Healthy Oats and Applesauce Muffins

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1. a person who invites me and all five of my children over for a summer playdate, politely diffuses the near disaster of a tipping swingset caused by three of my posterity coercing the teeter-totter swing to new heights, gently redirects my body-tackling toddler as she goes after her baby over and over and over, and even manages to serve muffins and milk all while pretending not to notice when four certain little male humans not belonging to her eat at least three muffins each.

2. or in other words, my-friend-that-I-hope-is-still-my-friend, Katie.

After totally demolishing her house and yard, the icing on the cake is that I couldn’t even leave until I groveled for this recipe, I was a bit jealous my boys were able to consume three when simple etiquette demanded I not ask for (or sneak) seconds or thirds.

Remember how I said these delectable muffiny treats may not be apropos for a playdate? Well, I couldn’t leave you hanging on a suitable option so here you go.

Healthy Oats and Applesauce Muffins

Not only are these applesauce muffins healthy but they are also moist and very delicious. Ok, so they may not be the prettiest muffins to look at it but do I really need to insert overstated cliches here? Looks aren’t everything, people.

After wrangling the recipe from Miss Katie, I’ve made double batch after double batch, freezing so I can pull them out for school lunches and random snacks. I love knowing that I can throw something this healthy into my kids’ lunches without requiring any prep time the night before. You know, because making a sandwich is, like, so hard. Thank you freezer. Thank you muffins that freeze well.

When I slap one of these delectable muffins in the kids’ lunchboxes with a string cheese, all-natural beef sticks, grapes and sometimes a few pretzel sticks, they are overjoyed and request it Monday through Friday. Of course, that wish is never granted. I mean, Cam the linebacker and I need something to snack on while we are home all day, right? Right.

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Healthy Applesauce Oat Muffins

Yield: Makes 12 muffins

Healthy Applesauce Oat Muffins

I always double this recipe because they freeze so well!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled/old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with liners or grease the muffin cups. Set aside..
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the oatmeal, applesauce, milk, egg, vanilla, butter and sugar. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt (and cranberries or raisins if using). Make a well in the center and pour in the applesauce mixture. Stir until just combined (don't overmix or the muffins will be dense and dry). The muffin batter texture might be a bit different (wetter?) than other muffin batters but no fear, carry on!
  4. Distribute the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Don't overbake or the muffins will be dry.
  5. Remove the muffins to a rack to cool completely. Once cool, I place 6-9 muffins in a large freezer ziploc bag, suck all the air out (oh yes I do) and seal the bag, then freeze, pulling them out one by one to stick in my kids lunches or warm slightly for a snack.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/healthy-oats-and-applesauce-muffins/
Recipe Source: adapted very, very slightly from my friend, Katie K. (added a pinch of salt)

164 Responses to Healthy Applesauce Oat Muffins

  1. Kim in MD says:

    You crack me up, Mel! These sound amazing. The fact that they are healthy is a nice bonus! Yeah for Katie!

  2. kandi v says:

    Can’t wait to make these! BTW, where do you purchase your beef sticks? My kiddos would love them!

  3. Teresa R. says:

    We often make your baked oatmeal with unsweetened applesauce. These muffins remind me of that recipe. I have all the ingredients, so I’ll be making these muffins today!

  4. Sheila says:

    Mel, starting off the day with you is so much fun and brings laughter on first thing in the morning! I sincerely hope Brian realizes how blessed he is to have you. Thank you so much for passing on these healthier muffin recipe. You truly are the best!!

  5. I love everything you make, seriously I love that you are cooking and baking with ingredients that I love and that you make things that are healthier and tasty at the same time. Thanks for all you!

  6. I think I have everything to make these. I won’t tell anyone that they are healthy though! :)

  7. JB says:

    LOL! I thought I was the only person on the face of the earth that “sucked the air out” of a ziplock back when it was headed for the freezer! ……and I’ve certainly never told anyone that I do that! Can’t wait to make the muffins for breakfast.

