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Incredibly Moist Applesauce Muffins

4.80 from 15 votes
If you want a moist muffin, my Applesauce Muffins recipe results in muffins that are soft, sweet, and exactly what you're looking for.
Applesauce Muffins in a tin

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Hi Bold Bakers!

The secret ingredient to a perfectly moist, easy to make, flavorful muffin every single time? Applesauce. My homemade applesauce muffins are simple to make and perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast. If you like these, you should also try my Double Chocolate Muffins and my Lemon Blueberry Muffins!

These lightly sweet, moist muffins are surprisingly healthy too — so forget about grabbing that store-bought granola bar to satisfy your quick breakfast needs. These muffins are filled with healthy ingredients, including applesauce (of course), oats, whole wheat flour, and honey for sweetness. 

My applesauce muffins may become a weekly treat for you and your family! Kids don’t even know that they’re secretly healthy, and the batter comes together in just minutes. You can even double up the recipe and keep them in the freezer for when you don’t feel like baking! 

A close up of Applesauce Muffins in a tin.

What Are Applesauce Muffins

Applesauce is a key ingredient in these muffins for a few reasons:

  1. It makes the muffin taste just like apple pie.
  2. It helps keep the muffin super, super moist. Is there anything worse than a dry muffin?
  3. These muffins are surprisingly healthy. 

I use unsweetened applesauce, honey, vanilla extract, and cinnamon to flavor these muffins. They’re made even healthier with the addition of whole wheat flour and old-fashioned oats. But the kiddos don’t know that they’re healthy — just that they’re delicious. 

What You Need to Make Applesauce Muffins

How To Make Applesauce Muffins

This may be one of the easiest recipes to whip together — the batter is a cinch to make. Here’s how you make applesauce muffins (get the full recipe with measurements further down on the page):

  1. First, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Line your 12-cup muffin pan with 10 paper liners and set aside for later.
  2. Whisk the applesauce, honey, eggs, oil, and vanilla in a medium bowl.
  3. In another medium bowl, mix the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and oats.
  4. Mix the wet and dry ingredients until moistened and only a few lumps remain.
  5. Pour the batter into the 10 prepared muffin cups and bake for about 18-22 minutes. To test if they are done, insert a skewer into the center — if it comes out clean, they are done baking.
  6. Let the muffins cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Applesauce Muffins

  • Use room temperature ingredients. Muffins, like cake, rise best when all the ingredients are at room temperature.
  • Don’t overmix your batter! A few small lumps are okay. Overmixing will make your muffins too dense. 
  • If you don’t have applesauce, you can make my homemade applesauce
  • You can make delicious variations by adding a ½ cup of blueberries, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or whatever else you like! 
  • This recipe can easily be doubled for a larger crowd.

The interior of my applesauce muffins after baking.

How Do I Store Applesauce Muffins?

You can store leftover muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also freeze the muffins for up to 2 months!

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Applesauce Muffins Recipe

4.80 from 15 votes
If you want a moist muffin, my Applesauce Muffins recipe results in muffins that are soft, sweet, and exactly what you're looking for.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 10 muffins
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
If you want a moist muffin, my Applesauce Muffins recipe results in muffins that are soft, sweet, and exactly what you're looking for.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 10 muffins

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup (6oz/170g) unsweetened applesauce
  • cup (8oz/225g) honey
  • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • cup (2½ floz/71ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (3¾oz/105g) whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup (3¾oz/105g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup (1½oz/43g) old-fashioned oats

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a 12-cup muffin pan with 10 paper liners. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together applesauce, honey, eggs, oil, and vanilla.
  • In a separate medium bowl, mix together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and oats.
  • Mix the wet and dry ingredients together until moistened and only a few lumps remain.
  • Fill the 10 prepared muffin cups evenly and bake for 18-22 minutes until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.
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Manny B.
Manny B.
8 months ago

Hi! How would I make this recipe in a mug?

The Mimi
The Mimi
2 months ago

Sorry, I hadn’t given you time to respond to my question yet, and I couldn’t figure out how to edit it, possibly because it wasn’t approved yet, but I wanted to make sure and post this and upload my photo before I forget!🤪 I only had sweetened applesauce, so I cut the honey in half, and I think it was just right… also added some mini semisweet chocolate chips and they are SO GOOD!!! Will definitely be making a double batch next time, since these taste so much better and are so much better for us than store bought! Thanks… Read more »

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Barbara Shinkle
Barbara Shinkle
4 days ago

Can make the muffins with only all purpose flour?

Monique Judk6
Monique Judk6
19 days ago

Gemma can I make these GF?

The Mimi
The Mimi
2 months ago

I’m planning to make the applesauce for my next try, but noticed that your recipe calls for a small amount of sugar… since this muffin recipe calls for unsweetened applesauce, should we omit the sugar from the applesauce recipe?

Kerry
Kerry
2 months ago

I love your recipes especially the banana bread. I was excited to try this because my boyfriend can’t have sugar right now other than natural sugars. I don’t know what happened but mine were so dry even though I didn’t even keep them in the whole time because they looked like they were done early. I don’t know what I did wrong, followed the recipe exactly 🙁

Cissy
Cissy
2 months ago

I just made these muffins. Very moist. Next time I will use a bit of nutmeg and allspice to give them even more flavor. I love that this recipe isn’t high in fat.

Lynn
Lynn
2 months ago

Why were mine so bland? 🤔

Tonantzin
Tonantzin
3 months ago

Made these the night before for my kids who wake up so early, they were a hit, will definitely be making these again and adding nuts and maybe more apple s chopped up to get them more fruit. But honestly they were so easy to make I’m sure my kids will be making them on their own. Thank you Gemma!

Emily Ramnanan
Emily Ramnanan
3 months ago

Can I use apple pie filling instead of apple sauce?

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