I Yam what I Yam

Buying rotten produce; now that is something that seriously troubles me. Yesterday, I went to the grocery store to buy a few necessities. You know, like chocolate, watermelon, sweet potatoes, honey and marshmellow fluff. Typical must haves for everyone, right? Well, I always have a container of fruit salad in the refridgerator for easy snacking. Generally I use whatever is on sale, usually a melon like cantaloupe, honeydew or watermelon, berries and an occasional orange or peach. I do this because I know we will eat more if it is all cut up and ready to go. So, last night I slice open the watermelon I bought just an hour before and yes, you guessed it; it was rotten. It’s like I had just taken five dollars out of my wallet and thrown it in the trash. The store I shop at has a 100% satifaction guarantee so I’m planning to get my five bucks back from the trash.

Anyway, I got the sweet potato I needed to make these Sweet Potato Walnut Spiced Muffins. I have shared this recipe with my facebook peeps but it is so darn good and nutritious that I had to share it here as well. It has sweet potato, which is full of flavonoid anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. It also contains an apple and everyone knows that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. The recipe also calls for walnuts. They have lots of protein, fiber, and healthy monounsaturated fats. They may even lower cholesterol. My lifelong friend Lisa made the muffins even healthier when she tried out the recipe, by switching out the canola oil with unsweetened apple sauce, (Thanks Wisa!) and she also said she might use a bit less sugar next time around. I decided to try the applesauce switch but kept the original 3/4 cups of sugar. The recipe makes a dozen muffins, so try it and let me know what you think. Oh and in case you were wondering a yam is not a sweet potato. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Walnut Spiced Muffins

1 cup flour

1 tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. nutmeg

4 Tbs. unsweetened applesauce (formerly canola oil)

¾ cups sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 large apple, peeled & grated

½ of a large sweet potato, peeled & grated

1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 F and line muffin tin with paper liners. In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In a large bowl, combine applesauce (or oil)  and sugar and beat in the egg and vanilla until fluffy. Add grated sweet potato and apple and stir until combined. Add the dry ingredients and walnuts and mix until just combined.

Bake 20 minutes.

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