Xylitol has been gaining a lot of media popularity lately. The latest celebrity who has embraced Xylitol’s health and dental benefits is Gwyneth Paltrow. She recently released a cookbook, It’s All Good, where she created many recipes some of which use Xylitol. Sweet Potato and 5 Spice Muffin, is a delicious sugar and gluten free muffin. Light and fluffy, perfectly sweet and are healthy, so they can be enjoyed any time of the day. Not only is it a healthy desert that will be sure to please, but sweet potatoes are inexpensive and nutritious.
• 1 large sweet potato
• 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
• 3/4 cup good-quality maple syrup or Naturally Sweet Xylitol, plus 2 extra tablespoons for brushing the muffins
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 2 cups gluten-free flour (if the flour doesn’t include Xanthan gum, add 1 teaspoon)
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 2 teaspoons baking soda
• 1 1/2 tablespoons Chinese five-spice powder
• 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
Preheat the oven to 400F. Prick the sweet potato a few times with a paring knife or fork and bake the potato until soft (when a paring knife can cut through with zero resistance), about 1 hour. Set the sweet potato aside until it’s completely cool.
Peel the sweet potato, discard the skin and mash the flesh in a mixing bowl with a fork. Whisk the olive oil, almond milk, maple syrup or Naturally Sweet Xylitol, and vanilla into the sweet potato.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, five-spice powder and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners and evenly distribute the muffin batter among the cups.
Bake at 200C for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean, brushing the tops with extra maple syrup during the last 5 minutes of baking. Let the muffins cool before serving.
These muffins are delicious and healthy. They can be enjoyed in the morning for breakfast or as a healthy snack any time of the day!