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Mini Applesauce Muffins

These mini applesauce muffins are the BEST and perfect for breakfast, an after school snack, or late night treat! They’re light and fluffy with a little sugar and cinnamon on top!  YUM!

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I’ve recently been in a rut when it comes to packing lunch boxes and feel that I’m packing the same things over and over again. I try to change things up but mostly buy a different kind of cracker or different fruit. This eggless muffin recipe is the perfect item to make and throw in there.

Scroll to the bottom to get to the recipe card with all the details on how to make these eggless muffins.

overhead view of mini applesauce muffins on cooling rack

Mini Applesauce Muffins

These delicious muffins are healthy and homemade. The best part is that this original recipe uses basic pantry staples and doeesn’t have any ingredients that I can’t pronounce. There is no special egg replacer that you’ll never use again that cost a fortune. They really don’t take long at all and are perfect when you have an extra hour.

 I actually have a hiding place in my kitchen for lunch things that I don’t want the kids to eat.  If I left it out in the pantry, it would be gone before the weekend was over and none of it would make it to the lunch boxes.  

I have an egg allergy so I use Mott’s® Natural Applesauce in many of my recipes as a substitution.  You can also use applesauce in any recipe that calls for oil.  Use 1/2 measuring cup of applesauce for every 1/2 cup of oil It’s great to reduce calories in baked goods and adds moisture!  

hand holding a mini applesauce muffin

Eggless Dessert Resources

If you’re like me, then you’re probably on the lookout for more recipes that are egg free.  I hate finding a recipe and clicking on it and it has an egg in it!

I started an eggless recipe board on my personal Pinterest page and then realized that I should probably link it to my blog.  It’s great finding recipes that are egg free and when I need one I can go look and eat everything in it.

I have an EGGLESS Recipe board on Pinterest and there are a ton of great recipes.  You can follow it here.  I pin on it every week because I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for new recipes.

I also have an EGG FREE RECIPE Facebook page that I just started, so there is only one follower right now, me!  (Update:  It’s over 2400 now!!) Go follow over there and I’ll post any good recipes I find!

Here are some of the most popular eggless recipes on my site that you need to check out.

three applesauce muffins lined up on a wooden table

Tools to make this Applesauce Muffins Recipe

Handheld Electric Mixer– You can use a stand mixer for this recipe, but you don’t have to get it out if you don’t want to. A simple hand mixer will do fine. I actually use my hand mixer way more than my stand mixer. It’s just easier to get out and clean.

Anyway, the hand mixer I linked to above is one I got for a wedding gift over twenty years ago and it’s still going strong and I bake A LOT! I definitely recommend it.

Large bowl– I LOVE stainless steel bowls. They are great in the kitchen for all kinds of cooking and baking. They hold up well and don’t need to replace often.

Mini muffin tray- If you have read any other of my muffin recipes then you know I swear by silicone liners. They make clean-up so easy and no muffin is stuck to a paper liner. This is a great silicon pan for mini muffins. They always come out looking good.

Wire Rack –  These are my very favorite and the main reason is that they don’t take up a lot of space in my cabinet.

Silicone muffin liners – OK- You won’t need these in this recipe because these are mini muffins but for the normal-sized muffins, these are a must!  You can just throw them in the dishwasher.  This is a 12 pack so make sure to purchase two! They are a necessity for eggless recipes. The cupcake doesn’t stick to the silicone, so you aren’t throwing away half the cupcake that’s stuck to the paper.

Ingredients for eggless applesauce muffins

  • Butter- I used salted butter in this recipe because that’s what I normally buy, but unsalted will work also. Make sure it is room temperature NOT melted butter.
  • Sugar
  • All purpose flour
  • Applesauce- You can use sweetened or unsweetened applesauce in this recipe. I used sweetened because that’s normally what I have in my refrigerator.
  • Salt
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Vanilla extract- Did you know you can make your own vanilla? Here’s how to make homemade vanilla! It’s easy and only has two ingredients.
  • cinnamon sugar mixture for topping
  • Optional: You can throw in a few mini chocolate chips if you want!
mini applesauce muffins recipe in mini muffin tin on stove

Directions for the applesauce muffin recipe

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350F.  

