by Olena

Chipotle Sweet Potato Oatmeal Muffins

by Olena

5 from 2 reviews

Savoury Sweet Potato Oatmeal Muffins recipe made healthy with raw shredded sweet potato, oats, egg, cheese and chipotle in adobo sauce. |

Ah, nothing feels better this morning than eating two (or three) sweet potato oatmeal muffins, with a cup of coffee (yes!) after sending boys to school. My breakfast made yesterday (or two-ten days ago) with oats and sweet potato. Workout done yesterday. Kids walked to school. I’m still in PJ’s. Seriously, I am in my days of mom glory and there is no going back.

Yesterday I did something very much outside of my comfort zone. Life changing. It is a surprise about which you will hear early next year. No, I’m not pregnant. I said I’m in my days of mom’s glory which doesn’t include sleepless nights, exploding breasts and poopy diapers. No, thanks. I’m too old and lazy for that.

Savoury Sweet Potato Oatmeal Muffins recipe made healthy with raw shredded sweet potato, oats, egg, cheese and chipotle in adobo sauce. |

Savoury Sweet Potato Oatmeal Muffins recipe made healthy with raw shredded sweet potato, oats, egg, cheese and chipotle in adobo sauce. |

A surprise means we are not going to wait till retirement to live the life. Because by then someone might be dead. Let’s be real. Sorry but my English is blunt and working from home doesn’t help. You know what, I realized since finishing school and quitting working in the office my English is getting worse. Oh well, you can understand me, right?! Good.

We are letting go off stereotypes. We are “breaking the rules”. We are gonna be making lifetime memories for when in nursing home. We are giving up bathroom renovation because what is really wrong with a 10 year old bathroom anyways?! It works. It is clean. It is nice. We decided not to participate in a white and grey movement. Secret revealed => we are going to Mexico for a month.

Savoury Sweet Potato Oatmeal Muffins recipe made healthy with raw shredded sweet potato, oats, egg, cheese and chipotle in adobo sauce. |

But for now. For now. I have these healthy sweet potato muffins recipe for your living the American dreams mornings when you are driving 10 km/hour. These cheesy bites with just the right amount of cheese and a bite to them. Aha, these are savoury sweet potato oatmeal muffins spiced up with chipotle in adobo sauce, carbed up with a sweet potato and oatmeal.

I seriously think chipotle in adobo is the best $3 I ever spent. You get a can to use for 3 years. From a freezer, of course.

Savoury Sweet Potato Oatmeal Muffins recipe made healthy with raw shredded sweet potato, oats, egg, cheese and chipotle in adobo sauce. |

See, I didn’t grow up with a sweet potato. I’m telling you it is a true North American vegetable. It reminds me of a carrot that married a parsnip. Kinda like me Ukrainian marrying Jew Alex putting an end to any Jewish-ness with a red hair child.

But not the kids. I frankly can’t share everyone’s happy emoji for a sweet potato casserole. I have never tried and it is super super hard for me to imagine how it would taste with sugar, butter and nuts. Maybe if I only tried, right?! Nobody is inviting me for a sweet potato casserole though. Sigh.

Savoury Sweet Potato Oatmeal Muffins recipe made healthy with raw shredded sweet potato, oats, egg, cheese and chipotle in adobo sauce. |

I will be even more honest. If I could cancel Halloween I would. Like null it from the Canadian calendar. I have no warm hashtags for “a holiday” when weird looking adults get drunk, kids eat junk and my bank account is hit with a $150 bomb. Do you know how painful it is to buy a box of Kit Kats and Smarties for $20?! Ouch. That is 4 boxes of organic spinach or 2-3 lbs of chicken. And I am not even supposed to eat it myself.

It is equal to our school fundraisers. #1. Decorate a cookie for $1 and then buy your decorated cookie for another $1. You can decorate it but you don’t get to eat it if you don’t pay. How do you freaking explain that to a 5 year old?! To me, it is like putting parents in a corner. Plus 10 kids get to decorate while other 10 are watching. Huh?! #2. Two glow sticks for $1. Three makes a necklace! WOW! And that is for a field trip?! Not my kids field trip.

Then there are hot dog days, pizza days, photo family days (the only useful one), movie nights, T-shirt sales, book orders, Christmas fair. I get it we have to help but where do we draw the line?!

And Halloween costumes are killing me. The price for crap quality costume a kid wears once is $40-50 on average. Which wonderful part of just another last day of the month am I missing?! Call me ungenerous but I’m so tired of being asked for money everywhere my kids set a foot.

Shouldn’t childhood be cheaper and less commercialized?!

Savoury Sweet Potato Oatmeal Muffins recipe made healthy with raw shredded sweet potato, oats, egg, cheese and chipotle in adobo sauce. |

For now I’m stuffing myself with muffins and dreading tonight’s costume shopping. I’m sticking to my budget though. Screw 2016 society’s rules. Half of that society is in deep debt because of stuff, my friends. Because of low quality stuff that is sold at garage sale 2 years later. No, thanks. I’m OK.

Yum, these are very good cold just like cold cheese pizza. Yes, I am that weird. They also freeze well. And think you are getting a feeling breakfast on the go with whole foods. Using rolled oats is healthier than quick cooking oats because they are less processed. No problem.

My sweet potato oatmeal muffins shouldn’t raise your blood sugar levels as bread does. Even organic whole grain bread. Alex went for a regular check up and his blood sugar is 0.1 more than the norm. Not a big deal, right?! But it just shows me how important balance is. Alex doesn’t eat sugar but what he does is eating a toasted PB sandwich with Dave’s Killer bread every morning. And then sometimes with soup for dinner. It is a good bread but it is bread, still. These muffins make a great alternative for him.

