A quick post to share a super simple applesauce muffin recipe that is perfect for babies and toddlers.
Some of the most well-known recipes on my blog are for muffins that are suitable for babies and baby-led weaning.
This recipe is my easiest, simplest baby-led weaning muffin!
Why This Recipe Works
- One bowl recipe
- Basic ingredients
- No cake mixer or beater needed!
Ingredients you will need
The ingredients for my applesauce muffins are:
- self-raising flour
- grated apple
Ingredient Notes and Substitutes
- Self-raising flour: Can be substituted for plain flour and baking powder. (Ratio of 1 cup of flour to 1 teaspoon of baking powder)
- Milk: Any milk or milk alternative can be used.
- Oil: A mild flavoured oil is needed or can be substituted for melted butter. I use mild olive oil or coconut oil.
- Applesauce: Look for unsweetened applesauce.
How to make applesauce muffins
Below are illustrated step-by-step instructions to make my ** Recipe cookies, if you prefer just the written instructions then head straight to the printable recipe card below.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius or 360 Fahrrenheit
Step one: In a medium bowl whisk together the apple sauce, egg, milk, oil and cinnamon
Step two: Stir in the flour, mix lightly with a wooden spoon until just combined
Step three: Gently stir through the grated apple
Step four: Portion into a mini muffin tin (I get 16 mini size muffins from this recipe) I use a silicone muffin tray. Bake for approximately 15 minutes
Step five: Allow to cool in the tin until cool enough to handle, remove from the tin and cool on a rack
Store in an airtight container for three days, or freeze for up to 3 months
Here is how you can make these applesauce muffins perfectly every time!
- Feel absolutely free to make your own homemade applesauce for this recipe. By applesauce, I am referring to essentially apple purée
- If you are going to use store-bought applesauce, look for an unsweetened apple sauce. In the ingredients list, there should be no sugar
- You can usually find applesauce/apple purée in either the sauce section of the supermarket or the baby food section, I find it is a lot cheaper to buy it from the sauce section and if you choose the right one it has the same ingredients as the baby food apple purée ie 99%-100% apples
- Applesauce means this recipe can be egg-free (apple sauce is a great egg replacer)
- Applesauce can also be used to replace oil in a recipe, I prefer my muffins with some oil as I find they are a little softer in texture and keep a little bit better, but in this recipe, you can up the applesauce a little as a substitute for the oil
- Applesauce is never going to be as healthy as your child eating a fresh apple, as by creating the applesauce you have concentrated the fresh apples which means by volume applesauce is higher in sugar than a fresh apple. But I do find that it can be useful in baking and does reduce the number of other sweeteners or sugars required to make the muffin healthy.
Other recipes with applesauce
I am quite a fan of using applesauce in my recipes, it tends to keep things moist, and my kids enjoy the flavour
- Apple Oat Baby Pancakes
- Apple Pie Oat Bars - Granola Bars
- Apple Oat Energy Balls no-bake snack bites
- Apple Pie Chia Pudding
- Apple Toddler Muffins
- Healthy Apple Muffins - These muffins are loaded with oats and designed for slightly older kids.
RATE THIS RECIPE
- ½ cup apple sauce 130g
- 1 egg
- ½ cup milk 120mls
- ¼ cup oil 60mls
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup self-raising flour 150g
- 1 apple medium size grated
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius
- In a medium bowl whisk together the apple sauce, egg, milk, oil and cinnamon
- Stir in the flour, mix lightly with a wooden spoon until just combined
- Gently stir through the grated apple
- Portion into a mini muffin tin (I get 16 mini muffins from this recipe) I use a silicone muffin tray
- Bake for approximately 15 minutes
- Allow to cool in the tin until cool enough to handle, remove from the tin and cool on a rack
- Store in an airtight container for three days, or freeze for up to 3 months
- I use an unsweetened applesauce
- I use a mild olive oil or coconut oil