Applesauce Muffins

These delicious and healthy Applesauce Muffins are easy to make and oh-so-tasty. If you’re looking for the best easy muffin recipe, this is the one for you. Muffins can be delicious and fun to make with minimal ingredients and lots of flavors!

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

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 cliché. 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.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Applesauce adds moisture to these muffins, making them tender and delicious
  • Whole wheat pastry flour adds nutrition, but still keeps the muffins light (not dense like whole wheat flour)
  • Cinnamon adds the perfect hint of spice in every tasty bite!

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Applesauce — I use unsweetened applesauce, which is very easy to find in most grocery stores.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vegetable oil — Any neutral oil will work here, such as canola oil, olive oil, or even melted refined coconut oil.
  • Ground flaxseed — We’re using ground flaxseed as an egg replacer, or you can substitute an equal quantity of chia seeds.
  • Plant-based milk — Use your favorite plant-based milk (plain or vanilla), such as soy milk, almond milk, oat milk, etc.
  • Whole wheat pastry flour — I recommend whole wheat pastry flour or substitute all-purpose flour. If you want to use whole wheat flour, be sure to mix it half-and-half with all-purpose flour.
  • Baking soda + baking powder — Make sure yours is fresh by testing a bit of baking soda in vinegar and baking powder in hot water. If it bubbles, your batch is fresh.
  • Ground Cinnamon — I love cinnamon and apples, but you can substitute pumpkin pie spice.
  • Salt — I use either table salt or sea salt.
  • Pecans — This is an optional ingredient, but a few nuts add crunch and a nutty flavor.
  • Oats — Add a few raw oats flakes to the top of the unbaked muffins for a dramatic look.

How to Make Applesauce Muffins

  1. Mix together the applesauce, sugar, oil, ground flax seeds, and soymilk.
    A hand holds a spatula and reaches in to stir golden colored liquid in a bowl.
  2. Stir together the dry ingredients, from the flour to the salt.
    A flour mixture is in a glass bowl.
  3. Pour the applesauce mixture into the flour mixture, stirring until just combined.
  4. Spoon batter into a prepared muffin pan, filling them about ⅔ full. 
    A hand holds a scoop, dropping batter into muffin compartments in a muffin pan.
  5. Bake for approximately 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges of the muffins are golden brown.

Storage Tips

Store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, in the fridge for up to 7 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

A hand reaches into a group of muffins to grab one.

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Cupcakes vs. Muffins

This recipe pushes the boundaries between muffins and cupcakes. Are they Applesauce Muffins or Applesauce Cupcakes?

Both muffins and cupcakes fit these descriptions:

  • Is a single serving
  • Similar in shape
  • Can be baked in papers
  • Can be served with frosting (I’ve seen some cupcakes without icing and some muffins that do).

Cupcakes are usually sweeter which is why I went with muffins for this recipe.

More Vegan Muffins

If you love these applesauce 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.

That’s it for these cinnamon applesauce muffins. Enjoy!

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!
5 from 3 votes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ 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
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons rolled oats (optional: for topping)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. 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 the applesauce mixture to the flour mixture. Stir until just combined.
  • Spoon batter into the prepared muffin pan, filling them about ⅔ full. Optional: Add a few raw oats to the top of each muffin for decoration.
  • Bake for approximately 20 to 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 for 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.

This post was originally published in 2019 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

21 Responses to Applesauce Muffins

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJeanne Reply

    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.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Oh, context is good!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyPachecopatty Reply

    Muffin or cupcake, that’s a good problem to have:) I like this recipe, they look absolutely delicious.

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyBeth Reply

    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.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Synchronicity!!!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyDiane Reply

    I don’t care what you call them….I want some!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I’ll be making some for you here soon!

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyBarbara Bakes Reply

    I’d be happy to eat this all day long.

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMonet Reply

    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.

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyGrace Reply

    You’ve put your applesauce to good use, these look marvellous! I bet your house smelled delicious while they were baking.

    Happy Halloween Marly

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Yes – I have to get busy using all that applesauce I made!!

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyBarbara Bakes Reply

    We love muffins at our house, but I rarely make cupcakes. So I’m glad you called them muffins! I’m sure they’re fabulous.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Maybe we should create some new kind of name for them. Muffincakes? CupMuffins? Or Mup Muffins?

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyChef Dennis Reply

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

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      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!

  10. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCrustabakes Reply

    Apples and cinnamon. A good classic combination! These muffins are looking really good!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

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

  11. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyStella Reply

    Yummerz! I’m going to put frosting on my muffins from now on… Oh, and still call them muffins:)

  12. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJennie Reply

    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. 🙂

  13. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyHofterzielbeek Reply

    Yummy !! Muffins is my favourite, I just love to have muffins at any time. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I’m so glad you like this recipe!

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