Spiced Applesauce Muffins

 Warm spices and smooth applesauce meet and are topped with crunchy raw sugar make for the best breakfast treat, snack, or afternoon pick me up. These Spiced Applesauce Muffins have some hidden nutrition and are a fantastic option for your next meal prep or kids' school breakfast.

I just truly love muffins, and currently I've been making them more than I ever have. I'm trying to find easy breakfast ideas for myself that are easy to meal prep and freeze. Muffins are amazing for this. They are easy to slide nutrients, fiber, and other bits of health into without noticing. So, this was another recipe that I fell in love with. 

One day I was brainstorming breakfast ideas to try, and I was thinking about the applesauce muffins that my mom made all throughout my childhood. They were one of my very favorite treats. But, they're hard for me to recreate because they were made from a specific muffin mix from a local flour mill nearby. 

So, in the pursuit to create something that tases similar to what I grew up with and adored, these muffins came together. They're tender, very moist, and are packed with applesauce all throughout. The spices help to make these muffins taste almost like an apple crisp, but in a healthier muffin version.

Ingredients You'll Need for Moist Applesauce Muffins

- All Purpose Flour

- Whole Wheat Flour

- Granulated Sugar

- Baking Powder

- Baking Soda

- Salt

- Spices: Ground Cinnamon, Allspice, Nutmeg, Ginger, and Cardamom

- Applesauce, unsweetened

- An Egg

- Avocado Oil or Canola Oil

- Buttermilk

- Vanilla Extract

Optional Mix ins: Chopped walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, dried fruit, or even chocolate chips


How to Make Applesauce Muffins

1. Preheat oven to 425°F and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. Spray each liner with nonstick cooking spray. (These muffins like to stick to the wrapper. Don’t skip this step)

2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flours, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices) and whisk. Set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients (applesauce, egg, oil, buttermilk, and vanilla) and whisk until combined.

4. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just combined, but until no lumps of flour remain. (If you choose to add any mix-ins, stir them in now)

5. Scoop into the sprayed and lined muffin tin filling each about ¾ full. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar (optional) and bake for 5 minutes.

6. Without opening the oven, drop the oven temperature to 350°F and continue baking until a toothpick comes out cleanly, about 10-12 minutes further.

7. Remove from the oven, let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, and enjoy warm.


How to Store Applesauce Muffins

Store any leftover muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Alternatively, freeze these muffins in an airtight container or wrapped really well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight and warm before serving.

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