Every summer my grandma and my friend give me apples from their trees, so I make my own applesauce and use it in my baking year round. I wanted to develop a muffin recipe that was low in sugar and used a good amount of applesauce. Also, a recipe that was filling enough that the kids wouldn’t ask me for another snack after having eaten.
These muffins are made with oats and whole wheat flour, which will give energy and satisfy hunger. I like to use almond milk, however, to keep them school-safe, use dairy, soy, or oat milk instead.
What you need to know about these muffins
- My kids devoured these.
- They don’t contain sugar (maple syrup and applesauce sweeten them up)
- You don’t even have to use your mixer. A whisk or spoon will do.
- You can freeze them for lunches or snacks.
*These school-safe energy bites also make a great lunch box snack!
Meal Prep Tip
In my Meal Planning for Busy Families Online Course, I mention baking muffins while you eat dinner as a strategy to save time. You can pre-mix the dry and wet ingredients when you do your meal prep for the week, then combine them and pop them in the oven while you’re eating. By the time you’re finished eating, the muffins are ready. Bonus points if your oven is already pre-heating from having cooked dinner!
Other great muffin recipes
I usually stick to a rotation of about 3-4 different muffin recipes. They’re all shared on my Tried & True Pinterest Board. Our go-tos are the Healthy Banana Muffins (with chocolate chips!) and the Healthy Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (again, with chocolate chips.)
Double Batch Oatmeal Applesauce Muffins with Salted Caramel Chips
This low-sugar recipe is quick to whip up with a bowl and a spoon. No mixer required!
- 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 4 tbsp canola oil
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 bag Chipits Salted Caramel Chips can use butterscotch chips
Combine all wet ingredients.
Add dry ingredients, except salted caramel chips and stir until combined.
Add salted caramel chips.
Use a triggered ice cream scoop to dispense in muffin liners.
Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.