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March 3, 2014

Healthy & Delicious Applesauce Muffins


My husband says that muffins are my kryptonite.  
I love to bake, and I love to cook, but I make terrible muffins.  They never turn out.  
That is, until I started using this applesauce muffin recipe.  
These muffins are divine!  And I'm thinking they're pretty much fool proof.  Because they turn out great for me :)

The best part is, you can use straight up applesauce, or you can substitute some of the applesauce with a bit of pumpkin, or a few tablespoons of shredded zucchini, or, if you're like me and have extra jars of fruity pureed baby food around the house, you can use that too!


These have no eggs, no butter, no nuts.  Not very much sugar.  My kids LOVE having these for snack - and they make a great school snack too.  I serve these to the preschool group and they get devoured.  When the public school allows homemade snacks in the classroom these are a great option because they have no nuts and no eggs.  

So, here's the recipe for these fabulous Applesauce Muffins!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups applesauce 
(This is where I get creative.  Just get to 1 1/2 cups but use what you've got: up to 1/4 c pureed pumpkin, a few tablespoons shredded zucchini, some mashed banana, pureed fruit baby food, etc.  I usually put at least 1/2 cup of applesauce if I'm using other things too)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tsp. baking soda
dash of salt
2 cups flour (I usually do 1 cup white, 1 cup wheat -- but all white works too)
1 tsp. cinnamon

Instructions:

Mix applesauce, sugar and oil.  Add remaining ingredients and stir until incorporated.
Coat a muffin tin in cooking spray and scoop batter evenly into all 12 cups.  
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-17 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

You can also use a mini muffin tin - which is great for school parties - bake at the same temp for 13-15 minutes, and it will make about 3 dozen mini muffins.  

YUM!!  I'm eating some right now.  They are delicious ;)




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4 comments:

  1. Yummyy!!!! Oh by the way, I am the 1000th follower of your blog. Feeling pretty special now :)

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    1. Woo hoo! You just made my day. Thanks for that!!
      Best, Lindsay

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  2. Muffins are one of my favorite things to bake, and I've been experimenting with muffin recipes for 30+ years! For fun sometime, you could try using coconut oil instead of canola (supposed to be healthier) You could also try Chia seeds in place of some of the oil (a few TBLS--they have good protein and act like oil). I also use whole oats (the non instant kind) in place of 1/2 the flour sometimes. You could use some awesome maple syrup (the real kind not the imitation--kind of pricey but less refined than white sugar) in place of sugar. It's very sweet so you can use less.
    Just some thoughts:) I do some crazy stuff like use quinoa for part of the flour, and also I put in ground flax.
    Love your blog Linds!

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  3. You are awesome Lindsay. Your grandpa Sheldon is doing some innovative things in cooking and art. I think he is taking after you.

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