These healthy apple muffins are made with applesauce, no sugar but rather naturally sweetened with dates, contain generous amount of apples, Fall spices and heavenly cinnamon sugar topping in every bite. Super moist, fluffy and light. Nobody would ever guess these whole wheat apple muffins are healthy!
I made four batches of these muffins in the last two weeks just to make sure the recipe works with both spelt and whole wheat flours. I have a huge bag of sprouted spelt flour I got from Costco and it makes delicate and fluffy baked goods. Almost like all-purpose flour => life changing. Since then I tested it in healthy pumpkin muffins, carrot oatmeal muffins and healthy oat bran muffins.
Then I ran to the store and got some whole wheat flour to see if 100% whole wheat baked goods can be any good. In the past, I always mixed white and whole wheat flours but not from now on. These healthy apple muffins were spectacular!
I give big credit to a whole cup of my unsweetened organic applesauce. I say mine because I have this 6 feet tall apple tree in my 200 square feet backyard that produces tens of lbs of apples every year. By now, I seriously think I cooked a bathtub of applesauce and froze it in Ziploc sandwich bags. I do the same with beans too => how to cook dried beans.
To incorporate dates, you need to process them in a powerful blender or food processor along with all wet ingredients. Then gently mix with dry ingredients just enough to combine. No need to sift whole wheat flour.
Cinnamon sugar topping is optional but you want it, especially for kids’ lunch boxes. You can use coconut palm or brown sugar.
While baking these healthy apple muffins, my house smelled heavenly. I skipped lighting up my Bath & Body Works candle that day.
You can also try my healthy apple bread which is very similar.
Healthy Apple Muffins
Healthy Apple Muffins with applesauce, whole wheat flour and no sugar.
- Prep Time: 12 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 37 minutes
- Yield: 12 muffins 1x
- 1 cup applesauce, unsweetened
- 8 Medjool dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup avocado oil or coconut oil (melted)
- 2 eggs, large
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups whole wheat flour (I also recommend spelt flour)
- 2 tsp baking powder, aluminum free
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1/2 tsp salt
For the Muffins:
- 1 + 1/2 cup sweet apples, cored & finely chopped with skin on (I used Red Delicious)
- Cooking spray (I use Misto)
Cinnamon Sugar Topping (optional):
- 1 tbsp cane suagr
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray silicone muffin tin with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a powerful blender or food processor, add Wet Ingredients and process until smooth. Mainly look for all dates to be processed. Set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, add Cinnamon Sugar Topping ingredients and mix. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk to combine Dry Ingredients. Add Wet Ingredients from the blender into the bowl and gently mix just enough to combine. Do not over mix otherwise muffins won’t rise properly. Add chopped apples and give a few gentle stirs.
- Fill each tin 3/4 full with batter, sprinkle with Cinnamon Sugar Topping (I left some for sprinkling after baking) and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let muffins cool for about 30 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack to cool off completely.
Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
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