  8. I could use some more healthy foods in my diet. I’m pretty sure I could get my whole family to eat these too. We’re a bunch of applesauce fans around here. Looking forward to trying.

  9. Amber says:

    These look so fun! I’ll have to make a batch…. quick question… my 8 year old son would love it if I packed a beef stick in his lunch, but don’t know where to begin looking for the “all natural” variety you’re speaking of… where can I find some of those? Do you have a favorite brand?

  10. Ellen says:

    Mel, just a clarification, in your recipe you are talking about 1 cup cooked oatmeal? Not 1 cup of simple uncooked rolled oats?

  11. Yummy! Making these soon!
    I want to second the last comment. Your blog is seriously amazing and I love everything you make! I think I pin every last recipe of yours! Keep up the good work :)

  12. Abbie says:

    I will absolutely be making these!!! I love your recipes so much. I made the confetti chicken with cheddar biscuit topping last night for supper and everyone had seconds. Also, on the weekend I used up the last of your refrigerator bran muffins and had some zucchini that I had to use up, so I threw that in the muffin mix with some cinnamon. Well, they took the already delicious bran muffins to a new level!!! Thanks again

  13. Wendi Bohn says:

    Thanks for all the great recipes. I have been making dinner from your recipes for the last 8 days and am so grateful to have some variety for my family! We had smothered pork chops last night and tonight is greek tacos!

  14. heather bell says:

    You read my mind sister. I have two gigando boxes of apples picked fresh. I am from Las Vegas living in Iowa. My first fall figuring all this out. Can’t wait to try this! Thanks
    bellesbazaar-heather.blogspot.com

  15. LOVE applesauce in baked goods!! Will definitely be trying these :)

  16. Alisha says:

    We love muffins around here. Its our Sunday morning tradition, turned occasional treat now that I’m the Primary President and ward council has turned into a weekly endevour. These sound good for lunches, but I had to comment to say that sandwiches freeze great too. With 6 children, I am always looking for ways to ease our busy school mornings. We make 4-6 loaves of sandwiches at a time and freeze them. I wrap them in sandwich bags and then put 8 sandwiches in a labeled freezer bag. PB&J, PB&Honey, Tuna, Ham … they all freeze and thaw beautifully.

  17. Shauna says:

    It is cold here this morning so I thought I would attempt to bake something to warm up our house and logged on to your site to look through your muffin recipes. So excited to see muffins first thing! :) Do you know about how long I would bake these if I used a mini muffin tin??
    Oh, and my husband helped with dinner last night and attempted your french bread recipe. He was thrilled that he made it all on his own and it turned out wonderful! Thanks for your awesome site!!

  18. tahnycooks says:

    Sounds like we all could use a friend like Katie!! These would be perfect for the mornings that we are running out the door!

  19. rachelle says:

    Hi, I love all your recipes.. but im sorry to say this one is just ok. It just tastes like your eating oatmeal in a muffin form. My kids actually didnt like them very much either.. I was really excited about these since we loved muffins. Oh well like i said just wasnt our favourite.

    • Mel says:

      Hi Rachelle, I’m sorry you didn’t like these. Everyone’s taste buds are different. They are definitely very hearty and healthy tasting…but yummy for us. My friend Katie had a little streusel on the top, a bit of butter, oats and brown sugar. Perhaps a sprinkling of that on top would sweeten them up a bit. I make them without the streusel but they were tasty with as well.

  20. Jessica F. says:

    I’ve got these baking in the oven now and they smell heavenly! Can’t wait for the kids to try them after school and naps!

  21. Erin says:

    I made these today and they are delicious! My kids just got home from school and are loving them!! Thanks for all the yummy recipes. I also have 4 boys:)

  22. Heather says:

    OMG! These were so good. My kids just ate them up. All I can say is thank you for telling me to double the recipe. I was making these for breakfast in the morning and they are almost all gone and daddy has not even gotten home from work yet:)

    Thank you for all you do! We love your website. You do make me laugh and when I see something new from you I can’t wait to try it. I was so glad I had all these ingred. on hand and made these today. You have the best recipes.

