Healthy applesauce muffins with cinnamon sugar topping.
Made with applesauce and cinnamon, these applesauce muffins are moist, fluffy, and filled with warming flavours. Use them as a healthy snack, light breakfast, or add a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on top for an extra sweet treat.
I’m not sure if it’s the warm and cozy flavours, the extra fluffy texture, or the sweetness of cinnamon, but this simple applesauce muffin recipe is absolutely delicious. The use of applesauce in these muffins makes them extra moist, while filling them with flavours reminiscent of apple cider doughnuts. Although the sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on top may not appear to be the healthiest choice, it’s such a small amount that it’s nothing to worry about and, in context, there is room for everything in a healthy diet, even sugar, and the extra sweetness and flavour it provides is totally worth it.
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These moist, fluffy, and healthy applesauce muffins are perfect for breakfast, snacks, or dessert. Plus, they keep well in the freezer so you can make a double batch for the weeks ahead.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 1/4 cups applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
cinnamon sugar topping (optional):
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a muffin tin with baking cups or lightly grease with butter.
- In a medium bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt, and mix with a spatula or wooden spoon to combine.
- In a large bowl, add the melted butter, white sugar, and brown sugar and beat or whisk until smooth and well incorporated. Add the applesauce, egg, and vanilla extract, and whisk again to combine.
- Transfer the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and gently mix to combine using a spatula or wooden spoon, being careful not to overmix the batter.
- Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, dividing it evenly to make 12 muffins.
- Transfer the muffin tin to the oven and bake for 20-22 minutes until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
- Once baked, allow the muffins to cool slightly in the muffin tin, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool to room temperature.
- For the cinnamon sugar topping, add the sugar and cinnamon to a small bowl and stir to combine. Using a pastry brush, brush the top of a muffin with melted butter (or dip the top of the muffin into melted butter), then dip the muffin (upside down) into the bowl of cinnamon sugar, move it around a little until the top is well coated with cinnamon sugar, then return to the cooling rack. Continue these steps until all of the muffins are coated with cinnamon sugar.
- The muffins can be served immediately, stored at room temperature for 5 days, in the fridge for up to 7 days, or frozen for up to 3 months.
- Serving Size: 1 muffin
- Calories: 183 calories
- Sugar: 8 grams
- Fat: 8 grams
- Carbohydrates: 25 grams
- Fiber: 1 gram
- Protein: 3 grams
Keywords: healthy, cinnamon, easy