Applesauce Muffins

I’d like to welcome the newest member of our healthy muffins recipe family: Applesauce Muffins! Fluffy, tender oatmeal muffins made with cinnamon, applesauce, and a touch of honey, these pleasantly plump muffins contain no butter, no sugar, and best (and most importantly) of all, they are SO TASTY!

A delicious and healthy recipe for Applesauce Muffins with oatmeal, cinnamon, and honey. Healthy, tasty muffins with no sugar and no butter! The perfect healthy muffins for kids and grown-ups too!

These healthy Applesauce Muffins are simple, cozy, and homey in the best possible way. They make me think of school day mornings and spontaneous hugs and fuzzy socks, all of which I would happily welcome more of in my life.

Well, maybe not the school day mornings, but if you are looking for healthy muffins for kids, these cinnamon applesauce muffins are super kid friendly and perfect for breakfasts on the go too!

Applesauce Muffins—The New Healthy Muffin Recipe You Need to Try!

Healthy applesauce muffins sweetened naturally with honey.

With the plethora of healthy muffin recipes on this website (including a handful of healthy oatmeal muffin recipes), I realize that it might seem a bit superfluous to add another, to which I say, can we ever have too many hugs? Or fuzzy socks? Or snug, healthy breakfasts? I think not!

And while I have a few different oatmeal muffin options—Healthy Blueberry Muffins, Banana Oatmeal Muffins, Maple Oatmeal Muffins—and even more non-oatmeal muffin options—Healthy Banana Muffins, Healthy Zucchini Muffins, ALL OF THESE MUFFINS—I did not have a recipe to suit what I was most craving: a good, old-fashioned applesauce muffin.

A delicious and healthy recipe for Applesauce Muffins with oatmeal, cinnamon, and honey. Healthy, tasty muffins with no sugar and no butter! The perfect healthy muffins for kids and grown-ups too!

This craving seemed perfectly reasonable. I set out to make the Very Best Applesauce Muffins in the land.

Ta-da! Today’s recipe is it.

Best applesauce muffins, made with 100% whole grain flour, cinnamon, and other spices.

Here is what we have:

  • Spice and Everything Nice. I knew I wanted to make cinnamon applesauce muffins, and for extra flavor, I added cinnamon’s BFFs nutmeg and allspice. These two small touches make the muffins truly special.
  • Natural Sweetener. I wanted to see if I could develop a recipe for applesauce muffins with no sugar, replacing it with honey instead. While honey is still a form of sugar, it’s more natural, and I simply adore the way its familiar, homey taste pairs with the oatmeal.
  • No Butter. While I am certainly not opposed to butter in my muffin recipes, I decided to play around to see if I could make these applesauce muffins without it. To make sure the final muffins stayed nice and moist, I made the Applesauce Muffins with oil (a small amount), though the majority of their softness and splendid texture comes from the applesauce itself. If you prefer butter, you can certainly use it instead of the coconut oil.

Easy, healthy applesauce muffins are made with rolled oats and applesauce.

  • 100% Whole Grain. But I promise they don’t taste like it! Enjoy the healthy breakfast boost and help yourself to another.
  • Diet Flexible. If you’d like the oatmeal muffins to be gluten free, swap the white whole wheat flour for a 1:1 Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Blend like this one. For vegan applesauce muffins, use flax eggs and swap the maple syrup for honey.
  • THE BEST APPLESAUCE MUFFINS YOU WILL EVER BAKE. I pinky promise!

Healthy applesauce muffins that are perfect for on-the-go breakfasts and snacks. Kid friendly too!

Welcome to the healthy muffin family, Applesauce Muffins!

Recommended Tools to Make Applesauce Muffins

  • This brilliant muffin tin: It’s durable, easy to clean, and comes with a lid so that you can easily transport the muffins too.
  • I like metal measuring cups because they wash well and don’t bend when I’m scooping a particularly hefty cup of oatmeal.
  • I love these two-sided magnetic measuring spoons because they stay organized in my drawer. Also, two sides means fewer dishes when I’m in the middle of a recipe and need to use the same amount twice for different ingredients.

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Applesauce Muffins

A delicious and healthy recipe for Healthy Applesauce Muffins with oatmeal, cinnamon, and honey. Easy to make with no sugar and no butter! The perfect healthy muffins for kids and grown-ups too.