  23. susan says:

    I made these this afternoon for my 3 boys :-) and used 1/2c applesauce and 1/2c pumpkin puree (because I had some in the fridge to use up). I also squeezed about a tbsp of honey in as well since the pumpkin is not as sweet as applesauce. they are baking now and smell delicious, thank you for your wonderful recipes!!

  24. Michelle says:

    These muffins are amazing!! My 4 year old son loves them!! Thank you so much! Your website is the best! Your recipes are amazing!! Thank you for taking time to post so many wonderful family friendly recipes!!

  25. Morgan L says:

    I love your blog, Mel!! This recipe saved my life for snack time after school today! Delicious muffins! Please don’t ever stop cooking & blogging:)

  26. susan says:

    and they are delicious! my boys love them! they stuck to the muffin papers so will just use the muffin tin next time. And I will double the recipe next time too!

  27. Alyssa O says:

    Just made these and I love them! Thanks for the yummy, easy recipe. Can’t wait to see if my kids like them now too. I’m hoping they can be a PB&J substitute in lunches. :)

  28. Theresa T. says:

    I just made these and I think they’re amazing. I did increase the sugar to 1/2 cup and the vanilla came out a wee bit fast, and that’s how I plan to make them next time also.

  29. Jessica says:

    Rachelle should try using oat flour – blending the oats up first and see if that helps the texture. I do that in my zucchini muffin recipe and its delish. :) gotta try these. I have a similar recipe that has Greek yogurt and buttermilk too. Yum! Love oatmeal!!

  30. Lillie says:

    Say more about beef sticks! I want the whole package!

    • Mel says:

      Ok, for all of you who asked about the beef sticks (who knew that would be such a popular topic today?)…here’s the deal…the all-natural ones are hard to come by but I stock up on them everytime I see them and throw them in my freezer. I’ve found some stores that carry them (Woodman’s in my old stomping grounds of Green Bay, WI) and surprisingly I’ve found them on occasion at Walmart. Any time I go into any grocery store, I look for beef sticks without sodium nitrite or nitrate (scary stuff which I avoid at all costs). When I don’t have them, I substitute by rolling up nitrite-free salami and putting that in my kids’ lunches (Hormel has a nitrite-free brand and the Walmart nearest me – several hours – carries it). Here’s an online resource I’ve used a time or two, also: http://www.grasslandbeef.com/Detail.bok?no=845
      At first glance, the prices seems high but I’ve found that good quality beef products like this are not hot-dog-cheap (and it’s not an everyday thing for us to eat – once a week or less). Hope that helps a bit!

  31. marybeth says:

    Can’t wait to try these! Do you think I can make them with chopped apples or must I use applesauce?

  32. These are the perfect snack for my nephew’s lunchbox! Keep em coming Mel! There isn’t a single recipe on here that I have not wanted to try!

  33. haha, this post made me laugh, I can imagine the whole scene! And I’m trying out those muffins!

  34. Amy says:

    I am an apron wearer! I started wearing them for practical purposes–I am a seriously messy cook. (God bless my husband who cleans up afterwards.) Now, I like wearing aprons. Somehow I feel both more feminine and more like I’m doing something special here (i.e. I’m being a rockstar) when I put one on. I bought my first apron in the Amana colonies on a first anniversary trip 11 years ago so it high time I replace it and wouldn’t you know…I have a chance to win a really fun one.

  35. Sarah G says:

    Could I assume -before baking these- that if I use my homemade applesauce, which I add some sweetener to, would be an equivalent to the no-sugar applesauce and sugar content in the recipe?

    I’m going to give it a try. I’ll tell you how it tastes.

