These easy applesauce muffins are made with unsweetened applesauce and flavored with cinnamon and a touch of cloves. They are a nice addition to a fall or Thanksgiving brunch menu.
Well, fall is certainly in the air with the morning temperatures hovering around 50 degrees here in Wisconsin. The cooler weather starts to bring thoughts of getting back in the kitchen and baking. This time of year you can find a lot of roadside stands and small farmers markets with bunches of apples for sale.
I know some of you buy bushels of apples and make your own homemade applesauce. If you do, this is a fun recipe to use your homemade applesauce. Even if you purchase applesauce from the store, you will still get a great tasting muffin.
Applesauce muffins are a bit denser than what you might think of for a standard muffin, but they do turn out moist and flavorful. Because you use unsweetened applesauce, they have a true apple flavor that complements almost any dish. Cinnamon and just a hint of cloves give it that quintessential fall flavor.
It might be difficult to keep these yummy delights from disappearing from the table before you are ready to serve them.
As an added bonus your kitchen will smell wonderful when they are baking. They go over especially well with children, who seem to love the applesauce flavor.
Easy Applesauce Muffins
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine the applesauce, vegetable oil, and slightly beaten egg. Mix well.
- In a large mixing bowl; combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ground cloves, and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour.
- Pour in the wet ingredients and stir together just until moistened. Do not over mix.
- Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper muffin cups. If you do not have paper liners, grease the muffin pan with vegetable oil spray.
- Divide the batter equally among the 12 cups. Each will be about ¾ full.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, until golden brown and they spring back to the touch.