Need a satisfying snack that the entire family can enjoy? Then these Healthy Applesauce Muffins are for you! Sweetened with fruit and spiced with cinnamon, these natural muffins need to be in your kitchen this week too!
Combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a medium bowl.
To a larger bowl, combine the date syrup, applesauce, vanilla, milk, oil, and egg. Whisk together.
Slowly fold the dry into the wet ingredients. Stir in the chopped apples.
Fill a 12-cup muffin pan with liners. Portion batter evenly into muffin liners. Top each muffin with an apple cut out if desired for garnish. I use my daughters mini veggie cutters for this!
Bake muffins for 28 minutes.
Remove and let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 7 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.
Apples: Apples vary in sweetness! Choose a variety like Gala or Fuji with a little more sweet than tartness to keep the flavor of this recipe.
Oats: Use the quick cooking, rolled oats. This creates a more uniform texture that kids will be sure to enjoy, too!
Date Syrup: While I highly recommend giving it a try, if you don't have date syrup you can sub in brown sugar or maple syrup. Note, this will not be added sugar free.
Gluten Free: You can sub in a gluten-free flour like almond or coconut for the whole wheat flour if you want to make this gluten-free. Be sure your oats are certified gluten free as well!
Vegan: Use your favorite plant based milk and a flax egg to keep these muffins vegan friendly.
Spices: We love the cinnamon and ginger flavor combo but if you keep apple pie spice on hand, it usually contains some combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, and/or cloves. Feel free to sub what you have, just make sure it totals 1 1/2 tsp (and keep the nutmeg and/or cloves to 1/4 tsp max as they can be very strong!)
Due to the batter being dark, it will be difficult to tell doneness by looking for browning. Check your muffins by poking a toothpick into the center of a muffin situated near the center of the muffin pan. If it comes out clean, they're done!
If you want to make this a full breakfast meal, I highly recommend pairing this with a cup of Pumpkin Spice Yogurt!
For serving, accompanying with coffee for the adults (or chai tea) is a delicious choice!