Yield: 10 muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup melted, cooled coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • up to 1/2 cup optional mix-ins: chopped walnuts, raisins, dried cranberries, blueberries, etc. (I kept it simple and left them out, but feel free to add if you like)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coarse sugar, such as raw (turbinado) sugar or sparkling sugar, for sprinkling on top (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 10 wells in a standard 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick spray or line with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the applesauce, honey, eggs, coconut oil, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and sat.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the bowl with the wet ingredients and stir just until combined. The batter will be a little lumpy. Gently stir in the rolled oats and any other desired mix-ins.
  4. Divide evenly among the muffin cups, filling each almost to the top. Sprinkle the tops with coarse sugar, if desired. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and place the muffin tin on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes, then gently remove the muffins from the pan (run a butter knife around the edges if the muffins are sticking) and let them cool completely on the wire rack.
  • Store (or freeze) according to this guide for how to store muffins.
  • TO MAKE VEGAN: Replace the eggs with flax eggs. (Mix 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal + 5 tablespoons water. Let sit 5 minutes, then use in place of the eggs). Replace honey with maple syrup.
  • TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE: Replace the white whole wheat flour with a 1:1 GF All Purpose Substitute Blend.
All images and text ©Erin Clarke/Well Plated.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 muffin, without mix-ins

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 227 Calories
  • Total Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 37mg
  • Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 19g
  • Protein: 4g

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A delicious and healthy recipe for Healthy Applesauce Muffins with oatmeal, cinnamon, and honey. Easy to make with no sugar and no butter! The perfect healthy muffins for kids and grown-ups too! {gluten free, vegan} #appesaucemuffins #oatmeal #nosugar #healthy

A delicious and healthy recipe for Healthy Applesauce Muffins with oatmeal, cinnamon, and honey. Easy to make with no sugar and no butter! The perfect healthy muffins for kids and grown-ups too! {gluten free, vegan} #appesaucemuffins #oatmeal #nosugar #healthy

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About Erin Clarke

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28 comments

  1. I have everything needed, except to get more honey, to make these! Once our current muffins and chai carrot banana bread stash is enjoyed, these are next on my list! Matt noticed I’ve been in a baking kick for months, but when I follow such awesome bloggers such as yourself, I am inspired all the time. I feel more comfortable cooking than baking, but after following many of your recipes and others, I’m growing in confidence!

  2. These just sound pleasantly comforting. I love it when I have all the ingredients for a recipe. Thanks for what sounds like a good one – will be trying it this week probably. Have a good rest of the week.

  3. You are the muffin queen!!

  4. Such a perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack!

  5. shawnna Griffin Reply

    hey girl- these muffins look amazing!

  6. Nicole Lindsay Reply

    My kiddos can’t seem to eat a whole big muffin alone, and god for bid we cup it one in half and share!  Any idea on bake time for mini muffins?

    • Hi Nicole, I haven’t baked these as mini muffins so I don’t have an exact recommendation, but I’d start checking them around 10 minutes and go from there. I hope you enjoy!

  7. Megan Sarchfield Reply

    Can I use quick oats instead of old fashioned? I went to the grocery store and couldn’t find old fashioned. I have some quick oats in my cupboard that I’d like to use up.

  8. Do you have a substitute for the coconut oil? I have all the ingredients except that? Thanks!!

  9. Just wondered what I could use instead of the honey? I have all the other ingredients, and really want to make these, but am without a car today to go to the grocery store. Thank you!

  10. Made these- they are awesome!

  11. My daughter made these over the weekend, and they are already gone! I like that they were healthy and not too sweet. Great recipe!

    Rating: 5
  12. These look so delicious. Could I make these sans honey? or even with half the honey? or have you tried it. I have a terrible sweet tooth and could eat the honey from the jar (of course, you know too much of it and you will puke! haha!). 

    • Hi Amy! The muffins are not very sweet and do need the honey for moisture and flavor, so I’d recommend leaving the amount as is. If you’d like to experiment, you could try reducing the total by 1 tablespoon or 2, but again, I’ve never tested the recipe this way, so I can’t 100% vouch for it. If you decide to play around, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  13. I had to come back and rate this recipe! They’re delicious!! Bob’s Red Mill’s GF 1-for-1 baking flour is awesome, and it is the only change I made so that Matt could enjoy them too. We had Bob’s Red Mill muesli that I used as our add-ins. I’ve enjoyed the muffin without any sugar on top and am currently enjoying one with cream cheese and chai sugar. Thank you for a great go-to muffin recipe!

    Rating: 5
    • Kori, I’m so glad you love the recipe! Thanks so much for sharing your tweaks…cream cheese and chai sugar sounds amazing!!

  14. What would happen if I put in an extra egg?I made it the way you said and the batter tasted wonderful. I did add a bit extra honey.

    Rating: 5
    • Hi Tzipora, I haven’t tested the recipe with more than two eggs, but adding an additional one will change the texture and moisture content of the muffins (the batter will be more wet). I can’t recommend it since I haven’t tried it personally, but if you decide to experiment, I’d love to hear how it goes.

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