Savoury Sweet Potato Oatmeal Muffins recipe made healthy with raw shredded sweet potato, oats, egg, cheese and chipotle in adobo sauce. |

This is how I sent muffins to a fridge. Just for a few days. Didn’t last longer than that. Yes, you can freeze them. Enjoy!


Chipotle Sweet Potato Oatmeal Muffins

5 from 2 reviews

Savoury Sweet Potato Oatmeal Muffins recipe made healthy with raw shredded sweet potato, oats, egg, cheese and chipotle in adobo sauce.

  • Author:
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 38 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x


  • 2 cups (2 medium) raw sweet potato, peeled & shredded
  • 1 cup quick or rolled oats
  • 1 cup any milk (I used unsweetened almond)
  • 1 egg, large
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (less of 1 tbsp), minced
  • 3/4 tsp himalayan pink salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line muffin tin with parchment liners .
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, add all ingredients and mix well. Divide mixture evenly between 12 openings. Bake for 35 minutes. Muffins do not rise and are bubbling during baking.
  3. Remove muffins from the oven and let cool in a tin for 30 minutes to allow muffins to set. Serve warm or cold. Muffins set even more in a fridge

Storage Instructions: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 7 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

olena osipov in the studio

Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. Olena, tell me more about Himalayan salt (listed as an ingredient in this delicious sounding recipe). My daughter-in-law gave me a bag of this pink salt for my birthday, and it looks like very coarse salt pieces – like you took a salt rock and broke it into pieces with a hammer. I wondered what you do with it — do I add it to bath water and take a soak; throw it in a pretty bowl and hope it absorbs the smell of the cheese that dribbled onto the bottom of the oven and is burning right now; use it in the driveway to melt the snow and ice; or do I cook with it.

    Is the Himalayan salt you used a fine powder or is it the coarse stuff? How does it taste different than kosher or sea salt? Will it poison me (smile)? thanks

    1. LOL, no, you cook with it. It is very good for you when you eat it. Minerals and all that stuff. It’s expensive, don’t clean with it. I use fine pink salt, never used coarse one but I have seen it. It tastes just like salt. I think you are supposed to grind coarse salt and use it more as a finishing salt which I rarely do. I just cook with it because no time for 3 kinds of salt in my life lol. You can read more here

      1. Thank you, Olena. You are a wealth of information and this site was very helpful. I loved your comment about chipotle peppers in adobo being the best $3 you ever spent. They are so wonderful. I recently made your chili, and it called for chipotle peppers. It was fabulous and had such a rich, smoky flavor. Can’t wait to make these sweet potato muffins this weekend, and I’ll grind down my Himalayan salt to use in my cooking! Thanks

  2. I seriously enjoyed this post! But really, I keep coming back to your blog for a refreshing dose of honesty. You don’t come by too many blunt people these days and it is nice to know they exist. Plus the recipes are delicious 🙂

    1. 🙂 Those people still exist. I find them by being myself and as soon as they see my honesty they come out of their shell too. And then I hang onto them tight. But I decided I will be true to myself even if it means I’m different for many locals. Like too different to be a close friend. That’s fine. But at least I will never say “we should have you guys over for dinner” 3 times and never follow through on that.
      It seems to be today’s culture and norm in America. “Not hurting feelings” has been taken too far. I find people are scared to say anything that even slightly could be taken the wrong way. Anything. Right away you will be labelled “judging”, “labelling”, “racist” etc. OMG people love this crap that makes them feel important or a victim. It’s like when people sell a house many act like total jerks – the only time in life they feel “rich” and “having power”. At a neighbourhood Halloween party I was talking to a guy and he asked me where I was from. I answered “That is a very broad question” with a smile meaning do you mean originally the country or where is my house. He said “sorry” about 5 times. He thought he offended me questioning my background being non-Canadian born and an immigrant. It would be very funny if it wasn’t so sad.
      I don’t need to share my dirty laundry or know anyone else’s. I just want an honest conversation. It is ridiculous what is going on out there now! I avoid majority of it. I have my blog, my little family, a few friends when and with who I can be myself. I do not have time on phony interactions in real life or social media. I would rather go for a walk. And that is what I’m gonna do right now because I’m mad haha.
      Glad you are enjoying the food. Have a great weekend, Angela. xoxo

  3. This post made me laugh so hard. LOL. You sound just like me…….oh, but you forgot to mention how expensive the crappy school photos are, as well! Drives me crazy!!! Can’t wait to try these muffins…..

    1. Haha, I don’t want to sound negative or constantly nagging though. I accepted the school photo thing. Actually last one turned out very nice and all I pay is $14 each. Once a year. I don’t do year books, mugs, wallet photos etc. I don’t do Christmas cards. I love everyone with my words and actions. But then there are hockey team photos, ball hockey team photos. Water bottles, dry land gear, team hats, school all these fundraisers. I mean there is so much extras that are unnecessary. I do bare minimum. Because at the end of the day everything ends up dusting in the basement or in a donation bin without anyone caring about it. Today any parent really has to filter through all the noise. I respect my hard earned money and have a mortgage to pay and I love vacations. $2 here, $10 there. It all adds up. No, thank you. I’m all in for memories with my eyes and experience. Materialistic stuff our houses are cluttered with I don’t care about and won’t buy.

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