I made applesauce yesterday, as a sort of “making lemons into lemonade” situation after a tough weekend. Cooking and baking generally boost my spirit, and having the house smell like baked apples and cinnamon as fall is fast approaching, well — that’s a pretty good bonus.
I have been looking for some easy grab-and-go snacks for Prim lately, as we have fallen into the rut of consuming the same snacks day-in and day-out. The girl eats allll day long, so having plenty of snacks on hand is crucial. She’s in a bit of a picky phase, so any time I can sneak in anything mildly healthy I try to take advantage.
These muffins are a great dessert, but given that they’re pretty low in sugar, they’ve mostly been serving as a snack in our house. They come together quickly and make exactly 12 muffins — two things that are somewhat essential right now, given that I only have one muffin tin and very limited time where I can be out of eyesight of Lark now that she’s semi-mobile.
Whole Wheat Applesauce Muffins
makes 12 muffins
- 1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup milk (I used whole)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 4 tbsp melted butter
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- big pinch of nutmeg
- big pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup unpacked raisins
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Whisk together oats, applesauce, milk, vanilla, egg, melted butter, and sugar.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and raisins.
- Add dry ingredients to wet, stirring just to combine (don’t overmix).
- Spoon into muffin cups or a greased muffin tin, then bake for 10-15 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- You could probably use 1/4 of cup maple syrup or 1/6 cup (about 2 2/3 tbsp) to a scant 1/4 cup of honey in place of the sugar, but you may need to decrease the amount of milk by a couple teaspoons if you take this option. (Though it may be so minimal that it won’t make much difference.)
- I think I may try adding in a bit of mashed banana instead of the sugar next time, but I can’t speak to how that will work out — I’ll update this if I try it!
- Subbing coconut oil for butter shouldn’t be a problem.
- Feel free to add dried cranberries or nuts in place of the raisins — both should work well.