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Applesauce Muffin Mix

"I adapted a recipe so I could give this homemade muffin mix to our family for holiday gifts," says Barbara Opperwall of Wyoming, Michigan.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    9 muffins


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten, room temperature
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  • Combine the first five ingredients. In a 1-pint glass jar, layer 3/4 cup flour, oats, sugar mixture and remaining flour. Cover and store in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months. Yield: 1 batch (about 2 cups total).
  • To prepare muffins: Preheat oven to 375°. Combine egg, applesauce, butter and vanilla. Stir in muffin mix just until moistened. Fill greased muffin cups three-fourths full. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, 15-20 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 240 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 232mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • AllisonO
    Sep 10, 2016

    This makes delicious muffins that are definitely gift-worthy! The spice and sweetness are well-balanced, and the oats give the muffins a slightly nutty flavor and a nice texture. I especially like that this recipe calls for pantry staples and that the batter pulls together so quickly. The muffins are large when dividing only among nine muffin cups but they're a good size for a snack or light breakfast.

  • mamaknowsbest
    Sep 6, 2016

    We loved these muffins! Not only easy, quick to put together but perfect taste and texture. Made exactly as written, even popped out of pan easily. Four of them were quickly eaten warm out of the oven! Next batch will double! As a volunteer field editor for Taste of Home magazine I love recipes that use ingredients normal have on hand but tasty enough to give as gift.

  • wingsnutoo
    Sep 6, 2016

    I thought the recipe for gifting was a great idea. I didn't wait but mixed it up right away. I only made 2 muffins and held the rest to try different approaches. It was a little too bland for my taste. The 2nd group of Two I added a few dried Apple pieces and a dash of ginger, better flavor. The 3 rd group I added craisins, and used a kiddy pack of cranberry applesauce, it was good, not Apple flavored but good none the less. All in all this makes a wonderful base muffin mix to add personal touches to, coconut, almonds, extracts, etc.

  • kimspacc
    Sep 3, 2016

    I did not care for these. The nutmeg flavor was overpowering.

  • momax2
    Feb 14, 2015

    I make these a lot. One of my favorite muffin recipes. Uses on-hand ingredients. Very delicious. Young children especially enjoy these.