Cinnamon Applesauce Oat Muffins


Winter storms apparently bring out the best in my baking… because these are a real winner!


Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins


During our “snow week” last week, I started experimenting with some healthy breakfast muffins and fell in LOVE with this recipe. I have a weakness for breakfast pastries— muffins, donuts, scones, you name it— but I usually hate the ingredients that these treats are packed with. I want the taste of a muffin, but I don’t want the sugar crash after I eat one. Basically I want the best of both worlds. And I think I found it! Just look at the ingredient list: oats, whole wheat flour, applesauce, coconut oil, brown sugar— simple, whole ingredients that make for a hearty, healthy, flavorful muffin!


Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins

Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins


To make sure it wasn’t just my tastebuds loving them (and my boyfriend’s, of course, but he basically devours everything under the sun 😉 ), I tried making these again with my friend in DC to see if they were a hit. As soon as we popped them into the oven, the aroma of cinnamon started filling the kitchen. Once they were finally done and {partially} cooled, we busted into them and both adored them! They’re soft, but still hearty, perfectly sweet and topped with a delicious oaty crumble. Best part— they’re healthy enough to eat for breakfast, without making you feel like you need a nap directly after! 

Hope you like them as much as we did!


Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins

Cinnamon Applesauce Oat Muffins

Serves 12-15
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Dietary Vegan
Meal type Breakfast, Snack


  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup white flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 1 heaping tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup milk of choice
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

for the streusel

  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ cup quick oats
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon


Step 1
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease a muffin tin or fill with muffin liners.
Step 2
Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl: oatmeal, flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
Step 3
In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients: milk, applesauce, vanilla, and coconut oil. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and stir until combined. Fill the muffin liners with the batter until they are about ¾ of the way full.
Step 4
In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the streusel. Evenly divide the streusel over the batter. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a fork comes out clean. Cool for 5-10 minutes, if you can wait that long!


Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!


    • Ummm, that’s so cool! I love the idea of using peanut butter with a mystery ingredient because, who are we kidding, it goes good with basically anything 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing the link Ellie! And glad you like the muffins!

  1. My vegan daughter loved your muffins and she couldn’t believe that they were healthy and nutritious (I had to show her the reciepe). I substituted 1/2 cup of protein powder for some of the flour and they still came out great!

  2. I know that sometimes I find recipes that look awesome but then wonder if they are REALLY that delicious. These ARE people! My youngest son has tons of food allergies, but he can eat these and loves them. I’ve made them three or four times since finding this recipe about a month ago. A little labor intensive (compared to some other recipes I have where everything goes in one bowl) but I just made a double batch so I could freeze half so no dirty dishes for a little while. Thanks, Liz!

    • Thank you SO much for your comment Laura! I’m so glad that you and your son love them 🙂 Made my day!

  3. These are delicious and easy. We aren’t vegan but didn’t have any eggs on hand so this recipe was perfect. Will make again and probably add some nuts next time for protein and maybe chopped apple.

    • Love that idea of adding nuts and chopped apple! So glad you liked them 🙂

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