Healthy Applesauce Oat Muffins

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I find it super hard to show up to a playdate (either by hosting or visiting) empty handed. It’s often difficult to navigate different preferences and food intolerances, but I still love finding healthy snacks to bulk bake and pull out for the get togethers where both the kids and appetites are plentiful. These applesauce oat muffins have been a hit in our home since my oldest was just a little bub starting with baby led weaning, and we still make them regularly. They also freeze wonderfully! Here is my recipe:

Healthy Applesauce Oat Muffins

A quick, easy, and healthy lunch box (or home) snack! Recipe can be doubled or tripled and freezes really well.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings 24 mini muffins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup milk (can substitute with almond milk, no problem)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsps coconut oil
  • cup honey OR agave nectar OR syrup (don't give children under age 1 honey - and use agave if you want to make these vegan)
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour (white flour is fine too)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsps ground cinnamon (apple pie spice is delicious too)
  • 2 tbsps ground flaxseed
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup finely diced apples

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 24 mini muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray (or use liners, we prefer #nowaste). Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, applesauce, milk, egg, vanilla, butter and sugar.
  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and diced apples.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the applesauce mixture. Stir just until combined (don't overmix or they'll get super dense and thick)
  • Spoon the batter evenly into the muffin cups. Bake for 13 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Don't over-bake or the muffins will be dry. Remove them to a cooling rack. Cool completely before freezing in a ziplock freezer bag.

Notes

Recipe doubles and triples easily. Freeze in parchment lined containers, and in between the layers. 
Keyword bento box snack, dessert, muffins, sweets

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