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!
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.
- Apple Pie Banana Bundt Cake and Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce
- Pumpkin Streusel Cake and Iced Pumpkin Cookies
- Beef Vegetable Soup and Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Ultimate Lasagna Recipe and Mexican Chicken Burritos
And then there are these Applesauce Cinnamon Muffins! They are so many things:
- 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 200 calories makes this an ideal breakfast or anytime treat.
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.
- Topping – Combine a bit of regular sugar with a little cinnamon, and sprinkle this over the top of the muffins before baking. This is an optional step!
How to make Applesauce Cinnamon Muffins:
- Melt butter. In a small bowl, microwave the butter until melted, and then let cool slightly.
- Mix wet ingredients. In a mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients – the brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon applesauce, and eggs. Add the melted butter when cooled and mix well.
- 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 (optional step).
- 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 small apple slice to the top, if desired.
- Add topping. (Optional) Combine a little sugar and cinnamon in a shaker. Sprinkle over the top.
- Bake. Bake the muffins at 375 degrees for five minutes. Then reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue baking until done in the center, approximately 20 minutes more. Prepare the remaining three muffins for baking.
Favorite apples to use for baking:
All of these apples are delicious, and you can use any of these for these applesauce muffins.
- Granny Smith
- Pink Lady
How to store these muffins:
- Countertop – You can store them in an airtight container on your counter for about three days.
- Refrigerator – These also store well in the refrigerator for up to five days. Just warm them up in the microwave and add a touch of butter.
- Freezer – These muffins freeze well for up to three months. Wrap them up tight in freezer bags for best results.
Applesauce Cinnamon Muffins
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
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups apples (use baking apples) – peeled and finely diced
- an extra sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon on top
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a 12-cup muffin tin with liners.
- in a large mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients – the brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon applesauce, eggs, and the slightly cooled melted butter. Mix well.
- Then add the dry ingredients – the baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and all-purpose flour. Stir until just combined. Then gently add in the diced apples (reserving a few pieces for the top, if desired).
- Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tins, filling almost to the top. Add a little apple slice to the top of each muffin (for decoration only).
- Bake at 375 degrees for 5 minutes, and then decrease temperature to 350 degrees, and bake for another 20 minutes or until done. Remove to cooling rack, and prepare the remaining three muffins for baking..