  36. Victoria says:

    I stopped by your blog yesterday in search of a good, healthy breakfast-on-the-go option, and was so excited to see this recipe! I had everything on hand at home and made them last night. However, (total pregnancy brain), I left the melted butter in the microwave and forgot to add to the recipe. The entire 15-20 minutes of bake time I was practically in tears over my misstep (again, pregnancy)… but, miraculously, I have to say – the muffins are delicious! totally moist and flavorful. and, I guess, even healthier because they don’t have any butter!?? (although, in full disclosure, I put dark chocolate chips in 1/3 of them… because it just sounded good. but I promise that even the plain muffins – minus butter – are delish!) thanks again!!

  37. Sarah G says:

    Just made these, still hot from the oven when I tasted. Either I’m really hungry and wouldn’t be a discerning palate for anything or these turned out delicious! (Kidding about the undiscerning palate.)

    I made a variety…sprinkled brown sugar over the tops on one row, cranberries poked into another row, drizzled honey in another row and plain on the last row. I tried the cranberry row with pure delight and satisfaction.

    I had a question of the sweetened applesauce and no sugar that I no longer see in the comments. My answer, found myself, is that I used a semi-sweetened homemade applesauce (knowing how little sugar I used when I canned it) with a sprinkle of added sugar – maybe 2 TBSP and was perfect!

    Thanks to Katie for sharing and you, Mel, for the testing and publishing.

    • Mel says:

      Hi Sarah – if you are using sweetened applesauce, you’ll probably just have to experiment with the other sugar amount. Without knowing how much sugar is in the applesauce, it’s hard to say whether or not you would want to include a bit of sugar, too, but it sounds like you were able to make it work. Thanks for including your variations!

  38. Jessica F. says:

    Following up after my comment yesterday…less than 24 hours later the entire batch is GONE! My 8 year-old even brought one in for her teacher today because she thought she’d like it!

    One question…have you ever tried making these with honey or something besides sugar? I’m slowly trying to cut out processed foods here and there in our diet. Thank you!

  39. Leslie says:

    These muffins are delish! Thanks Mel. Yesterday I was up early — about 4:30 — and checked your site before starting breakfast for out-of-town guests. I had all the ingredients for these muffins and whipped them up as a last-minute addition. They were a great hit — warm from the oven and so yummy! Thanks. I never have to worry about trying your recipes on a whim. You are my go-to gal for everything re: cooking and baking. Thanks again.

    Oh, and my guests were leaving right after breakfast, so I bagged the left-overs for their trip. You helped me be a gracious hostess . . . hugs to you.

    Leslie

  40. Leslie says:

    Oh, by the way, Sarah G asked about using homemade applesauce in the recipe. I used my canned applesauce which had a little sugar and didn’t decrease the sugar in the recipe at all. Thought about it — but decided to follow the recipe. The muffins were not overly sweet — my applesauce has only a little sugar compared to store-bought brands, so that probably helped. Love the comments — makes me feel like I’m listening to friends. Hope others try this muffin.

  41. Jen Kelley says:

    I made these last night, my family ate them for breakfast, and my 5 children & husband got some in their lunches. They are perfect for a not too sweet snack. Also, I showed my very picky 4 year old son your boys’ pictures. Now when he complains about something new I’m making I tell him Mel’s boys love it, they always ask for seconds, it’s their favorite, etc. So far, he’s eaten beef stroganoff, skillet lasagna, chicken and the beef/bean burritos, and about 6 other recipes from your list. Thanks for the great meals!

  42. Mandy Bergstrom says:

    Yummy! Just pulled a batch out of the oven . . . my toddler is on his second muffin as I type(: This is now my favorite muffin recipe.

  43. Tracey says:

    Just made these and my kids and I have already gobbled up many of them! Unfortunately it’s almost dinner time, so hopefully they’ll still eat their dinner! :D Another win, win from your site! Thanks again, we will definitely be making these over and over again!

  44. Leslie A says:

    Absolutely loved these muffins, Mel. I made some homemade applesauce with the apples that were dying in my fridge and added extra cinnamon, but otherwise stayed true to the recipe and they were GREAT. Healthy without tasting super healthy, which means my husband ate one too.

