• Cooking Time: 40 minutes
  • Servings: 16 muffins
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes


On October 9th, 2012, Tropical Foods had its Flavors of the Fall Recipe Contest with the culinary students at the Charlotte Campus of Johnson & Wales University. This recipe, Coffee’s Best Friend, was created by Bridget McQuaige.


  • 1 cup Tropical Food’s PB&J Mix®, separated
  • ¼ cup Tropical Food’s PB&J Mix®
  • 12 muffin liners
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cardamom
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. heavy cream
  • ¼ cup and 1 tbsp. white sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 banana, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil


  • Peel and chop sweet potato into one-inch cubes and toss with cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg.
  • Melt butter in a pot and add in seasoned sweet potato cubes.
  • Stir and add in cream and maple syrup.
  • Cover and bring to a gentle simmer.
  • Cook for 20 minutes, or until soft.
  • Blend ¼ cup Tropical Food’s PB&J Mix® and 1 tbsp. white sugar in a blender, until it resembles fine crumbs.
  • Separate the remaining PB&J Mix® by placing cranberries and peanut butter chips in one bowl and peanuts in a separate bowl.
  • Roughly chop half the peanuts in the food processor and set aside. Process the other half until it forms a thick paste.
  • Sift together flour, brown sugar, ¼ cup white sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  • Add chopped peanuts, cranberries and peanut butter chips to dry ingredients.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Add chopped banana and peanut paste to the tender sweet potatoes; mash or puree.
  • Mix egg, milk and oil in a medium bowl, then whisk in sweet potato mixture. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.
  • Combine with a spoon until moistened, but do not over mix batter.
  • Spoon batter into muffin cups and bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

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