Make delicious spiced Applesauce Muffins with a crispy oatmeal crumble. Just mix some applesauce into a simple muffin batter to make them moist and tender.
This recipe was originally shared on Savory Experiments where I am a contributor.
Perfect for Breakfast or an afternoon Treat
Applesauce oatmeal muffins are perfect for a quick breakfast or afternoon snack. These have lower added sugar than most muffins and use applesauce to sweeten a little more.
The applesauce also keeps the muffins super moist as they bake.Just before baking they are topped with a simple crumble topping that adds a slight crunch and depth to the flavor of the muffins.
Although this applesauce muffin recipe is perfect for kids lunchboxes, adults will love them too. Make a batch and see how quickly your family and friends devour them!!
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- Liquid measuring cup
- Large mixing bowl
- Small mixing bowl
- Flat spatula
- 12 slot muffin tin and muffin lines
This applesauce muffin recipe pairs great with coffee or tea as an afternoon snack. Make yourself a nice little drink like a warm tea or an Iced Shaken Espresso and chow down on a muffin or two.
These would be perfect to take to a brunch potluck, a friend who just had a baby, or just someone you love for no reason!
- Applesauce (unsweetened)
- Vegetable oil
- Brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- All purpose flour (see note about gluten free sub)
- Baking soda
- Ground cinnamon
- Kosher salt
Crumb Toppings Ingredients
- Rolled oats
- Brown sugar
- Ground cinnamon
- Vegetable oil
You can make these applesauce muffins gluten free by using a 1:1 gluten free flour mix in place of the all purpose flour.
These could also potentially be made vegan by substituting the egg with a vegan egg or a flaxseed egg, though I have not tested this method myself!
The crumb topping can be left out if you don’t have oats on hand or you can make it with an equivalent amount of flour. Homemade or store bought applesauce both work great to make these healthy muffins.
How to make Applesauce Muffins
Step 1: Prepare the ingredients
To begin, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Then, whisk the applesauce, egg, vegetable oil, brown sugar, and vanilla together in a large bowl.
Next, fold the all purpose flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, and salt into the wet ingredients with a flat spatula.
Step 2: Make the crumb topping
Then, mix rolled oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon together. Mix in the vegetable oil until a crumb-like texture forms.
Step 3: Prepare Applesauce muffins and bake
Pour muffin batter into a 12 slot lined or greased muffin tin. Top each muffin with the crumb topping.
Finally, bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool completely before serving.
Storage and reheating
Allow muffins to cool completely. Then, store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. You can also store these apple sauce muffins in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.
I like to reheat these muffins in the toaster oven at 325F for just a few minutes so they are warm for an afternoon pick me up. You can also slice them in half, spread a little butter on the cut halves and warm them in a pan on the stovetop.
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You can find the full recipe below. If you make this recipe, please rate and review it in the comments, or share it with me on Instagram!
- 1 cup applesauce – unsweetened
- 1 egg – room temperature
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup brown sugar packed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp kosher salt
Crumb Topping Ingredients
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Preheat oven to 350F. Whisk applesauce, egg, vegetable oil, brown sugar and vanilla together in a large mixing bowl.
- Fold all purpose flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon and salt into the wet ingredients with a flat spatula.
- In a separate bowl prepare crumb topping. Mix rolled oats, brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix in the vegetable oil.
- Pour muffin batter into a 12 slot lined or greased muffin tin. Top each muffin with the crumb topping.
- Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Use homemade or store bough applesauce – I prefer to use unsweetened
- Use 1:1 gluten free flour in place of all purpose flour for gluten free muffins
- Omit the crumb topping if desired