These Applesauce Muffins are unbelievably moist, super simple and make the most delicious breakfast or quick snack. They are flavored with cinnamon, applesauce and a touch of vanilla then finished with a light dusting of cinnamon sugar for a real breakfast treat.
The Best Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins
You just can’t beat the smell of homemade muffins in the kitchen. These cinnamon Applesauce Muffins are no exception, and they taste just as heavenly as they smell.
They’re made even easier because of the melted butter. With no need to cream the butter and sugar, there is no need to drag out the stand mixer. A couple of bowls and a spatula will work just fine.
We’ve given you a few different variations if you want to try making them healthier, adding different mix-ins or making simple substitutions. Let us know what you try in the comments!
Ingredients in Applesauce Muffins
- Applesauce - use unsweetened applesauce for these muffins since we are adding sugar already.
- Brown Sugar - use light brown sugar.
- Butter - this should be melted and cooled, but not solid.
- Eggs - any type of large eggs will work.
- Vanilla - use pure vanilla extract for the best flavor.
- Cinnamon - use your favorite type of ground cinnamon.
- Baking Soda - this is needed to help the muffins rise a bit in the oven.
- Flour - we use all-purpose flour for these muffins.
- Cinnamon Sugar - this is for topping the baked muffins just out of the oven. We use regular white granulated sugar and mix with 1 tsp of ground cinnamon.
How to Make Easy Applesauce Muffins
- Mix the batter. In a large mixing bowl, combine the applesauce, brown sugar, melted butter, eggs and vanilla extract and whisk to combine. In a separate bowl, add the cinnamon, baking soda and flour and whisk. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold together using a rubber spatula until well mixed.
- Scoop into muffin cups. Using an ice cream scoop or a spoon, scoop the batter into muffin tins that have either been greased or lined with paper liners, filling them about ¾ of the way full.
- Bake. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 22-25 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Dust with cinnamon sugar. Mix together ¼ cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle on the hot muffins once they come out of the oven.
- Serve. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
If you are feeling up for it, give some of these easy variations a try!
- Healthy Muffins - for an even healthier variation, try substituting wheat flour instead of all-purpose and coconut oil instead of melted butter.
- Honey Applesauce Muffins - use half honey and half brown sugar.
- Applesauce Bread - bake in loaf pans, instead. Fill each pan ¾ full and bake until the center is cooked through (a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean).
- Mix-ins - add a cup of blueberries, chocolate chips or raisins (soaked for 30 minutes and drained).
Storing and Freezing
- Storing: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- Freezing: bake, cool, and store your Applesauce Muffins in freezer bags in the freezer. They will be good for up to 3 months stored this way. To thaw, transfer to the fridge overnight, then set out at room temperature for at least 30 minutes or microwave briefly to take the chill off.
Applesauce Muffins Recipe
- 1 ½ Cups Applesauce unsweetened
- 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
- ½ Cup Butter melted and cooled
- 2 large Eggs
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 3 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon 1 tsp reserved for cinnamon sugar
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- ¼ Cup Sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease or line 24 muffin tins with paper liners and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the applesauce, brown sugar, melted butter, eggs and vanilla extract and whisk to combine. In a separate bowl, add the cinnamon, baking soda and flour and whisk.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold together using a rubber spatula until well mixed.
- Using an ice cream scoop or a spoon, scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tins, filling them about ¾ of the way full.
- Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. In the meantime, mix together ¼ cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
- Once baked, remove the muffins from the oven and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
More of our Favorite Muffin Recipes
- Lemon Blueberry Muffins
- Double Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Best Cornbread Muffins
- Triple Berry Muffins
- Ham and Cheese Cornbread Muffins
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These cinnamon-flavored Applesauce Muffins are super moist, full of flavor and so easy to make. Finish with a dusting of cinnamon sugar for a real breakfast treat.