    They inspired me to comment on your site, which has provided this first-time-stay at home-mom with some seriously wonderful recipes. Yesterday was a “Mel-filled” day here, as I made these muffins and your recipe for sweet mustard chicken. Both were hits!

    Thank you so much for posting so many awesome real-food recipes!

  45. Tracey says:

    Do you think quick oats would work in this? I just made these yesterday and love them, but the oats are a little chewy at times. I’m thinking quick oats would just give it a little less chunky texture and more even distribution. Do you think I would measure them the same, or do a little less of the quick oats?

    • Mel says:

      Tracey – I think you could definitely play around with using quick oats instead of old-fashioned oats. I’d probably do a little less quick oats – due to their shape, they’ll add more volume to a cup then old-fashioned oats and too much dry ingredients can cause the muffins to be dry. Good luck!

  46. Melanie says:

    I made these and thought they were ok. We love your recipes but this one wasn’t one of our favs. The muffins stuck to the paper so we were digging them out of the wrappers. I think a strussel on the top might help.

  47. Chelsea says:

    Just made these and they were delish! Thanks Mel!

  48. Shelley says:

    Love love love em! I made them this afternoon. The girls (3.5yrs and 7) loved them too. Super moist and so tastey!

  49. Becky says:

    I thought these were good the first day, but they were AWESOME on the second day! I don’t usually find that to be the case with muffins, so I was pleasantly surprised!

  50. Ciara says:

    Thanks for another great recipe Mel! My kiddos and I whipped these up this morning and had them with lunch. They were great! I am definitely making a double batch soon for my freezer.

    All I had on hand were quick oats so that is what we used. I used the same amount listed in the recipe and they were perfect. My batter wasn’t too wet looking so I was concerned at first, but they baked up beautifully.

  51. Jennifer says:

    Made this today for an after school snack and they were devoured. Thankfully I heeded your advice and made a double batch. Thanks for another winner recipe!

  52. Frank Miller says:

    Mel, Do you know the calorie count per muffin? I made these for my wife and she loves them , but would like to know how many calories per muffin. Thank You for a great recipe.

    • Mel says:

      Hi Frank – so glad your wife loves these muffins! Unfortunately I don’t keep track of the nutritional facts on my recipes but I know there are several free calorie calculators you can use online (you can google to find them). Good luck!

  53. caitlyn says:

    I just made these today with my toddler, and they were delicious! This recipe is a total winner! I just wish I had taken your advice about doubling the batch – I’ll have to make more very soon. Thank you so much!

  54. Susan says:

    Just adding another positive review. I was expecting a so-so muffin (being healthy and all, you know :), but they were delightful — light, tasty and yummy. Thanks!

  55. Sheila says:

    I just pulled these muffins out of the oven. Tasty, moist and delicious!

  56. Teresa says:

    Hi Mel, I didn’t see this asked yet in the comments…do you think I could sub canola oil in for the butter/coconut oil? These are on my make list for today!!! Thanks.

  57. Ruth says:

    Made these this morning. Shared with a friend. I’ve already received an email from her requesting the recipe. I did substitute brown sugar for the white sugar called for in the recipe. Also, I used toasted pecans in place of the raisins/crasins. I think the response to these has been so good b/c most of us want healthy food that taste great. Thankyou, Mel.

  58. Bri says:

    I have died and gone to heaven Mel. I thought these would be good, but these are WAY better than expected! Don’t tell, but I’m sitting here eating my THIRD muffin, and I pulled them out of the oven a half hour ago. I will not feel guilty giving these to my kids as snacks. Pretty low flour content, pretty low sugar, and just pure deliciousness! The only thing I did differently was add a granny smith apple to the wet ingredients. I really think that made them even more tasty! There are bites of sweet apples along with the craisins throughout which makes them just over the top. Hopefully there will be some left before my son wakes up from his nap, or he will not be a happy camper. Excuse me while I go and get my fourth…hehehe.