Step 2

Add the room temperature butter and sugar to a large mixing bowl and cream using an electric mixer. It will take a couple of minutes.  

Step 3

After you cream the butter and sugar, put all the other dry ingredients into the bowl and continue mixing.

Step 4

Spray your mini muffin cups with a nonstick spray. Spoon batter in the muffin tray 1/2- 3/4 full.  Sometimes it’s hard to gauge this because they are already so small.  Try to get them as even as possible so they’ll all be done cooking at the same time.  Sprinkle about 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon/sugar mixture on top of each mini muffin and bake.

Place on the center rack of the oven and baking time runs about 12 minutes or when they turn golden brown.

You can check if your applesauce mini muffins are done by pulling out a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin and it coming out clean. If there is batter on the toothpick, then the muffin needs a little more cooking. However, it doesn’t need to cook long since the muffins are small.

Step 5

Let cool on a cooling rack and store any leftover muffins in an airtight container. Freezer bags work great.

Tip 1

Many people are commenting that the batter is thick.  The muffin batter is supposed to be thick.  You didn’t do anything wrong!

Tip 2

You can make these into vegan applesauce muffins by replacing the butter with a vegan brand such as Earth Balance. My brother is allergic to milk so this recipe is perfect for those with a milk allergy too.

Print the recipe below!

overhead view of baked mini applesauce muffins in muffin tin on wooden table

Here are a few more egg free muffin recipes with applesauce as an ingredient

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Mini muffins are always a hit and these were gone within 10 minutes! These mini applesauce muffins are so light and fluffy with a little sugar and cinnamon on top! YUM!
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5 from 10 votes

Mini Applesauce Muffins

Mini muffins are always a hit and these were gone within 10 minutes!  These mini applesauce muffins are so light and fluffy with a little sugar and cinnamon on top!  YUM!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword applesauce, muffin
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 24 Muffins
Author Holly- Keeping Life Sane


  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup Mott’s Applesauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • sugar and cinnamon mixture for topping


  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Cream the softened butter and sugar with an electric mixer.
  • Add in applesauce and mix.
  • Add dry ingredients.
  • Grease your mini muffin pan before filling 1/2- 3/4 full.
  • Sprinkle about 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon/sugar mixture on top of each mini muffin.
  • Bake for around 12 minutes.


Tip 1

Many people are commenting that the batter is thick.  It’s supposed to be thick.  You didn’t do anything wrong!

Tip 2

You can make these into vegan applesauce muffins by replacing the butter with a vegan brand such as Earth Balance.
Recipe Rating


Saturday 13th of January 2024

I’ve made many of Holly’s recipes over the years. Every single one has been a raving success.

I love this one for Saturday morning and I love that I always have everything I need on hand since all of the ingredients are pantry stables for us (we too have a bottle of applesauce at all times for egg-free baking, haha). No substitutions or changes, just follow the recipe and it’s always amazing.

This website has been a game changer to bake for my son with an egg allergy. Do you have a cookbook?

Bre G

Saturday 19th of March 2022

Do you have a suggestion for no sugar or less sugar? My twins just turned 1 so trying to keep things as less sugar as possible. Thanks!


Sunday 8th of January 2023

@Bre G, maybe honey, maple syrup or mashed banana


Saturday 7th of January 2023

@Bre G, I use Swerve which is a better sugar substitute than stevia or the like. It’s a 1:1 ratio too. I use their regular sugar, brown sugar, and powdered sugar for everything. Tastes the same!

caroline henson

Friday 4th of December 2020

do you have to use sweet or unsweetend appesauce?


Saturday 5th of December 2020

either will work.


Saturday 9th of May 2020

These are so tasty! My batter was thick, but not so thick it wasn’t good. The finished product was moist and extremely tasty. Love them.


Monday 4th of May 2020

We tried these and the consistency was on the thicker side, but cooked just fine. We added a little nutmeg into the cinnamon and sugar mixture.