Healthy Applesauce Muffins are bursting with delicious apple cinnamon flavor! Made with whole wheat flour, sweetened with honey, and kept light and moist with the tons of applesauce, these Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins are the perfect easy muffin recipe.
Tender, light, and loaded with apple flavor, these Apple Cinnamon Muffins are the perfect fall treat.
The warm spices and the notes of apples that fill these muffins are exactly what I crave when the temperature begins to fall and the leaves turn glorious shades of orange and yellow. Paired with a hot cup of coffee or a glass of Mulled Cider, I can not think of a better muffin to enjoy on crisp fall mornings.
These applesauce muffins taste like a decadent treat. In fact, they remind me of an apple cider donut in terms of flavor. Made with whole wheat flour, sweetened naturally with applesauce and honey (well, except for the sprinkling of sugar on top!), these healthy muffins are wholesome enough to enjoy anytime. Which is really a good thing, because I crave them ALL the time!
Notes on Ingredients Needed
- Whole Wheat Flour—Whole wheat flour, white wheat flour, and all-purpose flour all work equally well in these muffins. In fact, I have even made Gluten-Free Applesauce Muffins using 1:1 Gluten-Free Flour Blend.
- Nutmeg–Freshly grated nutmeg is a must for optimum flavor. Nutmeg lasts forever in your pantry and is SO much tastier than ground nutmeg.
- Honey–Feel free to use maple syrup in place of honey.
- Applesauce–Use unsweetened applesauce–homemade applesauce, instant pot applesauce or store-bought applesauce are all fine.
- Oil–Canola oil or melted and cooled butter or coconut oil all work well.
- Eggs–I have had success using flax eggs to make Egg-Free Applesauce Muffins.
- Cinnamon Sugar–I love to top these muffins with a combination of cinnamon and sugar. This is totally optional but adds an irresistible crunchy, sugary sweet topping.
How to Make Applesauce Muffins
Step One: Prepare Muffin Batter
- Sift or whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, mix together applesauce, honey, oil, eggs, and vanilla.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Using an ice cream scoop or 1/4 cup measuring cup, measure out muffin batter a greased or lined muffin tin.
Step Two: Top Muffins with Cinnamon Sugar
- Mix together reserved cinnamon and sugar together.
- Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of mixture over each muffin.
Step Three: Bake Muffins
- Bake Applesauce Muffins until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Place muffin tin on a cooling rack and cool muffins in muffin tin for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove muffins from muffin tin and finish cooling completely on a cooling rack.
Storing Healthy Applesauce Muffins
Because these healthy muffins have no preservatives and are whole wheat, they will go bad if left at room temperature for more than 24 hours. It is best to allow the muffins to cool completely and then store in a sealed container in the fridge for 3-5 days.
To Freeze Apple Muffins:
- Place cooled muffins on a cookie sheet and freeze for 30-60 minutes until solid (this process helps muffins not stick together when placed in a container in the freezer.)
- Place frozen muffins in a freezer-safe bag and store for up to 3 months.
- Defrost in fridge overnight, or warm in the microwave for 1-2 minutes to heat before serving.
More Healthy Muffin Recipes
- Healthy Blueberry Muffins
- Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
- Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
- Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins
- Whole Wheat Cheesy Cornbread Muffins
- 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2/3 cup honey
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon divided
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg freshly grated
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Lightly grease 10 wells in a standard 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick spray or line with silicone liners.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and salt. Freshly grate nutmeg into the dry ingredients. Whisk together to combine evenly.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the applesauce, honey, eggs, oil, and vanilla.
- Add the wet ingredients into the flour mixture. Stir until just combined.
- Evenly divide the batter between the prepared muffin pan, each muffin cup holds about 1/4 cup of batter.
- Combine the remaining teaspoon of cinnamon with the sugar. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon over each muffin.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Cool the muffins on a cooling rack for 10 minutes and then remove from the muffin tin and cool completely.
- Store the cooled muffins in a sealed container at room temperature for 24 hours, or in the fridge for 3-4 days.
- Feel free to use all purpose flour in these Applesauce Muffins.
- In place of honey, maple syrup can be used in it's place as well.
- For VEGAN muffins, use maple syrup in place of honey and flax eggs for eggs.