  59. Bri says:

    P.S. your description cracked me up! And it’s nice to be back Mel. I took a long break (pregnancy/newborn…can’t really use that excuse anymore though cause she is 16 months…). I’m coming back strong and have made lots of your recipes lately! Up tonight…curry coconut meatballs! I’ve missed your humor!

  60. Bri says:

    P.P.S. do you have a favorite muffin tin pan? I only have one, and need to buy another because I need to double this recipe next time, and who wants to wash and reuse a tin for the second batch?

  61. Lisa says:

    First let me say thanks for your inspiring recipes and your sense of humor that make your website fun as well as informative! I made a double batch of these with a few modifications: I added 2 heaping tablespoons of ground flax seeds to the batter for the health benefits and used Truvia Baking Blend (for anyone who isn’t familiar, this is a sugar and stevia based natural sweeter blend that is low in calories). My daughter did not want cranberries, so I omitted them from the batter for half of the muffins and added cranberries with chopped walnuts to the other half. I feel the basic recipe lacks flavor without the addition of the dried cranberries, but we do LOVE the muffins with the fruit and nut combo. I am looking forward to trying to make a vegan version as well using Earth Balance in place of the butter and soy or almond milk instead of cow’s milk for a vegan family member (I was out of those items and couldn’t wait to try the recipe! ) :) Thanks for a dense, moist muffin recipe that can be very versatile, depending on what additions we may be in the mood for!

  62. Lisa says:

    For Melanie….just saw your post and wanted to tell you…I have had trouble with muffins sticking to the papers in the past too. I found Reynolds Brand muffin cups with pretty paper exteriors that don’t fade when batter bakes in them, but the Best part is the foil lining. They never stick! They are pricier, but to me, totally worth it! Hope this helps!

  63. Heidi says:

    Just made these this morning for breakfast, the whole family greedily gobbled them up! Definitely making it into our breakfast rotation. The changes I made, add some banana in with the wet ingredients and slightly reducing the applesauce to compensate. Next time I will add some crushed pineapple as well :) Thanks for another great recipe!

  64. Lisa says:

    These muffins are so delicious!! I substituted oat bran for the flour since my husband is gluten-intolerant. Also added craisins and chopped apples. My kids and husband both loved these muffins. Thank you Mel!

  65. Laura Tenney says:

    I really enjoyed these! Instead of using the butter, I used extra virgin olive oil. It worked well! My husband is excited about a healthy alternative to use for his lunch. Thanks!

  66. Erika says:

    Mel, these were SO good! In fact, crazy but I made these along with your not so healthy pretzel choc chip muffins & would you believe both me & my kids preferred these healthy ones to the other ones! Now it could have been that I baked these ones to the perfect moistness & I think my pretzel ones got a little over done so not as moist but to me the flavor of these beats out the pretzel ones too! Another funny is that we had lots of pretzel streusel leftover so I sprinkled some of it on these apple muffins & that made them even better! Thank you for such a healthy, easy & yummy muffin recipe!!

  67. Kristin says:

    I am also in awe of Katie and how she manages to stay so calm and collected when she is hosting my kids. Her muffins are great too! Love your blog!

  68. Michelle says:

    These turned out awesome! I did them in my cake pop maker (they’re for my nearly 2 year old daughter’s breakfast – gotta make them fun!), and they turned out fantastic!
    I used more cinnamon, and used coconut oil – super tasty!

  69. Julia says:

    I don’t usually make muffins for breakfast because of the normally high sugar content but I served these without feeling like I was sugaring up the kids before school. We loved them, especially my 2yo daughter. I liked the hearty texture but they would be even better with some pecans or chopped apples to make them more interesting. I’m going to try that next time. Thanks for the yummy muffin recipe!

