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Vegan Sweet Potato Date Muffins

These vegan sweet potato date muffins have been a favorite of mine for years. Wholesome and filling, yet delectably sweet and moist using whole grains and minimal ingredients. They combine the dynamite combination of sweet potatoes and dates which will be sure to make your next breakfast or snack a real sweet treat. 

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So there’s this vegan take out style restaurant in Toronto called Urban Herbivore. It’s been one of my favorites for many  years now. They sell the biggest, most beautiful salad and grain bowls that you can make up your self –  oh hey, like this one I scarfed down one fine day. But what first got me obsessed with their products was this one, very special and very infamous muffin that they made. It was a vegan sweet potato date muffin. Not only was it made of my favorite – and still favorite to this day – ingredient, being the heavenly sweet potato, it was also MASSIVE. And tasted like absolute candy. 

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I remember being amazed that its ingredient list was so small. How could such an amazingly moist, huge, addicting muffin be made of only a few simple, whole food ingredients? 

But there’s the magic. When sweet potatoes and dates are involved, what much more is needed!? 

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I would literally bike 20 minutes to this restaurant JUST to get one of these muffins – especially on those days when I was in need of a serious self care boost. Does anyone else have those very specific foods that you know you just NEED when you are having a bad day? And they seriously have the ability to turn your whole mood around? I don’t think there’s such a thing as “too far,” when it comes to getting yourself one, whatever it may be for you. #selfcarecomesfirst

So after I realized how dependent I was becoming on this sweet potato date combination, and how much it was starting to hurt my wallet, I admitted that I had a problem needed to find a way to recreate them myself.

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I took what I knew from the ingredients they posted at the restaurant and got experimenting.

Of course, you can never replicate what you get in a restaurant. And I don’t know why that is… maybe it’s more the notion that things always taste better when someone ELSE makes them? But regardless, I finally got to a product that suited my addiction love and my taste buds JUST fine. More than fine, actually. My finally outcome totally did the trick.  

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Although I still find it hard not to buy one of their sweet potato date muffins when I stop into the restaurant, I now know that I can have basically the same thing at home, with only a few easy ingredients and at a fraction of the cost.

These guys are seriously moist. Seriously sweet. And seriously delicious. Good enough that they don’t even need anything added. Although, I must say the sweet potato date explosion pairs pretty nicely with some cheese or a latte. Just to ruin the whole vegan thing, ya know. 

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Vegan Sweet Potato Date Muffins

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 9


  • Dry:
  • 1 cup whole grain spelt flour (sub gluten free or whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1 cup large flake rolled oats, ground into a course flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cane or coconut sugar
  • Wet:
  • 1/3 cup chopped dates, soaked
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/3 cup sunflower or coconut oil
  • 1 cup sweet potato, peeled and diced into small cubes


  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Chop dates and set in 1/4 cup hot water for 10-15 minutes, until soft and thickened.
  3. Grind oats in a blender or food processor. Note: I LIKE these muffins to have some pieces of oat still intact, so I only grind mine to a course crumb. If you want a smoother constancy, grind your oats into a finer flour.
  4. Peel and cube sweet potato into small (1/2 inch) cubes. Steam until fork tender.
  5. Combine all wet ingredients, including dates and soaking liquid.
  6. Combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  7. Pour wet into dry. Carefully fold sweet potato cubes into mixture and gently stir to combine.
  8. Pour into lightly greased or lined muffin tin.
  9. Bake at 425 for 5 minutes and then, without opening oven door, turn temperature down to 400 for a remaining 15-20 minutes.
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Tell me,

What special food or restaurant would go to lengths to get to on a bad day? 


  1. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 2nd Aug 16

    These ache for a good drizzle of nut butter. AMIRIGHT
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    • Cora | 6th Aug 16

      almond butterrrrrrgasm

  2. Sarah @ BucketListTummy | 2nd Aug 16

    These sound amazing, Cora! I’ve never had sweet potatoes and dates together but it may be time to try. I don’t know what that is that things never taste as good as in a restaurant…but I’m sure your ingredient list is MUCH better!
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    • Cora | 6th Aug 16

      If you don’t get around to the muffins, next time just bake a sweet potato and put chopped dates and almond butter inside. You will probably faint. So make sure Ed is around 🙂

  3. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 2nd Aug 16

    Wow i cant wait to make these–like these sound like all of my favorite things in life haha! BLESS YOU FOR SHARING THIS! Also, everything tastes better when someone else makes it for you! I am 100% in agreement with that! I go to great lengths for tacos, chips and guac, and margaritas when i need a pick me up food!
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    • Cora | 6th Aug 16

      Hahaha. Well then I sure hope you make these!! They have you written all over them 🙂
      Good choice on the pick me up food. Taco chips and guac annnny time.

  4. Ellie | 3rd Aug 16

    After I eat these (which I just pinned so I will make) I can die for I have eaten all I need to 🙂 Seriously this has all my favorite things! I’m sold!
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    • Cora | 6th Aug 16

      Yaaaaay I hope you make and enjoy! They’ve got lots of good runner fuel in them.

  5. Kristy from Southern In Law | 3rd Aug 16

    Why have I never thought of adding CHUNKS of sweet potato to muffins?!??!! These look delicious!

    I’m with Suz… these are screaming for some almond butter! HELLLLLOOOOOOOOO heaven!
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    • Cora | 6th Aug 16

      Right? Something no one ever thinks of…but I mean… who doesn’t love CHUNKS? Super soft sweet chunks, at that.

  6. Emily Swanson | 3rd Aug 16

    Sweet potatoes and dates in one muffin? These look soooo delicious. I love really thick, dense, chewy, and yet soft muffins. These look like all of those. Oh, and I love moist. Moist is good too.

    I would probably go to get soft serve or a shake on a bad day. I love sweets. 🙂
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    • Cora | 6th Aug 16

      These babies are ALL of these things my girl. Dense, chewy and moist. Yep yep yep.
      I’d totally join you on that soft serve outing.

  7. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 5th Aug 16

    The flavor combination here is fascinating to me. I love sweet potatoes and dates are nature’s candy. I think they’d pair amazing well together. Well done!

    I used to think I couldn’t make salads or sandwiches as good as restaurants, and now I totally disagree. My lunch game is strong. 🙂
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  8. Cora | 6th Aug 16

    And I perfectly support this change of thinking. Which is why I really need to come over to your “restaurant” for lunch one day. Mmmm lunch.

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