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Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins

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No one can resist freshly baked wholesome muffins!

These applesauce oatmeal muffins use a combination of rolled oats, flour, spices, and applesauce. The result is a delicious grab-and-go breakfast addition that everyone will enjoy.

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A Great Wholesome Breakfast Muffin

Hearty and full of texture, all thanks to the rolled oats.

  • Nothing beats a simple hearty and wholesome muffin recipe for easy breakfasts or snacks.
  • Everyone needs a good muffin recipe, and this is one of our favorites! Another popular recipe you might want to try is our banana oatmeal muffins.
  • The secret to this recipe is the applesauce that not only adds moisture but also infuses the muffins with the perfect sweetness.
  • This recipe makes 24 muffins that can be gobbled up fast or they also store beautifully in the freezer.
  • We love these when warmed in the microwave with a bit of butter!
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Recipe Ingredients

BATTER: The best muffins start with the best ingredients. A combination of rolled oats, wheat flour and all-purpose flour are mixed with spices, baking powder, vegetable oil, milk, and eggs.

OATS: Old-fashioned rolled oats will work the best for this recipe. A personal favorite in our house are sprouted rolled oats that we also use for morning oatmeal and granola bar recipes.

APPLESAUCE: Look for unsweetened applesauce for this recipe. It’s usually found in the baking aisle of the grocery store. Any added sugar will change the flavor of these muffins.

BROWN SUGAR: Brown sugar should be firmly packed into a measuring cup for this recipe. A small amount is also used for the topping that’s sprinkled on just before baking. Alternatively, coconut sugar will also work. It has a caramel-like flavor and tastes nothing like coconuts!

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How To Make Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins

  1. In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs then add the other wet ingredients according to the full recipe instructions below.
  2. Pour the wet ingredients into dry ingredients bowl. Mix together.
  3. Divide into two muffin pans (makes 24 muffins) and sprinkle the topping on each muffin cup.
  4. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool on a rack, serve and enjoy!


FRIDGE: These muffins can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. I don’t recommend storing on the counter as they can get a bit mushy due to added moisture.

FREEZER: These muffins store well in the freezer! After baking, let cool completely. Then wrap each one in parchment paper or plastic wrap and store them all in a freezer bag. When you’re ready to eat, grab one from the freezer and discard the outer wrapping. Place the muffin on a paper towel and microwave for 30-60 seconds to defrost.

I like to pop frozen muffins into my daughter’s lunches which will be thawed by the time she eats them.

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Recipe Tips

  • Spray the paper cupcake liners lightly with nonstick cooking spray. This will help to prevent the muffin base from sticking to the paper.
  • This recipe makes 24 muffins. You’ll need two muffin pans and both can be baked at the same time. If you only have one pan, you can bake in two batches for less time.
  • Keep one dozen of the muffins in the fridge for easy grab-and-go breakfasts or snacks. And the other dozen in the freezer for the future.
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Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins

These muffins use a combination of rolled oats, flour, spices, and applesauce. The result is a delicious grab-and-go breakfast addition that everyone will enjoy.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 24 muffins


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Add paper cupcake liners to a muffin pan. Lightly spray the inside of each cupcake liner with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients: 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp ground nutmeg, ¼ tsp allspice.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk 2 eggs then add the wet ingredients: 2 cups unsweetened applesauce, 1 cup milk, and ¼ cup vegetable oil.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry bowl and mix. Do not overmix.
  • In a small bowl, make the cinnamon sugar topping. Add 1 Tbsp brown sugar, and ¼ tsp cinnamon then mix.
  • Divide the batter into two muffin pans for a total of 24 muffins. Use a measuring cup or ice cream scoop to divide the batter. Sprinkle the tops of each with the cinnamon sugar topping. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when poked through the center.
  • Let cool 10 minutes in the pan then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Recipe Notes:

  • Refrigerate – Store in an airtight container in the fridge or at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • To Freeze – An easy trick to prevent muffins from sticking together is to flash freeze them in the muffin pan for 2 hours then place them in a large freezer bag and remove as much air as possible. These can be frozen for up to 3 months.
  • To Reheat – To reheat, place in the microwave for 30 seconds wrapped in a paper towel.


Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 43IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutritional information provided is an estimate and is per serving.

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Friday 6th of May 2022

Is one muffin the serving size? Thanks for putting the nutritional information.


Sunday 8th of May 2022

Yes it is.