Applesauce Muffins! Fluffy, tender oatmeal muffins made with cinnamon, applesauce, and a touch of honey, these pleasantly plump, healthy muffins contain no butter and no sugar. Best (and most importantly) of all, they are scrumptious!

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These wholesome muffins are simple, cozy, and homey in the best possible way.

The warm touch of cinnamon and the toasty bits of oatmeal make me think of spontaneous hugs and baking something fun just because.

And while I have a few different oatmeal muffin options—Healthy Pumpkin Muffins, Healthy Oatmeal Muffins (and even more non-oatmeal muffin options like Healthy Banana MuffinsHealthy Zucchini Muffins, and all of these healthy muffin recipes)—I did not have a recipe to suit what I was most craving: a batch of good, old-fashioned applesauce muffins.

This is the ideal healthy muffin for kids, toddlers, and adults alike.

The familiar flavors of cinnamon and applesauce appeal to all, they are perfect for breakfasts on the go, and the healthy ingredient lineup means you’ll feel great eating them too.

THESE ARE THE BEST APPLESAUCE MUFFINS YOU WILL EVER BAKE. I pinky promise!

The best applesauce muffins in a muffin pan

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“THE MUFFINS ARE SO GOOD! They are definitely moist, which I love.”

— Meesh —

How to Make Healthy Applesauce Muffins

While these aren’t one bowl applesauce muffins, the prep is incredibly simple, quick, and you don’t need a mixer.

With warm, cozy spices and a tender crumb, these muffins are a heart-warming embrace wrapped into a tiny package.


The Ingredients

  • Flour. These muffins are 100% whole grain, meaning they are rich in fiber and other nutrients to keep you fuller for longer. I promise they don’t taste like it! Enjoy the healthy breakfast boost, and help yourself to another.
  • Applesauce. You can use applesauce in muffins (either store-bought or homemade versions like Crockpot Applesauce or Instant Pot Applesauce) to make them moist. It’s an excellent replacement for a portion of the oil in many healthy baking recipes like this one. Here, applesauce also becomes part of the muffins’ flavor.
  • Eggs. To create the perfect muffin texture.

Substitution Tip

For applesauce muffins no eggs, you can experiment with flax eggs instead.

  • Honey. I wanted to see if I could make applesauce muffins no sugar by using honey as a natural sweetener. While honey is still a form of sugar, it’s more natural, and I simply adore the way its homey taste pairs with the oatmeal.
  • Oats. Heart-healthy rolled oats are high in fiber, give the muffins a delicious texture, and make them more filling (just like in these Oatmeal Pancakes).
  • Coconut Oil. Since these are applesauce muffins no butter, we need a little oil to create perfectly moist, flavorful muffins.

Why Make Applesauce Muffins with Oil

This recipe takes advantage of the old healthy baking trick to swap applesauce for half of the oil in muffins.

  • I do not recommend substituting 100% of the oil for applesauce in this muffin recipe (or any other). Baked recipes like muffins do need some fat to ensure they come out soft and splendid.
  • If you use only applesauce in a muffin recipe, the muffins will be gummy.
  • Generally, if the recipe doesn’t already contain applesauce, you can swap half of the amount of oil for the same amount of unsweetened applesauce.
  • In this recipe, I’ve already cut out as much of the oil as possible and used applesauce; please don’t reduce it further.
  • Cinnamon, Spice, and Everything Nice. I knew I wanted to make cinnamon applesauce muffins. For extra flavor, I added cinnamon’s BFFs nutmeg and allspice. These two small touches make the muffins truly special.
  • Coarse Sugar. For a dreamy, lightly crunchy sweet muffin topping.

The Directions

  1. Mix the wet ingredients together in one bowl, and whisk the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
A mixing bowl with oats on top of batter
  1. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Stir to combine, adding in the oats.
  1. Pour the batter into the wells of a muffin pan. Sprinkle sugar over the top of each muffin, then bake the applesauce muffins for 18 to 22 minutes at 350 degrees F. Let cool on a wire rack, then DIG IN!
Healthy applesauce muffins with sugar on top

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Place muffins in a single layer in an airtight storage container lined with paper towels. Store at room temperature for up to 4 days.
  • To Freeze. Freeze muffins in an airtight, freezer-safe storage container or ziptop bag for up to 3 months. Thaw and enjoy as desired.

Meal Prep Tip

Wrap muffins individually in plastic wrap, and store them in an airtight freezer-safe storage container in the freezer for up to 3 months. They’re perfect for grab-and-go breakfasts and snacks!

See my guide on How to Store Muffins for additional tips and tricks.

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What to Serve with Applesauce Muffins

Applesauce muffins with oil in a muffin pan

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

  • Muffin Pan. Perfect for making these applesauce muffins.
  • Measuring Cups. These are great because they wash well and don’t bend when scooping a particularly hefty cup of oatmeal.
  • Measuring Spoons. These stay organized in my drawer. Also, two sides mean fewer dishes to wash.

The Best Muffin Pan

This muffin pan is ideal for any of your favorite recipes. It’s durable, easy to clean, won’t warp, and the muffins don’t stick.

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!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make These Muffins Gluten Free?

To make applesauce muffins gluten-free, swap the white whole wheat flour for a 1:1 gluten free flour like this one. Make sure your oats are certified gluten free.

I don’t recommend trying to swap coconut flour or almond flour in this recipe. If you want to use one of these flours, try my Coconut Flour Muffins or Almond Flour Pumpkin Muffins instead.

What Are the Best Applesauce Muffin Mix-Ins?

