Applesauce Oat Muffins

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These lovely, spiced muffins are the perfect after school snack – sweet yet low in sugar, high in fiber, universally appealing, and made with ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry and fridge.

Muffins:

1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsweetened applesauce (homemade is really lovely here, but store-bought works just as well!)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg

Topping:
1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400°. Lightly grease a muffin tin with cooking spray, or line with paper muffin liners.

Prepare topping: In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup oats, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Add 1 tablespoon melted butter and mix together until well combined; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the applesauce, brown sugar, milk, oil, vanilla and egg. Add to dry ingredients and mix just until moistened.

Divide batter evenly into 12 muffin cups. Place a bit of the topping on each muffin.

Bake at for 16 – 18 or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool for a few minutes in the pans. Remove muffins from pans and cool on a wire rack.

To make as a cake: Use an 8×8 inch baking dish.

Can easily be doubled.

One response to “Applesauce Oat Muffins

  1. Wow! This looks absolutely amazing. I am a huge fan of anything bread-y, sweet, tender, and this definitely fits the bill. I love baking with applesauce because you can replace a lot (if not all) of the fat with it, and it adds so much moisture. 🙂 Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe. I think I will give it a try this weekend and let you know how it goes! I am also so envious of your photography skills – you are really talented. So glad I discovered your blog and I will definitely be back soon to find more recipes like this one!

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