Big, bakery-style, fluffy applesauce muffins made with healthier and more wholesome ingredients! Crunchy sugared-topping and moist interior. Delicious!
I was going to save this recipe to share sometime next week, BUT it’s the weekend!! Which means lots of baking going on, right?! We tend to bake or cook most days around here to keep up on this site, but the weekend (Sunday) is my favorite time to bake with my boys! We make muffins or cookies pretty much every single Sunday per my toddler’s request.
So I thought I’d quickly pop in today and share these muffins with you all! 😊 If you’re looking for a healthier sweet treat to make, these fit the bill! They are big and tall like a bakery muffin, topped with crunchy cinnamon-sugar and completely moist throughout. They’ve got healthier ingredients and lower on the sugar than most muffins. We’ve made a couple batches and these do not last longer than a couple of days!
I will say, if you have the will power to save any of these for day 2, they are seriously the best after a day! All the flavors have intensified and the muffin is overall more dense and moist. That all said, these are still pretty amazing on day 1 and right out of the oven!
Healthy Applesauce Muffins
- 1 and 1/2 cups white flour or white whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice*
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup applesauce sweetened or unsweetened
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt**
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup brown sugar lightly packed
- 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice or cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar not packed
- 3-4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 12 cavities of a muffin tin and lightly flour. Do not use muffin liners as these muffins will stick to them. Set aside.
In a large bowl, add in the flour. Add in the cornstarch, baking soda, salt, apple pie spice, and cinnamon. Mix until combined.
In another bowl, mix together the applesauce, large egg, Greek yogurt, coconut oil (measured when melted and then cooled to room temperature before added to the bowl), vanilla extract, brown sugar. Mix until well combined.
Mix the wet and dry ingredients until JUST combined. Over-mixing yields denser muffins.
Fill up 11 to 12 muffin cavities evenly with the mixture -- each cavity will be a little over 3/4ths the way full. You should use all the batter on 11 or 12 cavities so fill them pretty full.
(Fill any empty cavities of the muffin tin with water to ensure even baking.)
Bake for 17-23 minutes or until a fork when inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove and allow to cool for a few minutes before removing the muffins from the tin. Use a spoon to coax the muffins out after about 5 minutes.
In a small bowl, toss together the apple pie spice OR cinnamon and brown sugar.
In another small bowl add the melted coconut oil.
Dip the warm muffins in the melted coconut oil and then dip them in the sugar mixture. Spoon extra sugar mixture on top and press it into the muffin.
Repeat for all the muffins.
Store leftover muffins in an airtight container in the fridge. Let come to room temperature before eating.
Muffins best enjoyed within 3 days.
*This is a mix of spices. The muffins are fine without it, but if you like a spiced muffin, grab this spice mix! **Apple-flavored, Plain, or Vanilla yogurt will all work, but a flavored yogurt is the BEST. Full fat or 1% for best results -- fat free tends to be a bit watery
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