Thursday, March 7, 2024

Healthy Applesauce Oat Muffins Recipe

These muffins are full of wholesome oats and applesauce, plus they are low in fat and sugars.

They are topped with an oat and cinnamon crumble topping that's just sweet enough to satisfy my sweet tooth, but not so sweet that I feel like I'm eating dessert for breakfast.

I cannot say enough good things about these muffins. My kids, who snub their nose at anything that's the least bit "healthy", gobble them up and ask for more.

The whole family loves these oatmeal applesauce muffins.

applesauce oatmeal muffin

My kids love it when I make breakfast. I used to make it all the time, but somehow over the years, I've become a bit lazy.

We have cereal most mornings because I don't want to wake up any earlier than necessary.

I've recently realized something profound - muffins can be made ahead!  I know, it's a bit obvious. But it really hadn't occurred to me before. 

Now I can still sleep late(r) and my kids can have a home-cooked breakfast too.


Time for a little confession: I didn't even make these muffins this time, I assigned my oldest to do it. She's a great cook and these muffins were delicious.

Not only do these wholesome muffins taste good for a quick breakfast, but I sometimes put them in my kid's lunchboxes. Lunches don't get much easier than that! 

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Want more delicious muffin recipes? Try my Applesauce Donut MuffinsPoppy Seed Muffins or Blueberry Streusel Muffins

In the fall I love Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins and Zucchini Muffins.

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These easy muffins use simple ingredients. You most likely have most of them in your pantry.

The exact quantities are listed in the recipe section.
  • oats*
  • all purpose flour
  • brown sugar
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • unsweetened applesauce
  • milk
  • vegetable oil*
  • egg
  • vanilla
  • butter
*I use half quick oats and half rolled oats. You can use either type of oats for this recipe. I prefer quick oats for the topping.

*You could substitute canola oil or coconut oil for the vegetable oil.
ingredients for applesauce oatmeal muffins


Let's get started with these easy applesauce muffins.

To begin simply add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl and give it a quick stir.

Then add all the wet ingredients and stir just until combined.

The muffin batter will be quite thick.

applesauce oat muffin batter


 The oat crumb topping is easy to make as well. 

Begin by melting the butter in a small bowl. I do this in the microwave. Then add the oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon to the melted butter. Then stir to combine.

oat crumble topping in a bowl


Line a muffin pan with paper liners. I always spray the liners with cooking spray too. 

Add a generous scoop of batter to each muffin cup.

I generally fill the muffin pretty much to the top. As they bake they will rise up and create a nice rounded top to the muffin. 

Add a spoonful of oat crumble to the top of each muffin. 
muffin batter in muffin tins

Bake at 400 for 15-16 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

I usually let them cool right in the pan. But you can move them to a wire rack to cool if desired.

I'm totally going to make these in a min muffin tin next time. They would make the perfect healthy snack. 

oatmeal applesauce muffins in muffin pan

Store muffins in an air tight container for 5-7 days.



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  1. These muffins look so good. Thanks for sharing at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.

  2. I love healthy muffins. That means, I can eat a lot of these. :D Thank you for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!

  3. I love muffins for breakfast! I used to eat Costco muffins for breakfast back in high school. Wish I had your muffins back then so I could have been healthier haha. Happy Fiesta Friday! :)

  4. Oh I love oaty muffins and these sound delicious! I agree, muffins are a great make ahead breakfast. Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Sharing this post on the H&S Facebook page later today. Hope you have a lovely week!

  5. This recipe looks yummy. Will have to try it. I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST tonight. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  6. These look fantastic! My daughter loves helping me make muffins, and I'm always looking for new recipes to try. Pinned for later! Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

  7. Congratulations, your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Thanks so much for sharing with us and hope you will come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Is this cooking time for mini muffins or regular sized muffin tins?