Homemade Applesauce Walnut Spice Muffins

At the farmer’s market this weekend, a fruit vendor was selling this year’s first batch of golden delicious apples. We all know what this means. There will be a flood of apple recipes to come soon. So I guess I’ll be the first one for the apple season to post my newest apple muffin recipe.

If you leave the frosting off, these muffins provide 2 g. of fiber and have only 135 calories. Alternatively, for those of us who love frosting with their cake, I used my recipe for Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting and enjoyed this sweet, frosted muffin treat for dessert.

Homemade Applesauce Walnut Spice Muffins

  • Servings: 11-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Bare and healthy or a sweet treat, these spiced apple muffins hit the spot, morning, noon or night.

Recipe by: gourmetmarichef

Ingredients

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Saving the apple peels for the compost bowl. Note the watermelon rinds in the background.

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  • 1 c. apples of your choice, peeled and chopped finely
  • 1 c. homemade applesauce* (quick and easy recipe below)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ c. brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp. canola oil
  • ½ c. all purpose flour
  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • ¼ c. chopped walnuts, a bit more for garnishing
  • ½ tsp. salt, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice

*Homemade applesauce recipe:  Place 2 peeled, cored, and sliced apples and ½ c. water in a small pot and simmer on low for 25 minutes. Pour the cooled off cooked apples in a bullet style blender and purée.

Directions

preheat oven to 400°
  1.  Mix together the oil, brown sugar, and egg until creamy. Add in the chopped apples and applesauce.IMG_2353 (2)
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients, walnuts and spices together and gently mix.
  3. Add the dry mixture to the applesauce mixture and stir gently until moistened, but don’t over mix the batter.
  4. Line a cupcake tin with liners and fill them. Bake for 15-18 minutes.IMG_2366 (2)
  5. When a toothpick comes out clean, remove the muffins from the oven, leaving them in the pan to cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Continue cooling after removing from the pan. If you want to frost them, let them completely cool  before frosting, garnish with dried apple slices and toasted chopped walnuts.

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