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
- 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
- ⅓ 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
- 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.