Pecan Streusel Sweet Potato Spice Muffins

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I’m kind of freaking out again….

Pecan Streusel Sweet Potato Spice Muffins (3) It’s just, I woke up and realized we’re about to start the last month of the year and I’m caught in the storm of emotions that I think is familiar to most of you. I’m really excited (you don’t even know) about the holiday festivities but also a little tiny bit sad that time is speeding by so fast.

Pecan Streusel Sweet Potato Spice Muffins, I’m going to everything in my power to make this an awesome holiday. My sister Liv has only been in Chile for one previous holiday season and it’s still really hard for her to get into the mood with it being summer and not having snow. Not to mention just being in a totally new setting where we have to start new traditions.

Pecan Streusel Sweet Potato Spice Muffins (7) I feel like I need to give a TV show style recap here for those who have no clue what I’m talking about. [In a deep, masculine voice: Previously, on Gringalicious…. My parents move to Chile with their six unmarried kids and spend a year trying to figure out where to find quality coffee and cheddar cheese. Chaos mixes with utter boredom in a year that flies by in a blur. One year later oldest daughter and husband show up with baby #1 on the way and within a few months officially make my parents into grandparents………. 

Pecan Streusel Sweet Potato Spice Muffins (2) So, there’s a bit more to it than that but you get the idea. That first Christmas without my big sis was super sad and hard because I’ve never had a holiday without her. I’m so happy that she’s here now, especially with Ryder. Oh, and since I’m already talking about baby Ryder I have to brag on him because I really don’t do it enough. He’s so stinkin’ smart it’s not even funny.

Pecan Streusel Sweet Potato Spice Muffins (10) At nine months old he could walk across the room almost every time without falling. I think I already mentioned recently that this is his first holiday season and that’s a huge part of why I really want this holiday season to be special for Liv (Ryder too, but he won’t be the one to remember it). Liv and I share almost every favorite holiday memory and nostalgic moment from being the first two kids in our fam. Every time I have the urge to make an obscure movie quote I know she’s the one most likely to get it.

Pecan Streusel Sweet Potato Spice Muffins (5) Yep, even though dreaming of a white Christmas isn’t much use it can still smell and taste like it should. That’s where I come in and I think muffins are a really good place to start. Muffins, muffins, muffins! I just want to sing about muffins sometimes, don’t you? They deserve an ode for just being real. Marvelous muffins, you make my mornings much more meaningful by matching melt-in-mouth moisture with mind-blowing magic in a most magnificent marriage with every morsel, moreover meritting my most mesmerized monomania! I think you can tell I like muffins.

Pecan Streusel Sweet Potato Spice Muffins (8) If you think sweet potato is an odd ingredient to put in a muffin, think again. Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite things to use in Fall baking because they are already really sweet and they make everything fluffy and soft. I know I could have left these at plain muffins, but come on, everyon loves a little streusel on top, admit it. Pecans are something that I really appreciate because they aren’t grown here in Chile but I had to include some because they’re just the best nut for the job of finishing off these muffins!

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Pecan Streusel Sweet Potato Spice Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 20 - 22 muffins


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Muffins:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup organic vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups sweet potato puree
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and grease 2 12-count muffin tins with oil (or line with 22 paper cups if desired).
  2. Cream butter and sugar for streusel in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and flour and mix until combined. Stir in oats andpecans until mixture is crumbly. Scoop out into a separate bowl so you can reuse mixing bowl for muffin batter,
  3. Cream butter and sugar for muffins together in mixer. Add eggs and beat until well combined. Mix in soda, salt, vanilla, spices, then add milk, oil, and sweet potato puree until smooth. Mix in flours until well combined.
  4. Spoon batter into 20 - 22 slots in prepared pans and fill to the rim. Crumble streusel over the top of each muffin and bake for 25 - 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.
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  1. says

    These look *amazing* – that enticing streusel topping, that spiced, golden interior…I’ll have a super tough time stopping after just one, I’m sure! I’ve always wondered how one adjusts to Christmas in summer. I was recently in Puerto Rico and there were tons of Christmas decorations, which just felt strange to me since I was in shorts and sweating. Side note: there was a restaurant in Puerto Rico whose name began with “Greengos” and I kept forgetting the rest of the name, because in my head, I wanted to call it “Gringalicious”!

    • Tori says

      I’m glad you like the muffins! It is weird not having the sweater weather and snow that I’m used to for Christmas time. That’s so cool that you were in Puerto Rico and that you thought of my blog name when you saw that restaurant. Thanks, Girl!

  2. says

    I love pecans, spices, and streusel muffins! These oughta be so good…I totally know what you mean about crazy years and looking back on it. I, too, am kind of freaked out and totally surprised that December is almost here. like, seriously?

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