While we enjoy these muffins without any mix-ins, I think chopped walnuts (a favorite in this Apple Bread) or pecans, raisins, dried cranberries, or blueberries would be delicious.

How Can I Make Vegan Applesauce Muffins?

If you need these muffins to be vegan, try using flax eggs instead of regular eggs and swap the honey for maple syrup.

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!

Applesauce Muffins

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Fluffy, healthy applesauce muffins with oatmeal, cinnamon, and honey. No sugar and no butter needed for these moist, healthy muffins.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 40 mins

Servings: 10 muffins

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce store-bought or homemade Crockpot Applesauce
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil melted & cooled 
  • 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)

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • 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 salt.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Notes

  • TO STORE: Place muffins in a single layer in an airtight storage container lined with paper towels. Store at room temperature for up to 4 days.
  • TO FREEZE: Wrap muffins individually in plastic wrap, and store them in an airtight, freezer-safe storage container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • See my guide on How to Store Muffins for additional tips and tricks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin, without mix-ins or sugar toppingCalories: 319kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 8gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 37mgPotassium: 140mgFiber: 6gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 63IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 2mg

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  1. Mu husband made these tonight. They are delicious! I am so glad I found your site. All of your recipes are becoming staples in our house.5 stars

  2. They were very good and I felt I was being so healthy! I did swap flour for brown rice flour and taste is good but there is a little grainy texture. Will try with coconut flour next time.5 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed them, Gwen! Since regular flour and coconut flour react very differently in baking, I wouldn’t recommend using it in this recipe. If you’d like to try a coconut flour recipe, I’d suggest trying my Coconut Flour Muffins instead.

  3. These muffins are AWESOME. I scaled back on the allspice/nutmeg in favour of ginger… and they are fantastic. Will def make these again!
    -Ashley5 stars

  4. These just came out of the oven and they are delicious. I thought it odd the recipe only made 10 muffins, so I had a brilliant idea to make 6 jumbo muffins. I baked for 28 minutes and they were perfectly baked. I added 1/2 cup of Hammons chopped Black Walnuts pieces. Love black walnuts in baked goods. You can find the brand at Walmart. I also did 1 tsp of Bob’s Red Mill sparkling sugar on each one before baking. This recipe is a keeper and I am now a follower of Well Plated.5 stars

  5. So we are Gluten Free (GF) here and my girls are picky about oats. I subbed a GF flour for the whole wheat and almond flour for the oats. They came out SO perfect. I even used a mini muffin pan for small hands and they cooked in probably about 10-12 mins total. I checked and rotated about every 4 mins. Thank you for this! We will make again.5 stars

      1. Thank you for this healthier recipe! I made the muffins with the maple syurp and they where so good. I also, used my homemade thick apple sauce wich gave it extra moisture. I will make them again!5 stars

  6. Hi, these look delicious, but I don’t have coconut oil. Can I use regular vegetable oil? And how about substituting for AP flour instead of white whole wheat? Thanks!

    1. Hi Kate! You can use another neutral-flavored oil or butter instead of coconut oil, and all-purpose flour will work great. I hope you enjoy them!

  7. What can I use in the place of the honey and coconut oil? Can I substitute maple syrup for honey, and if yes, how much? Olive oil for coconut oil?

    1. Hi Viju! You can swap in the same amount of maple syrup and use another neutral-flavored oil instead of coconut oil. I hope you enjoy them!

    1. Yumm!! My 2.5 yr old and I made these today. Maple syrup instead of honey, olive oil instead of coconut, and some extra allspice (I don’t know how much, my toddler measured with her heart 🤣) They are delicious though!!5 stars

  8. The flavor is wonderful in these muffins but I find that they are too dry. Last time I added a couple of tablespoons of Greek yogurt and it added moisture. Another thought I had in order to keep them vegan was to add one banana puréed. Maybe increase the amount of applesauce in the muffin?4 stars

    1. Hi Shawn! I have only tested the recipe as written, but I think you could experiment with either option. If you decide to try it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

    1. Hi Lisa! Since regular flour and almond flour react very differently in baking, I wouldn’t recommend this swap. If you’d like to try an almond flour recipe, I’d suggest checking out these delicious options instead.

      1. Hi Erin,

        Thank you! And I have to let you know that your site and recipes are my favorites! And your videos are so well done and at a pace that is easy to follow. So thank you for that.

        Lisa

  9. Turned out excellent. My kids loved and I used whole wheat flour and just a half cup of honey. Yum! Thanks5 stars

  10. Liked them and got lots of compliments. Used only homemade rolled oat flour ( a bit over 2.5 cups of oats ground in vitamix )used ground cloves instead of nutmeg and topped with pure maple sugar. Yum!5 stars

  11. These turned out great! I used Einkorn flour instead of whole wheat and added dried cranberries and walnuts. I used maple syrup instead of honey as well because that’s what I had on hand. Will definitely make again, they are delicious and healthy.5 stars

    1. Thanks for the feedback Christine, so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for this kind review!

  12. I was looking at the Oatmeal applesauce muffin recipe

    where do i find the amounts of each ingredient?

    1. Hi Colleen! The recipe card is located right above the area where you commented. Also there is a “jump to recipe” button that will help get you to the recipe faster. Hope this helps and hope you enjoy the muffins!

  13. Yum! Great muffins! Nicely spiced and super tasty with 1/2C of golden raisins. Planning to bake a double batch tomorrow to add to my selection of wellplated freezer snacks! Thanks Erin, you’re awesome!5 stars

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