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YUMMY 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. These are 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 mini applesauce muffins are healthy and homemade. I know there aren’t any ingredients that I can’t pronounce. 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’m allergic to eggs so I use Mott’s® Natural Applesauce in many of my recipes for 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 recipes on my site that you need to check out.

three mini applesauce muffins lined up on a wooden table

YUMMY Mini Applesauce Muffins

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.
  • 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- 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
mini applesauce muffins 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 bowl and cream using an electric mixer. You can use a stand mixer if you have it, but I just used my hand mixer because it’s easier to clean up. This is the hand mixture I got for my wedding over twenty years ago and it’s still going strong!

It will take a couple of minutes.  

Step 3

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

Step 4

Spray your mini muffin tin with a nonstick spray before filling 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.

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 sucah 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 muffins with applesauce as an ingredient

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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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.


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

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Recipe Rating

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!

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.


Monday 20th of January 2020

I tried these and I liked them. Taste - good. Not sweet but see modifications below Texture - more bread/dough like Modifications - 1 extra table so if water and 1 extra table spoon of applesauce Didn’t add any cinnamon or vanilla Didn’t add sugar on top I made 12 regular size muffins i.e. not large coffee shop size but not mini one bite.

Batter was thick hence me adding extra sauce and water but not so thick it couldn’t be spooned into cases.


Friday 26th of February 2021

Hello, great recipe! I am just wondering what do you suggest for storage?