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Applesauce Cinnamon Muffins

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Applesauce Cinnamon Muffins are a healthier muffin, using cinnamon applesauce to add extra moisture and flavor. These also contain two cups of diced apples and a big dash of cinnamon that will make your house smell like fall, and you’ll be coming back for more!

Try my Lemon Blueberry Streusel Muffins or my Chocolate Zucchini Muffins next!

Side view of two stacked apple cinnamon muffins.

Applesauce Muffins

Fall is my favorite time of year. Cooler weather enabling afternoon bike rides and open windows, the colorful trees and leaves falling, the pumpkins and scarecrows lining neighborhoods, the memories of childhood apple orchard outings, football games and sweatshirt weather, and of course, the wonderful smells coming from my kitchen.

I love using apples in so many things. From my simple Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce to Apple Pie Banana Bundt Cake to Mini Caramel Apple Cheesecakes, you can find just what you need to satisfy your palette.

Why we love these muffins:

  • Moist – From an abundance of applesauce.
  • Full of texture – In addition to moist, these have plenty of apples mixed in.
  • Sweetened – Brown sugar and cinnamon add the perfect sweet flavor.
  • Healthier – Just under 200 calories makes this an ideal breakfast or anytime treat.
Side view of a partially eaten apple muffin.

Ingredients needed for Applesauce Cinnamon Muffins:

Simple ingredients that you probably have in your pantry already!

  • Butter – I use unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled.
  • Brown Sugar – 100% brown sugar for this one!
  • Vanilla – I love the Watkin’s brand.
  • Applesauce – I use sweetened cinnamon applesauce. But you could use an unsweetened version as well.
  • Eggs – Two large eggs.
  • Baking staples – Baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Flour – All-purpose flour works the best for a lighter muffin. You could also experiment with using some whole wheat flour, if desired.
  • Apples – Peel and finely dice your apples. You may want to add a squeeze of lemon to prevent browning.
Ingredients for the applesauce cinnamon muffins.

How to make Applesauce Cinnamon Muffins:

Step 1
Mix wet ingredients. In a mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients – the melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon applesauce, and eggs.

Step 2
Add in dry ingredients. To the mixing bowl, add the baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and all-purpose flour. Stir until just mixed. Don’t over-mix!

Step 3
Prep apples. Peel and core the apples. Dice finely, and then add to the bowl, and gently stir. Reserve a few pieces for the top of the muffins. Add the muffins to the batter and stir to combine.

Step 4
Add batter to muffin tins. To a 12-cup muffin tin, add the liners. Then use a large spoon to add the batter to the liners, filling almost to the top. Add a couple of small apple pieces to the top and an extra sprinkle of cinnamon.

Step 5
Bake. Bake the muffins in a preheated 350 degree oven for 22-24 minutes or until done in the center.

Step 6
Cool. Let the muffins sit in the muffin tins for about five minutes before removing to cooling racks.

Let the muffins cool completely before storing.

A cooling rack of applesauce muffins.

Favorite apples to use for baking:

All of these apples are delicious, and you can use any of these for these applesauce muffins.

  • Braeburn
  • Fuji
  • Gala
  • Granny Smith
  • Honeycrisp
  • Jonathan
  • Pink Lady
A hand reaching for a baked applesauce cinnamon muffin.

Recipe Tips

  • You can use regular or unsweetened applesauce, instead of cinnamon applesauce.
  • Use your favorite baking apple for this recipe, diced in small pieces.
  • Reserve a couple of pieces of apple pieces top top the muffins – for presentation purposes only.
  • You can try some apple pie spice in place of the cinnamon for a more intense apple flavor.

How to store these muffins:

  • Countertop – You can store them in an airtight container on your counter for about three days.
  • Freezer – These muffins freeze well for up to three months. Wrap them up tight in freezer bags for best results.
Side view of a plate of muffins.

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Make this apple recipe next: Apple Pie Banana Bundt Cake

xoxo ~Sue

A plate of stacked applesauce cinnamon muffins.

Applesauce Cinnamon Muffins

Applesauce Cinnamon Muffins are a healthier muffin, using cinnamon applesauce to add extra moisture and flavor. These also contain two cups of diced apples and a big dash of cinnamon that will make your house smell like fall, and you'll be coming back for more!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 muffins
Calories: 189kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

For the muffins:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter – melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups cinnamon applesauce – or use unsweetened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups apples (use baking apples) – peeled and finely diced
  • an extra sprinkle of cinnamon on top

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 12-cup muffin tin with liners.
  • Mix wet ingredients. In a mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients – the melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon applesauce, and eggs.
  • Add in dry ingredients. To the mixing bowl, add the baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and all-purpose flour. Stir until just mixed. Don’t over-mix!
  • Prep apples. Peel and core the apples. Dice finely, and then add to the bowl, and gently stir. Reserve a few pieces for the top of the muffins. Add the muffins to the batter and stir to combine.
  • Add batter to muffin tins. To a 12-cup muffin tin, add the liners. Then use a large spoon to add the batter to the liners, filling almost to the top. Add a couple of small apple pieces to the top and an extra sprinkle of cinnamon.
  • Bake. Bake the muffins in a preheated 350 degree oven for 22-24 minutes or until done in the center.
  • Cool. Let the muffins sit in the muffin tins for about five minutes before removing to cooling racks.

Notes

  • You can use regular or unsweetened applesauce, instead of cinnamon applesauce.
  • Use your favorite baking apple for this recipe, diced in small pieces.
  • Reserve a couple of pieces of apple pieces top top the muffins – for presentation purposes only.
  • You can try some apple pie spice in place of the cinnamon for a more intense apple flavor.
Storing & Freezing:
  • You can store them in an airtight container on your counter for about three days.
  • These muffins freeze well for up to three months. Wrap them up tight in freezer bags for best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 263mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 227IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 Comments

  1. Tastes amazing and the perfect size! Great with coffee or even on the go!

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