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Applesauce Cinnamon Oat Muffins Recipe

Applesauce Cinnamon Oat Muffins Recipe

My grandmother passed this recipe down to me, and I'm eager to share it with my children. The down-home muffins are tender on the inside and have a crispy topping of oats, brown sugar and cinnamon. I've even added raisins and cranberries to the batter for a different taste. —Hannah Barringer Loudon, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:10 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In another bowl, combine the applesauce, milk, oil and egg white. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fill muffin cups coated with cooking spray three-fourths full.
  • 2. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter. Bake at 400° for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Yield: 10 muffins.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 222 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 265mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.

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Cckeefer User ID: 8921566 253213
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2016

"I have made these 4 times now. The only thing I've done differently from the base recipe is double the cinnamon and leave off the topping.

I made one batch with a diced apple mixed in, another with a diced peach and one with blueberries. For the last batch I mashed up a banana in place of the apple sauce. They have all turned out delicious! They freeze nicely too."

cataieec User ID: 8692621 241518
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2016

"Perfect! Used almond milk and a flaxseed "egg" and added dried cranberries, and they tasted great! Made closer to 14 muffins, which is great because my roommates have already eaten most of them. Also left off the topping because I was pressed for time, and they still tasted delicious. Def a keeper!"

Jesseastman84 User ID: 8581278 235369
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2015

"These muffins are the best! I have never reviewed a recipe online before and I joined this site today just to rate these. The only change I made is that I used whole milk because that's what I had on hand. This recipe would be a great base to add mix ins as well. I really want to try making it with some raspberries next. Yum!"

AllisonnL09 User ID: 8388872 226886
Reviewed May. 24, 2015

"These were great! I don't like really sweet things for breakfast so I left off the topping. I also didn't have an egg so instead I used 1 tablespoon of crushed chia seeds (I used a food processor to crush them) and 3 tablespoons of water. You mix those together and let them sit for about 5 minutes and they become the consistency of an egg yolk. Worked beautifully and tasted great!!!"

joonthego5 User ID: 7552234 222748
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2015

"Great healthier recipe! Made recipe using some of suggested & my own options: upped the cinnamon, used almond milk, had a large shriveling apple that I washed, cored and processed w/peal till fine, accidentally used the 1/3 instead of 1/2 cup for the brown sugar but was plenty sweet and skipped topping. Moist with crunchy top. May add some chopped nuts and a bit of fresh grated ginger to next batch. Can have fun with healthy add-ins you like."

refuge912 User ID: 8116847 94885
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2014

"EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT recipe!!! Will definitely make again. They turned out quite moist which is unusual for "healthy" muffins, especially because I replaced the white flour with whole wheat. And they had a delicious flavour!!! I had made a few modifications (so I haven't tried the "original" recipe) as follows:

- Switching white flour for whole wheat
- Upping the cinnamon content (probably at least double)
- Adding a bit of ginger (probably what the recipe called for for cinnamon or a bit less)
- Using 1/2 the applesauce (I ran out!)
- Using 1 less tablespoon of oil (I'd doubled it, so I used 1/4 cup)
- Adding in 1 O% yogurt cup (for moisture to compensate for the applesauce and oil)
I also did not try the topping.
And it was delicious!! I would also suggest adding nutmeg, allspice, raisins, or walnuts. Yum!!"

StaciaS User ID: 7974041 140331
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2014

"These were delicious and filling! I actually got 12 muffins out of this recipe. I did substitute a few things: white whole wheat flour for AP, splenda and 1/2 t molasses for brown sugar inside muffins (I used regular brown sugar for the topping) and almond milk for the skim milk. I also added 1/4 t nutmeg to the batter and a dash of nutmeg to the topping. Muffins were just under 150 calories and less than 22 net carbs with my changes. I will definitely make these again."

Boppiesgirl User ID: 7740369 135399
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

"Even better with finely chopped apple in batter. Makes 12 muffins easily."

hungrymama5 User ID: 7003685 55460
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2013

"I tried these with whole wheat flour and they still turned out great! easy healthy breakfast."

1968Debra User ID: 5605293 135397
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2011

"Yummy, I used chunky homemade applesauce and left the topping off."

jcackler User ID: 162497 135395
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"very good - fast, inexpensive and tasty - just how we like them. I also used a whole egg since I was only making the muffins. May also try adding some nutmeg and apple chunks in the future."

Sugarbearchef User ID: 4480824 94861
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2011

"A great healthy breakfast treat! I used a whole egg and they turned out wonderful. We have several quarts of home made applesauce, what a good way to use it up!"

levick20 User ID: 5413265 55051
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"Made a double batch of these for a family get together and they were a big hit! Nice texture and flavor that goes well with lots of different meals!"

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