Applesauce Muffins

12 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes

Applesauce Muffins are the perfect healthy baked goods to start your day. Made with whole wheat flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and applesauce.

This simple muffin recipe is the perfect baked good to enjoy for Breakfast. Try our Cinnamon Streusel Muffins and Blueberry Crumb Muffins for more classic muffins. 

Sabrina’s Applesauce Muffins Recipe

Applesauce Muffins are the perfect addition to your breakfast table. They’re a simple baked good that you can prepare in about 30 minutes. Plus, the delicious apple cinnamon flavor and fluffy texture make them a huge crowd-pleaser. On top of all that, Applesauce Muffins are also a healthy muffin recipe!

Too often, making your favorite baked goods healthy means sacrificing taste. However, that’s not the case with these healthy muffins. Applesauce is an easy way to add moisture and flavor without much fat or sugar contributed. Plus, the whole wheat flour adds fiber and vitamins to start your morning right. Follow the easy recipe variations later in the post to see how to add oats or use gluten-free alternatives.


  • Flour Mixture: For this healthy muffin recipe, use a combination of regular all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour. 1 cup of whole wheat flour adds protein and nutrients to the breakfast dish. Adding 1 cup of white flour keeps the muffins from becoming too dense. 2 teaspoons of baking powder and ½ teaspoon of baking soda will add the final touches to ensure your muffins are tender, and fluffy.
  • Wet Mixture: You’ll use 2 large eggs and ½ cup vegetable oil to start the wet mixture. It will bring the flour mixture together to form the perfect batter for your muffins.
  • Applesauce: 1 cup of applesauce gives baked goods extra moisture without adding more oil to the recipe. It also gives the muffins a hint of homey apple flavor.
  • Spices and Sweetener: A mix of 1 teaspoon cinnamon and ½ teaspoon nutmeg gives the perfect spiced taste to these sweet Applesauce Muffins. The addition of 1 teaspoon vanilla extract brings a nice, warm vanilla flavor. ¾ cup of sugar will round out the sweet flavor in the muffin recipe.

Kitchen Tools & Equipment

  • Muffin Tin and Liners: Liners will make removal and storage of your muffins super easy. Use any kind you like. There are also reusable silicone muffin liners, which are a great choice.
  • Mixing Bowl and Whisk: Use a large mixing bowl and whisk to bring your ingredients together. You could also use a stand mixer with a whisk attachment.
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons: A measuring cup and spoons will be needed to measure both your wet and your dry ingredients. 
  • Sifting Tool: Use a sifter if you have one. Otherwise, you can sift the flour, baking soda, and baking powder together by whisking them together while dry.
  • Cookie Scoop: In order to make your muffins all the same size, you want to use the same tool to scoop each one. A cookie scoop is a great choice as it is ¼ cup. An ice cream scoop might be too big, as those tend to be ½ cup capacity.

How to Make Applesauce Muffins

Time needed: 28 minutes.

  1. Prep Time

    Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and lining a 12-cup muffin tin with liners. You can use paper liners or reusable silicone muffin liners.

  2. Wet Ingredients

    Add the applesauce, granulated sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract to a mixing bowl. Then whisk until the wet ingredients are smooth. Applesauce Muffin batter wet ingredients

  3. Dry Ingredients

    Sift together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt into a separate bowl. Then add the dry ingredients to the applesauce muffin batter. Applesauce Muffin batter being mixed

  4. Combine

    Stir until the mixture is just combined. Grab a cookie scoop to add the batter to the muffin tin.Applesauce Muffin batter being scooped

  5. Fill the Muffin tin

    Use the cookie scoop or ¼ cup to scoop the batter into the muffin cups so that they’re ¾ full.Applesauce Muffins raw in the tin

  6. Baking Time

    Put the muffin pan in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes. To check if the homemade Applesauce Muffins are done, insert a toothpick into the center. If the toothpick comes out clean, then you can take the baked muffins out of the oven. Then let the muffins cool for a few minutes before moving them from the pan to a wire rack.Applesauce Muffins baked in the tin

“Can Applesauce Muffins be made ahead?”