  70. NicoleH says:

    Hi Mel! I recently inherited lots of apples from my mom who bought a couple bushels for bottling, so I made some homemade applesauce for these muffins. SO good! I ate one, then ended up giving some away to three of my neighbors before putting them in the freezer for later. Thanks for another great recipe! Oh, and I laughed when I read about “Cam the linebacker.” Haha. I just laughed again while writing this. She is a doll!

  71. Army of 7 says:

    These are delightful :) My kids aren’t big muffin eaters, so I don’t usually stray from my “usual”. But since I had some homemade applesauce on hand I decided to give them a shot. I doubled the recipe except for the coconut oil- keeping that at 4 T. Also I made mini muffins because my kids will eat 10x’s more mini muffins than regular. We ate the half the batch immediately, so I had to quickly get some into the freezer as planned. Thank you for the healthier than normal recipes! I love making guilt free treats for my family. Mel, you are a life saver :)

  72. Kaylee L says:

    hey this recipe looks really cool and especially for a snack for after school ( im a teenager:) ! I might get my mom to make these for me and my four brothers and my sister. Thanks for the recipe:))

  73. Dottie says:

    LOVED these! Always on the hunt for healthy muffins and these were so yummy, not dry at all! :)

  74. Susan says:

    Just wanted to thank you for posting this recipe, I have made 2 double batches within the last week. My family and friends love them. Thanks so much. OH and I made both regular and mini sizes with no problems. I bake my mini’s for about 12 min.

  75. Made these muffins today. Used quick oats because that’s what I had on hand. Baked 15 min. and they turned out moist and yummy! Soo easy using what you probably have already. Will definitely make again!

  76. Danielle H. says:

    I’ve made double batches of these twice in the last three weeks. They are so yummy and they keep so well. Took them on a road trip last week and they were as delicious on day 3 as they were when they came out of the oven. I’ve been trying to make more nutritious breakfasts, and these totally fit the bill. Thanks!

  77. Ada says:

    While I knew these would be good (how can you go wrong with oats and applesauce?!), I didn’t expect them to be the “blow your socks off amazing” that they are. After my spouse took his first bite, he declared, “These are amazing! Can you make 100 of them?” I haven’t made 100, but have made three batches to date. I bring lunch to work, I love being able to reach into the freezer each morning to pull out a couple to throw in my lunch bag.

  78. sujoomama says:

    Delicious!!!! Made them this morning…..so easy…I ate two as soon as they came out of the oven! They ARE healthy, right, so it’s okay. I definitely should have made another batch! They are so moist and flavorful. This is a winner and is being printed and kept in my ‘Queen of the Kitchen’ Recipe Binder! :) Thanks Mel!!!!

  79. Andrea Y. says:

    Dear Mel:
    Thanks so much for this recipe – they are moist, delicious and sweet without a lot of sugar – my husband loves them and he usually doesn’t like anything healthy – might have to make another batch right away – i can tell these will be gone by morning!

  80. Liann says:

    These are in my oven now – for the third time since you posted the recipe. My kids seem to think they’re just “okay”, but I love them, so I guess that just means more for me! They make a great breakfast or snack along with a Greek yogurt. This time I’ve decided to try using one less tablespoon of coconut oil, so we’ll see how it turns out. Thanks for the recipe!

  81. Arlene says:

    Here’s a surprising discovery I wanted to share: I baked these muffins this morning with one accidental alteration (I forgot to add the margarine I had melted in my microwave … in lieu of butter or coconut oil), and two intentional changes: buttermilk (instead of milk) and in a jumbo muffin pan. Cooking time was about 45-50 minutes, but the result was sweet and deliciously moist.

  82. Haverlee says:

    I just tasted these fresh out of the oven and Oh. My. Yum. I used coconut oil and happened to have some homemade applesauce, which probably helped. This is going to the top of my favorite muffin recipes for sure! So excited to have this recipe!

  83. Barbie says:

    yay thanks for the recipe! I just pulled them out of the oven and couldn’t wait to taste one. DELISH. I used fresh kind of chunky applesauce. Next time I am going to add a bit of ginger, because i love ginger and am kind of addicted to tweaking recipes, and I tell you this is like having a healthy apple pie!

