Taro Vanilla Cream Cheese Chip Muffins
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Taro Vanilla Cream Cheese Chip Muffins


Cream cheese chips make these two-tone taro vanilla muffins delicious mouthwatering sweet snacking! Each bite contains a sweet vanilla flavor from the taro and vanilla muffin crumb. These moist and flavorful muffins are as pretty as a cupcake when opened to reveal the two-tone light lavender and white inside. 

When my son introduced me to Taro powder, I wasn’t sure what to use it for. That happy stumble upon something new has led to some great and not-so-great experimenting in the kitchen. These delicious creations were a happy kitchen innovation. It gave me a reason to use that fragrant and oh-so-pretty Taro powder, and we discovered the new cream cheese chips are so delicious. 

Originally I was going to marble the muffins. However, the batter is thicker and doesn’t allow it to cooperate with the mixing required for a marbled muffin. Hence the creation of a two-tone muffin. Either way, the subtle difference in flavor from the Taro portion to the vanilla base is almost imperceivable. The strong cream cheese-flavored chips make this moist muffin a must-try recipe. 

If you can’t find the cream cheese chips in your local store-they are newer-you can substitute in white chocolate chips or omit them altogether. 

If you love Taro powder, try out the Taro Blue Pea Flower pinwheel cookie recipe!

Let’s get out of the mixing bowl and muffin pan!

Starting off with the making of the base batter, we follow the usual directions needed. Cream the oil and sugar together before adding the sour cream and eggs. 

Once you have the wet ingredients and blended well you can add in the flour and other dry ingredients. Hold off on adding the Taro just yet. Mix well and add the milk to the muffin batter. Divide the unflavored batter between two bowls.

One-third and two-thirds. The one-third muffin batter will have your vanilla extract added to it, and the other bowl with two-thirds the batter gets the..you guessed it, Taro powder. I used four tablespoons of Taro powder; you don’t want to add more as it can make the batter a bit gummy.

After blending the Taro powder, add the cream cheese chips and mix well.

You will drop the vanilla batter into your prepared muffin pan first. On top of that, put the Taro muffin batter equally in each cup. Your muffin tins will be nearly full of batter. That’s okay.

You will want to start these off in a high-temperature preheated oven of 425 degrees Fahrenheit so that they dome nicely. Reduce the heat after ten mins and continue to bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 more minutes or until they test for doneness. If there are exposed cream cheese chips, they are prone to browning. It won’t affect the overall flavor but a little less pretty. 

Remove the finished muffins from the oven and allow to cool before removing from the pan. This muffin recipe makes up 12 large muffins. 

We loved this muffin so much that these were gone in a matter of a day or two. They are a dense muffin that does require airtight storage to avoid drying out. 

In what ways can you switch up the Taro Vanilla muffin?

  • Add in some shredded coconut instead of the cream cheese chips. 
  • Replace the cream cheese chips with white chocolate chips or even milk chocolate chips.
  • Omit the Taro powder and make a straight vanilla muffin with cream cheese chips.

Expert Tips:

  1. Blend the cream cheese chips so that none are exposed to avoid browning them.
  2. Use more sour cream instead of milk in the recipe to add moisture.
  3. Be sure to prepare your muffin pans with baking grease to avoid having a mess to clean up afterward. I use cooking spray in my non-stick pan and have had no issues. 
taro Vanilla Cream Cheese Chip Muffins

Sweet Taro Vanilla Cream Cheese Chip Muffins

Amber Bondar
These two-tone Taro and Vanilla muffins are packed full of sweet creamy cream cheese chips. Each muffin has a pretty lavender and white interior that has a subtle flavor of vanilla. The cream cheese chips offer a sweet bite each and every time. Perfect for a sweet snack on the go or back to school lunch treat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 11


  • 2 Mixing Bowls
  • 1 Tablespoon
  • 1 Teaspoon
  • 2 Measuring Cups
  • 1 12 Cup Muffin Tin


  • ½ Cup Oil
  • ½ Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ Cup Sour Cream
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • 4 Tbsp Taro Powder
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Pkg Cream Cheese Baking Chips 280gms


  • In a large mixing bowl add the oil and sugar blend well.
  • Add in the two eggs and beat until fluffy.
  • Mix in the sour cream and blend well.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, and salt to the wet ingredients.
  • Start mixing and add in the milk as needed to keep mixture wet.
  • Divide the mixed muffin batter. Two thirds into another mixing bowl.
  • Add to the one third muffin batter the vanilla flavoring.
  • Add to the other mixing bowl with two thirds batter the Taro powder.
  • Be sure to blend the Taro powder in well before adding in the cream cheese chips.
  • In the prepared muffin pan add a spoonful of vanilla batter to each cup.
  • Add the Taro and cream cheese chip batter on top of the vanilla batter until the cup is almost to full.
  • Bake in preheated 425℉ oven for ten minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 350℉ and continue to bake for ten to fifteen minutes or until they test for done.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool before removing from pan.
Keyword fruit muffins, sweet snacking, Taro, vanilla

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