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Applesauce Vegan Muffins

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Dark, moist, and scattered with raisins and fresh apple bits, these applesauce vegan muffins are perfect for breakfast or a snack. So scrumptious and easy to make, no one will ever guess they are actually healthy. Make ahead of time and freeze for quick breakfasts on the go!

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These pleasantly plump healthy vegan muffins are loaded with fresh apples, cinnamon, and raisins and have absolutely zero dairy or oil.

I have lots of other vegan muffin recipes like Sweet Potato and Chocolate Zucchini Muffins so be sure to check those out as well. They are all completely oil-free and made with wholesome ingredients. There’s even a gluten-free option listed with my Banana Oat Muffins.

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You’ll love these applesauce muffins because they’re…

  • Made with fresh apples and applesauce
  • Perfectly sweet
  • Healthy, vegan, & oil-free
  • Freeze well
  • Make the perfect on-the-go breakfast
  • Amazingly delicious!
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I know some people feel that baked apple recipes are only for the fall and apple season, but I strongly disagree. Apple baking is fabulous all year round. To me, any day that starts with these sweet vegan muffins is bound to be a good one!

How to make applesauce muffins

Begin by preheating the oven to 350°F. Then wash your apples and core and dice them. They can be peeled if desired, but I like to leave the peels on because they add lots of fiber and get pretty soft during the baking process.

whole apple and diced apple on cutting board with knife

I am often asked what knives I use and recommend for cooking, and my favorite brand is Victorinox Swiss Army Cutlery. Yes, that’s the same company that makes the Swiss Army Knife. These knives come with a lifetime guarantee and are very reasonably priced. I absolutely love mine.

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What kind of apples to use

You really can use any type of apple preferred for this muffin recipe, but I like to recommend that a sweet variety is used. There are many great options like fuji, gala, golden delicious, and others. However, if you like more tart muffins, Granny Smith is a good one to use.

Once your apples are cored and diced, set them to the side.

Making the batter

In a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, sugar (if using).

oat flour in stainless steel bowl with whisk

In a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients that include applesauce, almond milk, vanilla, vinegar, and date paste (if using as a sweetener substitute).

A number of people have messaged me over the years saying they aren’t able to find unsweetened applesauce in their area. The good news is that homemade applesauce is really easy to make in your own kitchen if you want to give it a try, and the only ingredients are apples, water, and lemon juice.

wet batter for banana oatmeal pancakes

Pour the well-blended wet mixture into a large bowl with the dry ingredients and stir to make a nice thick muffin batter.

Add the diced apples, raisins, and crushed walnuts and mix well.

large stainless mixing bowl with applesauce muffin batter topped with diced apples

Spoon or scoop the batter into a silicone muffin baking non-stick pan or paper muffin cups. I recommend the silicon pan because these muffins tend to stick to paper cups after baking.

When I am making muffins, pancakes, or waffles, I like to use a trigger ice cream scoop to portion out the batter. It makes much less of a mess and each scoopful tends to be the exact amount of batter needed.

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Place the muffin pans in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. If you’re using a silicone nonstick pan, you’ll want to place it on a baking sheet for support.

Test for doneness by pushing a toothpick into the center of one of the muffins. When it comes out clean, the muffins are ready.

Remove from oven, allow to cool, and serve.

old tin muffin pan filled with cooked vegan muffins on cooling rack

Tips for making applesauce vegan muffins

  • Store muffins in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
  • Since these muffins freeze well, I highly suggest making a double batch and keeping some on-hand for surprise guests or for a quick breakfast on your way out the door.
  • These muffins are not gluten-free, but this link to the Minimalist Baker will help adjust it for those that want to give it a try.
  • This applesauce recipe calls for brown sugar, and many people are avoiding refined sugars. For those who use only natural sweeteners, date paste can be used in this recipe. It’s pretty simple to make date paste.
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*Originally published April 2016.

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Applesauce Vegan Muffins

Yield: 15 muffins
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Dark, moist, and scattered with raisins and fresh apple bits, these applesauce vegan muffins are perfect for breakfast or a snack. So scrumptious and easy to make, no one will ever guess they are actually healthy. Make ahead of time and freeze for quick breakfasts on the go!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, or date paste
  • 1.5 cup apple sauce, (or 15 oz)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or other plant milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup apple, diced
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Begin by preheating the oven to 350°F. Then wash your apples and core and dice them. They can be peeled if desired, but I like to leave the peels on because they add lots of fiber and get pretty soft during the baking process. Once your apples are cored and diced, set them to the side.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, sugar (if using).
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients that include applesauce, almond milk, vanilla, vinegar, and date paste (if using).
  4. Pour the well-blended wet mixture into a large bowl with the dry ingredients and stir to make a nice thick muffin batter.
  5. Add the diced apples, raisins, and crushed walnuts and mix well.
  6. Spoon or scoop the batter into a silicone muffin baking non-stick pan or paper muffin cups. I recommend the silicon pan because these muffins tend to stick to paper cups after baking.
  7. When I am making muffins, pancakes, or waffles, I like to use a trigger ice cream scoop to portion out the batter. It makes much less of a mess and each scoopful tends to be the exact amount of batter needed.
  8. Place the muffin pans in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. If you’re using a silicone nonstick pan, you’ll want to place it on a baking sheet for support.
  9. Test for doneness by pushing a toothpick into the center of one of the muffins. When it comes out clean, the muffins are ready.
  10. Remove from oven, allow to cool, and serve.

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 3gSugar: 18gProtein: 3g

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