  84. Katie says:

    My son has an egg allergy. What would you substitute for it? I know applesauce is a good substitute for egg. Should I just increase the applesauce? I don’t make muffins often, so I don’t know what would be best. Thanks!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Katie – I haven’t tried it without the egg but upping the applesauce is a good idea. I’ve also seen an egg substitution that uses flax seed. You might try googling that. My friend’s kids have egg allergies and she uses the flax one all the time.

  85. Shashi Nayak says:

    Hi Mel – Can I use quick cooking oats instead of old fashioned oats? Thank you for the recipe and I will make it once I hear from you.

    • Mel says:

      Hi Shashi – the quick cooking oats will absorb more liquid so I can see the muffins being slightly more dense so I would recommend old-fashioned if you can. You might read through the comments, also, because I think a few people might have commented about their experience with quick cooking oats.

  86. Tracey says:

    Just as an FYI, I have made these both ways…with rolled oats and with quick oats. I used 3/4 cup quick oats instead of the 1 cup rolled oats and they turned out fantastic! I actually prefer them this way. :)

  87. Chelsea says:

    These were wonderful! All 12 were gone within the first day…I will have to hide them from the boys next time…
    I am wanting to experiment with using Pumpkin puree instead of applesauce. Do you think the texture would match up enough?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Chelsea – definitely worth a try! I haven’t subbed in pumpkin so I’m not sure; you’d have to experiment. I’d probably leave a bit of the applesauce in to help with moisture.

  88. Tanya says:

    Loved these! Next time I’m going to use chunky applesauce and some chopped walnuts. Thanks for the recipe and all the other wonderfully yummy recipes you give. (Just made your sweet & sour chicken for the millionth time last night!)

  89. Kristin says:

    I just went through your “best of” list last night and made these for my kids’ breakfast. They were so good and moist and not too sweet. I only had half the needed milk (I doubled the batch), so I added an extra egg and added some pumpkin puree. I also omitted raisins, because suddenly my kids detest them, and added fresh strawberries instead. Thanks for your blog!

  90. Krista says:

    Mel,
    We love these muffins! my 4 and 1 year old gobble them up every time I make them. My 4 year old doesn’t like raisins, so this morning I chopped up an apple and added that instead of raisins. They were fabulous!!! Thanks for all the great recipes!!

  91. kb says:

    Amazing! I had some apples to get rid of so cooked them down to try these. Perfect recipe. Thanks so much for the post.

  92. April says:

    OMG. Best muffins I’ve ever had in my entire life!!!!!! My kids are allergic to milk, so I used almond milk, and coconut oil for the butter. Wowza!

  93. Carolyn says:

    Hi! I made these tonight. I just traded out the whole wheat flour for GF oat flour to make them gluten free. They are delicious!! I also added 1 T. of nutmeg. Thanks for this great recipe. These are going into the regular rotation.

  94. Caitlyn says:

    Thanks for the great recipe! My 21mo and I just made these, he’s chomping down on one as I type. I’ll definitely be keeping a stash in the freezer for his snacks.

  95. Erica says:

    I made these without the cinnamon and added fresh blueberries and raspberries. They were great.

  96. ava says:

    Made these with 1/2 cup white flour and the rest whole wheat. They turned out great. Glad I doubled the recipe.
    Thanks!

  97. Clare says:

    Hi, this recipe sounds too good to be true! I have one question though before I start baking up a storm. Is the butter or the coconut oil melted? Or do they both have to be melted?

  98. Kit says:

    These. Are. Amazing. I added coconut and hemp seeds as a topping, and they tasted great!

  99. Roberta says:

    These muffins are wonderful. I made them again today and forgot the butter/oil. Guess what? Still wonderful!

  100. Carolyn says:

    These muffins are delicious!! I made them gluten free by using oat flour instead of wheat flour. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. They have been added to my regular rotation!

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