I have always enjoyed baking with applesauce. I love how it can replace oil and still give a nice moist texture to what I am baking. I recently discovered a beautiful recipe for muffins that uses 1 1/2 cups of applesauce. This large amount of applesauce not only replaces some of the oil but it gives a wonderful flavor to the muffins.
My girls gobbled up these muffins. "Yum, yum", they said. They had them for breakfast heated up with a lovely pat of butter smeared on it and then again for snack after school with a layer of PB. I had quite a few myself and found that I liked them best heated up with a cup of tea. Whether you are looking for a healthy muffin for breakfast or a sweet treat for an afternoon snack this is the muffin recipe for you. I altered the original recipe just a tiny bit by splitting the flour into 1/2 all purpose and 1/2 whole wheat. I also added some chopped walnuts and an apple chunk to the top of each muffin to give it a special appeal to the aesthetics and texture of the muffins.
Best part of this recipe. It's EASY!! Let's make some muffins friends!
EASY Applesauce Muffins
(recipe slightly adapted from Catch My Party)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 apple - peeled, cut into chunks
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 regular size muffin tins and set aside.
In a large bowl combine well first 8 ingredients (all of the dry ingredients) and set aside. In a medium size bowl combine eggs, oil and applesauce - stir well until thoroughly combined.
Add wet mixture into the dry mixture - mix well all together with a wooden spoon. Batter will be thick.
Fill prepared pans 3/4 of the way full. Sprinkle muffins with chopped walnuts and insert one apple chunk into the top of each one. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until muffins are golden brown and toothpick comes out clean. Cool slightly and serve. Store muffins in an air-tight container. Enjoy!!!
Happy EASY Applesauce Muffins Baking!