Applesauce Muffins

Use applesauce to add moisture, flavor and subtle sweetness to a simple muffin. These Simple Applesauce Muffins are topped with an oatmeal crumb for the perfect snack or breakfast. They are incredibly moist and perfectly sweet!

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When I think of muffins I sometimes think of them as kid food because they are easy to eat and break apart. That may be true, but when I tried these muffins with applesauce I knew adults would love them too!

The applesauce makes the muffins super moist without using a ton of oil. When you take your first bite you taste the streusel crumb topping, but then the applesauce puree hits you at the end with a burst of fresh flavor. 

Why This Applesauce Muffin Recipe Rocks

There are plenty of reasons why these will become your new favorite muffins; here are my favorites.

  • Full of flavor – These delightful muffins are full of both apple and cinnamon flavor. Warm spices making them perfect for fall.
  • Simple ingredients – In fact, you might already have all of these ingredients on hand already. I do have small kiddos, so applesauce is always a staple.
  • Great grab-and-go breakfast – Need a quick breakfast? These aren’t just for little hands- they are great for breakfast on-the-go. They are freezer friendly and can be taken out one at a time.
  • Topping! – Streusel is basically like sauce for a muffin. Meaning they are all better with it. This chewy oat topping pairs perfectly with the other Earthy flavors.
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Applesauce Muffin Recipe Ingredients

All of these simple ingredients can easily be found at your local grocery store if you don’t already have them.

  • Applesauce – you can use homemade applesauce or one from the store! I prefer to use unsweetened applesauce for a muffin that is not super sweet. You can also use it in cake or chocolate brownies with applesauce!
  • Eggs and oil – use one egg and a neutral vegetable oil for these muffins. Feel free to use a flax egg to make these muffins vegan.
  • Brown sugar – add just a bit of brown sugar to these muffins to sweeten them. 
  • Ground cinnamon – cinnamon compliments the applesauce perfectly. You can also use ground nutmeg and cloves for extra flavor.
  • Salt and baking soda – make sure to use salt to bring out the flavor of the apple sauce.
  • Vanilla extract – feel free to double the vanilla extract for this recipe or add a splash of maple extract into the batter as well.
  • All purpose flour – If you want to make these applesauce muffins gluten free, use a 1:1 gluten free flour substitute that is a replacement for all purpose flour.
  • Crumb topping – mix rolled oats, brown sugar, oil and cinnamon together to make a simple crumb topping. Then, spoon it over the muffins just before baking!
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How to Make Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins

These muffins are so easy to make, they’re great for getting the kids involved in the kitchen to help you.

  1. Prepare the batter. Prepare homemade applesauce or open a jar from the store. Mix apple sauce, oil, room temperature egg, brown sugar and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Fold four, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in the wet ingredients with a spatula.
  2. Prepare the crumb topping. To prepare the crumb topping, mix rolled oats with brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix until the sugar and cinnamon are evenly distributed through the oats. Pour in oil and mix again. The brown sugar and oats should clump together slightly.
  3. Bake until golden brown. Line a muffin tin with liners or grease thoroughly with cooking spray. Evenly distribute batter into muffin pan. Sprinkle a bit of the crumb topping onto each applesauce muffin. Place in the oven and bake until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.. Allow to cool before serving.
topping recipe for applesauce muffin with oat streusel

Easy Applesauce Muffin Modifications

This recipe is fairly simple, SO you can customize it and make it your own with fun mix-ins.

  • Nuts – If you are a fan of nuts, I recommend chopped walnuts or pecans or a mix of both. The nuts will add a delicious crunch. 
  • Dried fruit – For a trail mix style muffin, stir in dried cranberries or raisins along with the chopped nuts. You could even add some chopped dates or chopped dried apricots.
  • Mix up the sauce – You can even try using pear sauce or cranberry apple sauce instead of applesauce
  • Topping – Another fun variation is to drizzle the streusel tops with my powdered sugar icing recipe.
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Storage and Freezing

How to Store Applesauce Muffins

Store these muffins at room temperature in an airtight container for a couple of days. Store in the fridge to keep them for up to a week. 

I like to cut them in half and reheat them in the air fryer. Then, I spread peanut butter or almond butter on top! My son loves them with a hefty dollop of butter and sprinkle of sea salt.

Can I Freeze Apple Puree Muffins?

These applesauce muffins freeze very well. Place in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw them all together or one at a time either at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

Muffins with Applesauce FAQs

What does adding applesauce to muffins do?

Adding applesauce to muffins adds moisture, tenderness, and natural sweetness to the baked goods.

Does applesauce replace eggs or oil in baking?

Yes, applesauce can be used as a substitute for eggs or oil in baking for moisture and richness, but eggs play multiple roles in baking, including providing structure, moisture, leavening, and richness to baked goods so this recipe also uses one egg and as well vegetable oil as a fat.

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Applesauce Muffin Recipe

4.55 from 31 votes
These Applesauce Muffins are topped with an oatmeal crumb for the perfect snack or breakfast. They are incredibly moist and perfectly sweet!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

Muffins:

Crumb Topping:

  • ½ cup rolled oats (aka quick cooking oats)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Whisk the applesauce, egg, vegetable oil, brown sugar and vanilla together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Fold the flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon and salt into the wet ingredients with a spatula.
  • In a separate bowl, prepare the crumb topping. Mix the rolled oats, brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix in the vegetable oil.
  • Pour the muffin batter into a 12 slot lined or greased muffin tin. Top each muffin with the crumb topping.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how you liked them in the comments or star ratings!

Nutrition

Calories: 247 kcal, Carbohydrates: 32 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 12 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 14 mg, Sodium: 198 mg, Potassium: 71 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 13 g, Vitamin A: 26 IU, Vitamin C: 1 mg, Calcium: 20 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 247
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: applesauce muffins, muffins with steusel
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About the Author

Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    Connie says, Muffins are delicious. Great recipe! Added 1/3 cup chopped walnuts the second time I made it!

  2. 5 stars
    it was excellent [did not have oil so I used one one half cup of melted margarine also added 1/2 cup of mini choc chips also margarine in topping

  3. 5 stars
    These muffins came out perfectly! They had just the right sweetness and were super moist. Definitely worth making a batch!

  4. 5 stars
    OMG! These were amazing! That apple cinnamon flavor with that crumb topping was delicious. My family devoured them in minutes. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    Beautiful muffins. The texture looks amazing. I have to give them a try asap. I’m going to bake them this weekend. Thanks for the recipe.