Muffins are a great choice to make ahead for breakfast, brunch, or snacks. You can make them the night before, or days before and keep a batch for breakfast on-the-go during the week. If you want to enjoy them more than a few days after you bake them, you can freeze some following the directions below.

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Applesauce Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 178mg8%
Potassium 76mg2%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 52IU1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

Get perfectly baked muffins every time by following these tips.

  1. Be careful not to over mix the batter.
    • Over-mixing can cause your muffins to come out tough so be sure to stop mixing once you see everything is combined. There may still be a few lumps in your batter, but that’s okay. You just don’t want to see streaks of only wet, or only dry ingredients in the batter.
  2. Check your oven temperature.
    • When is the last time you checked your oven to make sure it comes to the right temperature? It might be worth a check, because ovens that are too hot or too cool will result in muffins that bake unevenly. You can purchase a thermometer that goes inside your oven to accurately read the temperature and it just may save your baked goods one day!

What to Pair With Applesauce Muffins

Bake a batch of muffins to accompany any breakfast or brunch. They would be great alongside eggs, bacon, or sausage for a classic breakfast. Serve them with fruit and yogurt for a tasty, easy continental breakfast. Wrap them up to go along with a banana to eat on the way to school or work. Wrap one up for a treat to go with packed lunch for family, or for a picnic in the park.

How to Store

  • Serve: After baking, give this Applesauce Muffin recipe a few minutes to cool before eating.
  • Store: To keep the muffins fresh, you can put them in an airtight container to store at room temperature for 1-2 days.
  • Freeze: If you want to use this recipe for meal prep, you can store them in a freezer-safe airtight storage container. Frozen muffins can keep well for up to 3 months.

Ideas to Serve Applesauce Muffins

Muffins can easily stand in for pancakes, waffles, toast, or danishes for breakfast, however they are good enough to stand on their own. They could even inspire you to make a muffin or bread basket to give as a gift. You could theme a lovely basket of applesauce baked goods to give to any apple lover. Try Banana Applesauce Bread and Applesauce Cake to go along with these muffins.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the secret to fluffy muffins?

There are a few tricks to making sure you get the perfect fluffy and delicious muffins. First, make sure you measure out all your ingredients carefully. Too much liquid in the batter makes dense baked goods. You also want to avoid over-mixing as it makes the gluten dense. You can also make your muffins fluffier by using room-temperature eggs. They’ll blend more easily for less dense dough than refrigerated eggs.

Can I freeze Applesauce Muffins for later?

Yes, freezing muffins is an easy way to meal prep. Just put them in a freezer bag or another airtight container to keep them fresh for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to serve the muffins, put them in the fridge to thaw overnight. Then put them at room temperature for a couple of hours before eating delicious Applesauce Muffins.

Recipe Card

Applesauce Muffins

Applesauce Muffins are the perfect healthy baked goods to start your day. Made with whole wheat flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and applesauce.
Yield 12 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Author Team Dinner, then Dessert


  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 12 cup muffin tin with muffin liners.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the applesauce, sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Sift together the flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Add to the bowl with the wet mixture and whisk until just combined.
  • Scoop the batter just over ¾ full and bake for 18-20 minutes.


Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 52IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg

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Recipe Variations

  • Healthy Applesauce Oat Muffins: Adding oats to this delicious muffin recipe is the perfect way to give them extra nutrients and fiber. Substitute up to ⅓ of the flour called for in the recipe with oats.
  • Gluten-free Muffins: You can replace the white and whole wheat flour with your favorite gluten-free alternative if you need a gluten-free recipe. Coconut flour, oat flour, or buckwheat flour are good options for baking.
  • Add-ins: There are plenty of mix-ins you could try in this recipe. Chocolate chips or cinnamon chips are always easy to add. You could also add chopped walnuts, almonds, or pecans. To add to the light applesauce flavor, you can also dice Granny smith apples and mix them into the batter.
  • Mini Muffins: Instead of making this recipe in a regular 12-cup muffin pan, you can use a mini muffin tin. Just keep in mind that the mini muffins will bake through faster.
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  1. Sabrina! These are delicious! I made them this morning and now they are half gone! Perfect and easy recipe! Thank you!