfect autumn muffin! I do need to try this asap!

Mary said...

Your photos are spectacular. The muffins look sticky, sweet and utterly delicious.

Velva said...

Those yam muffins look delicious! What a great idea to use yams.

Hope your little one is feeling better.

teresa said...

perfect for fall, these sound wonderful! i hope your little guy feels better soon!

Palidor said...

Thanks for your comment, Kim! I have tried Quaker oats but they are processed in a facility which also processes wheat. I suspect there was some cross-contamination as I didn't feel so good after eating them.

Thanks for mentioning Karina's site too. She does have an amazing blog!

Chiara "Kika" Assi said...

That's such a great idea! I have a truckload of yams at home, I'll use them to make muffins... thanks!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I'm with you - give me a good muffin over a cupcake any day!
Looks tasty!

Lisa said...

Yams are beautiful nutritional powerhouses. I haven't ever used them in muffins but I'm not sure why not. I will now. Meanwhile I do have a pumpkin muffin waiting in the kitchen....:-) I love fall!

Hope your son feels better soon!

Joyce said...

Interesting combo of ingredients.
Joyce

Faith said...

I do love the color of yams...it feels like fall! I really like adding molasses to baked goods!

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

I never even thought about making muffins with a yam! I love baked yams. I'll take a dozen!

Sorry to hear your son is sick. I've got a sick one at my house too. He's been out of school for a week! I'm going stir crazy. Maybe I need to make some muffins...

the epicurean's market said...

You always use the cutest cupcake liners! Where did you purchase them? I'm assuming you got them at a craft store like Jo-Ann's or Michael's? And your cupcakes/muffins always turn out so good!

Danielle said...

oh wow...now there's something to try! love the flavors in there.

cookinginjapan said...

Uncanny. I have a batch of yam muffins in the oven as we speak. I should have checked your site first. Your recipe looks better.

Katy ~ said...

I love the addition of molasses and dates to this! I think I NEED one of these muffins right now! They sound DIVINE!!

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