Breakfast, Muffins, Recipes

Applesauce Muffins

Sometimes simple recipes, though delicious, get overshadowed by fancy recipes or decadent recipes. Know what I mean? This is a bad habit that I have… talking up the really yummy and impressive stuff… that then pushes the simple recipes to the back burner, where they sit and sit and sit. And then I don’t blog about them, for months and months. Like these Applesauce Muffins that I made…. last summer.

Applesauce Muffins | The Pajama Chef

Sure, we ate them up in a matter of days. I don’t even think they saw the freezer. For all the muffins I make, that’s saying something. Usually at least one or two gets frozen for lunches or snacks. But no, these muffins, in all their plain glory, were enjoyed in record time. I just didn’t bother to blog about them for months. Sad day. But they are here now!

Applesauce Muffins | The Pajama Chef

No idea why that was, as they are utterly delicious. Each bite is nutty and soft, sweet with hints of applesauce and rich brown sugar. Chewy from the oats and healthy from the whole wheat flour. Satisfying as breakfast with a bit of butter and jam, and savory enough to serve with soup at dinner. Pretty versatile and excellent anytime. One of my favorite parts? They’re made with pantry ingredients, so I can make them anytime. Another favorite part? The topping! Who doesn’t love a muffin with a little streusel topping. Yum! Don’t neglect them as I have! They are great! Enjoy! 🙂

Applesauce Muffins

  • Servings: 12 muffins
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from fearless homemaker


  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour, sifted 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened [natural] applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 egg white

for topping

  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted and cooled 


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin tin with paper liners or spray with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, stir together oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a small bowl, whisk together applesauce, oil, and egg. Fold wet ingredients into dry, then spoon into muffin cups.

Prepare the topping by stirring together oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Drizzle in melted butter then divide evenly on top of batter.

Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.


23 thoughts on “Applesauce Muffins”

    1. hannah, you could definitely try it out. i tend to find that when i use TOO much applesauce or other oil/butter subs my muffins turn out mushy and don’t cook well. but let me know if you give it a try…every recipe is different. 🙂


  1. So guilty of forgetting to blog recipes! I think I still have some from 2009. lol! These sound good and the fact that you remember how good they were is proof that they are wonderful!


  2. I totally know what you mean. People today love to over-complicate things when cooking/baking, which is fine sometimes, but we also need to appreciate the classics. These muffins sound so simple but so tasty. I’d especially enjoy one warm with some butter!


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