Simple Applesauce Muffins (BLW Friendly Recipe)

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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!

baby hand holding a 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:

  • applesauce
  • self-raising flour
  • milk
  • oil
  • egg
  • cinnamon
  • grated apple
The ingredients for the muffins, applesauce, self-raising flour, milk,  oil, egg, cinnamon, grated apple
The ingredients for the muffins, applesauce, self-raising flour, milk, oil, egg, cinnamon, 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.

Prep:

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

wet ingredients whisked, self-raising flour and grated apple ready to be added

Step two: Stir in the flour, mix lightly with a wooden spoon until just combined

Step three: Gently stir through the grated apple

muffin batter ready to go into the muffin trayw
muffin batter

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

Enjoy!

a mini applesauce muffin on a white counter top

Top Tips

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.
A jar of unsweetened apple sauce being held above a mixing bowl

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

A stack of two mini muffins sitting next to half a muffin on a white bench top.

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baby sitting on the floor eating a muffin
Ezzy 12 months old loving these muffins
a mini applesauce muffin on a white counter top

Applesauce Muffins

A super simple one bowl, no mixer applesauce muffin that is perfect for baby led weaning and toddlers
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Course: Muffins
Cuisine: New Zealand
Keyword: applesauce muffins, applesauce recipes, baby led weaning recipe, baby muffin, muffins with applesauce
Servings: 16
Calories: 77kcal
Author: My Kids Lick The Bowl

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4.60 from 170 votes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the apple sauce, egg, milk, oil and cinnamon
    wet ingredients whisked, self-raising flour and grated apple ready to be added
  • Stir in the flour, mix lightly with a wooden spoon until just combined
  • Gently stir through the grated apple
    muffin batter ready to go into the muffin trayw
  • 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

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Notes

  • I use an unsweetened applesauce
  • I use a mild olive oil or coconut oil

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 101mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

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14 Comments

  1. This was a fabulous recipe! Was easy to make and the kids loved them. I will definitely be making again!

  2. What a great muffin that the whole family will enjoy for either breakfast or a quick snack.

  3. A recipe I've been on a hunt for! thank you. Just curious, if I want to make my own apple sauce, is it just steamed and pureed sweet apples? No sugar? And also do peel the apples before making the sauce? Thanks again.

  4. If I am feeding it to a baby whose 8 months old and cannot drink milk?... Do I substitute with formula?