This Cinnamon Applesauce Muffin recipe has a happy ending but the road to that ending was a bit rough. After making them a couple of times and feeling fairly confident that I had a solid recipe ready to post, my mom made them and after tasting them again, we both agreed they were still lacking!
Ugh. Unpublishing a post that has already been sent out is no fun. I constantly feel the push (internally) to post recipes here regularly, but there are times when I just have to tell myself to focus on quality rather than quantity and hold off.
This tension is especially strong when I look at all the other amazing bloggers around me posting left and right, and that comparison trap lures me right in.
It always helps me to recognize that in most aspects of life, there are seasons. Some seasons are for focusing on building a business, some for growing it strong, and some for maintaining the momentum you’ve worked hard to build.
As the new school year has started, I feel pulled in quite a few directions… Keeping my home, pouring into friendships, homeschooling, mothering, and being a wife are my callings. My sacred callings.
Blogging, recipe development, and photography are the cherry on top. What a gift it is to be able to share my endeavors in the kitchen with such a supportive community.
I always feel so thankful to have such a sweet and encouraging family of followers here!
What’s to Love about Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins…
So here’s to second (and even third) chances! I always strive to post my best work here, and these Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins are good to go! They are lighter, sweeter, and are more flavorful than the first round.
I actually had to just scratch the first recipe framework and used the ratio of wet and dry ingredients that works so well in my Best Ever Pumpkin Muffins. Have you tried those yet? They are no doubt my most popular recipe!
They aren’t as sweet as cupcake as they are muffins, but there’s just enough sweetness to carry the flavors from the applesauce and cinnamon without falling flat.
Here’s an interesting article I found on the difference between muffins and cupcakes, in case you are wondering.
I hope you enjoy, and always, thanks for reading.
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Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 18 muffins 1x
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
These Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins are so easy and delicious! They are light, moist, and flavorful with just a touch of sweetness.
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups applesauce (sweetened)
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line standard-size muffin tins with paper liners. Spray the liners with nonstick spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together. Set aside.
- In another mixing bowl, whisk eggs, oil, vanilla, applesauce, and sour cream until smooth.
- Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and mix gently until just combined. Do not overmix.
- Scoop the muffin batter into each muffin liner, filling 3/4 (or a bit more) full.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 17-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean. Cool for a few minutes in the muffin tin, and then remove the muffins to cool on a cooling rack.
- Once cooled, keep the muffins at room temperature in an airtight container. These will freeze well for up to three months.
- Serving Size: 1 Muffin
- Calories: 170
- Sugar: 14g
- Sodium: 140mg
- Fat: 7.5g
- Saturated Fat: 0.9g
- Unsaturated Fat: 6.1g
- Trans Fat: 0.1g
- Carbohydrates: 24g
- Fiber: 0.7g
- Protein: 2.1g
- Cholesterol: 23mg
Keywords: cinnamon applesauce muffins, cinnamon applesauce, applesauce muffins, muffins
I have been baking for years but something went wrong with this recipe. When I pulled them out of the oven, they looked great and then went flat. I did add 1/2 cup of raisins, otherwise I followed the recipe.
Any idea what could have gone wrong? I want to try the recipe again.
These muffins are so moist and delicious. I did use unsweetened applesauce because that’s all I had. They were still great.
Grace Lackey says
Just made these. Perfection. Next time I will add some ginger and nutmeg. But that is just for my taste. This recipe is good like it is.
Would you change anything for unsweetened applesauce? I sent my husband to the store and that’s what he came back with. Thank you!
No. I make these regularly with unsweetened applesauce. They’re just as good.
Absolutely perfect. The texture is wonderful. The level of sweetness is just right. It would satisfy a sweet craving, but wouldn’t be out of place on the breakfast table.
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April D says
Love these, I used to make a similar muffin years ago, so when I came upon your version I decided to try it. My only change was I used butter instead if oil. They were delicious, even better than my old recipe. Thanks for sharing!
I love these! Made them with slightly sweetened applesauce that I had made using crabapples. Super moist and divine!!
These muffins were perfect! Light, medium sweet and didn’t need any additional topping. I used Unsweetened applesauce. I also like that the recipe makes 18 muffins…..just perfect for the event I was holding!
Delicious! I bake a lot and rarely find a recipe I love on the first try. This was the exception!
Britt Praz says
These are great!! They are very moist and have great flavor. I have made these exactly as directions call for besides I only ever use imitation vanilla. What is the actual difference?
Can you add cut up apples to these? If so, what do you recommend for a type of apple and how much?
I am planning to make these soon and going to top with a salted caramel frosting 🙂
Kathryn Shaw says
I plan on chopping up apples too! I am thinking they’ll be too moist, and am wondering what adjustments to make to the liquids. Less oil? Less applesauce?
I made these with Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free Flour and they were delicious. So light and delicate.
Melissa Barker says
Delicious! Used my homemade applesauce !
Used the recipe as a super starter. I always cut down on sugar so only used the 1/2 cup brown sugar and used unsweetened applesauce. I didn’t have any sour cream so left that out added instead a little bit more applesauce. Added walnuts. Sprinkled a bit of sugar on top of the muffins before I baked them. These turned out fantastic.