Applesauce Muffins — Healthy Recipe

This delicious and healthy Applesauce Muffins Recipe is easy to make and oh-so-tasty! If you’re looking for the best easy apple muffin recipe, this is the one for you! Easy healthy muffins recipes can be delicious and fun to make with minimal ingredients and lots of flavor!

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A delicious way to start out any day should include oatmeal Applesauce Muffins as part of breakfast. I would say “part of a complete breakfast” but that’s so cliche! I’ll just stick with delicious.

I knew when I set out to make these, I wanted my applesauce muffins healthy! That’s one reason I used whole wheat pastry flour for added fiber!

How to Make Applesauce Muffins

It’s easy to make recipes for Applesauce Muffins! Begin with heating your oven to 350F degrees and lightly coat the muffin pan with cooking spray or paper liners.

In a large bowl mix together the applesauce, sugar, oil, ground flax seeds and soymilk.

Note: This apple muffins with applesauce uses unsweetened applesauce!

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In a separate, bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add pecans and applesauce mixture to the flour mixture. Stir until just combined.

Note: Use gluten free flour to make gluten free applesauce muffins. I love using Bob Red’s Mill 1:1 gluten free baking flour.

Flour in a glass bowl.

Drop batter into prepared muffin pan, filling them until about 2/3 full.

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Whole wheat applesauce muffins are perfect for a healthy breakfast!

Bake for approximately 20 -25 minutes. Insert a tester into one of the muffins to see if it comes out clean. The edges of the top of the muffins should be golden brown.

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Healthy muffin recipes can be delicious too!

New to Vegan Baking?

The idea of making cookies, cakes or muffins without eggs or dairy can seem like a hill too tall to climb! But with the simple tips in my Guide to Vegan Baking, you’ll be baking like a vegan pro in no time!

Cupcakes vs. Muffins

In reality, this Applesauce Muffin recipe is a source of conflict for me. They seem to push the boundaries between muffins and cupcakes.

I was in a dilemma. What should I call this recipe? Easy Applesauce Muffins or Applesauce Cupcakes?

So I went to Wikipedia to do a little research.

Here’s what I found.

Muffins

  • Generally fit into the palm of an adult hand
  • Meant to be eaten in one sitting (or one bite…whatever you prefer)
  • Similar in shape to cupcakes but generally not as sweet and generally do not have icing (whoops!)

Cupcakes

  • Designed to serve one person
  • Usually baked in a small, thin paper
  • Usually has frosting and sprinkles

Obviously I think names are really important but this is one time where I’d like to go on the record as saying the name doesn’t really matter. Not at all! I’ve seen some cupcakes without icing and some muffins that do.

And that’s the beautiful thing about these best Applesauce Muffins, you can eat them just about any time…night or day!

More Vegan Muffins

If you love these apple sauce muffins, be sure to check these other healthy breakfast muffin recipes too:

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For more vegan apple recipes, be sure and try my Vegan Apple Pie recipe. If you love deep dish apple pie with a buttery crust, that is the one for you! Also, my Vegan Apple Crisp is simply divine! For something completely simple and delicious, this Baked Apple Slices recipe is the best!

Several applesauce muffins sit next to each other.
Applesauce oatmeal muffins are delicious!

That’s it for these cinnamon applesauce muffins!

I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

Two applesauce muffins are stacked on top of each other with more muffins behind them.

Applesauce Muffins

These moist, delicious applesauce muffins are lightly sweetened and wholesome thanks to whole wheat flour. It's a perfect easy muffin recipe to get your day started right!
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Applesauce Muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 198kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 3 tablespoons plant-based milk
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons rolled oats (optional: for topping)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly coat a muffin pan with cooking spray or paper liners.
  • In a large bowl mix together the applesauce, sugar, oil, ground flax seeds and soymilk.
  • In a separate, bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Optional: Add pecans to the flour mixture. Next, add applesauce mixture to the flour mixture. Stir until just combined.
  • Spoon batter into prepared muffin pan, filling them about 2/3 full. Optional: Add a few raw oats to the top of each muffin for decoration.
  • Bake for approximately 20 -25 minutes. Insert a tester into one of the muffins to see if it comes out clean. The edges of the top of the muffins should be golden brown.
  • Store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days, in the fridge for up to 7 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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Nutrition Facts
Applesauce Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Sodium 204mg9%
Potassium 141mg4%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 21IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Enjoy!

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21 Responses to Applesauce Muffins — Healthy Recipe

  1. Ah, the great muffin/cupcake debate! I think it’s all about context. If I eat it for breakfast, it’s a muffin. If I eat it at a birthday party, it’s a cupcake. These would definitely fit the bill as muffins or cupcakes! Yum.

  2. Whatever you call it, it looks delicious! It’s funny — earlier today I was reading about the difference between cupcakes and muffins. I still don’t understand what the difference is, but if it’s got applesauce and cinnamon, I will love it.

  3. Often times I will take classic muffin recipes and turn them into cupcakes by just adding frosting. I agree that the name doesn’t really matter…as long as you enjoy them! Thank you for sharing, and I’m sorry if I’ve been a bit sparse here…we are going through such a trial. Thank you for all your kind words.

  4. whats not to love about applesauce muffins!! and your cinnamon icing sounds like a wonderful addition, taking it over the top!

    • Dennis – it’s true. I don’t think they would be quite the same without the icing. Oh, who am I kidding? They’re great either way!

    • They are! And they make wonderful gifts to give to people. I took some to a friend who was moving yesterday. Love doing that!

  5. Hi Marly! I found your blog after doing a google search for vegan muffins. I made these yesterday for a friend. They are simply divine!! I will be back for more delicious recipes. 🙂

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