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Whole-Wheat Applesauce Muffins

An apple and spice muffin recipe for those of us who just can’t wait for autumn.
By Erica Scime


Whole-Wheat Applesauce Muffins

Whole-Wheat Applesauce Muffins

Here in Toronto, the leaves on the trees may not have turned orange and red yet but there is certainly a bite to the air. It is that time of year when the denim shorts and flip-flops are put away and the leather jackets and knit scarves are hung in the closet. When cool, iced coffees are replaced by hot, spiced lattes. When the days begin to shorten. When summer, in all its glory, comes to an end and autumn, in all its splendor, begins.

I love this time of year and I find that the best way to celebrate it is with some kind of apple treat. But even if you don’t have real apples on hand, you can still enjoy this recipe for applesauce muffins. (And, if you do have real apples on hand, go ahead and use them to make your applesauce!)

When I found the original recipe for these muffins at Voila! I knew that I wanted to make them whole wheat; But I also didn’t want them to be crumbly and dense. So I played with the ingredients a bit and added a 1/2 cup of plain yogurt to the recipe. The yogurt did give the muffins lots of moisture to offset the whole-wheat flour but it also reduced the apple flavor that I love so much! So, I made the muffins again and, this time, instead of yogurt, I added an extra 1/2 cup of applesauce. How did I not think to do that the first time? The moisture, the apple flavor and the spices were classic and perfect!

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An apple and spice muffin recipe for those of us who just can't wait for autumn!
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Recipe Type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups of whole-wheat flour
  • 1½ tsp of baking powder
  • ½ tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of all spice
  • ½ tsp of nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • ½ cup of butter, softened
  • 1½ cups of applesauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 °F. Line or grease a muffin tin.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and brown sugar. Then add the butter a bit at a time and whisk until creamy. Then add the applesauce.
  3. In a larger bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt.
  4. Slowly fold the wet ingredients into the dry ones until just moistened.
  5. Pour the batter into the muffin tins and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
Erica Scime

Erica Scime

Erica Scime is a Journalism student at Ryerson University in Toronto and author of her own blog, The Starved Writer. She loves to take the classic, simple foods that she ate as kid - like mac 'n cheese and pancakes - and give them a bit of grown-up edge and sophistication. She may be working with just a student budget and a tiny apartment kitchen but that doesn't deter Erica from getting creative with her food.

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Originally Published: September 14, 2011

11 Responses to Whole-Wheat Applesauce Muffins

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  4. Leah MacDonald Reply

    September 23, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Wow, these are so good! I’ve made them a few times now. I added an oatmeal crumb topping to one batch and I just made another batch and switched them up a bit to be banana chocolate chip muffins. Same recipe just swapped bananas for the applesauce and added 1 cup of chocolate chips. They turned out great! This recipe is a keeper, it will be the base I use for muffins from now on.

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  6. Lisa Reply

    October 12, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I made these muffins tonight with my 5 year old son, using some of our homemade applesauce. Easy recipe to follow and they turned out so good. Ours were mini muffins and they were done in only 12 minutes. We will be making more of these soon.

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  8. StephyBaby Reply

    November 3, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I started meal prepping on Sundays & wanted to have muffins weekly as a mid morning snack. I wasn’t crazy about the banana muffins I made last week and happened to stumble on this recipe when another didn’t work out. My goodness such delicious muffins with such an easy prep! My family loved them I wi be making another batch tomorrow!

  9. Melissa Reply

    January 7, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    absolutely amazing muffins! very very yummy I added a few things; flax seed meal(adjust wheat flour), chia seeds and my own homemade applesauce…actually going to make a batch today and add dried cranberries and nuts. Oh and for us 1/2 cup of b sugar was plenty. :) The apple sauce adds a lot of natural sweetener. Can’t wait!

  10. Anonymous Reply

    March 24, 2014 at 6:41 am

    We LOVE these muffins and make them all the time. I cut the brown sugar in half and do 1/3 cup olive oil instead of butter and add vanilla to the wet ingredients. My 4 and 2 year olds eat these right up! Thank you!

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