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Healthy Apple Muffins

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Olena Osipov
5 from 5 votes

These healthy apple muffins are made with applesauce, no sugar but rather naturally sweetened with dates, contain a 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!

Love apple desserts? Then you’ll probably love this healthy apple bread and apple oatmeal bars, too!

Healthy Apple Muffins

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.

sprouted spelt flour in bag and in measuring cup

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.

This also means that applesauce has become a key ingredient in tons of my bakes like healthy coffee cake, chocolate muffins, gingerbread loaf, almond flour waffles, chocolate zucchini bread, and more. In fact, I have a whole list of recipes containing applesauce!

I don’t just use apples for desserts either. I also love dishes like braised cabbage with apple and this quinoa, apple, walnut, and kale salad!

Healthy Apple Muffins

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.

wet ingredients in blender; diced apples

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.

Healthy Apple Muffins

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Healthy Apple Muffins

Healthy Apple Muffins

Healthy Apple Muffins with applesauce, whole wheat flour and no sugar.
5 from 5 votes
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Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 187kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

Wet Ingredients:

  • 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

Dry Ingredients:

  • 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:

  • 1.5 cups sweet apples cored & finely chopped with skin on (I used Red Delicious)
  • Cooking spray I use Misto

Cinnamon Sugar Topping (optional):

  • 1 tbsp cane sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • 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.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 78IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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      1. Everything is eye balled.:) Apples are cleaned, cored, seeded and cut into big chunks. I do not peel them. Add to a large pot and add just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook until soft on low heat. All you have to do is cook apples soft. Puree with immersion blender. Cool and pack into sandwich bags, freeze. That’s it. I will post detailed process recipe in a few weeks.

    1. 5 stars
      I was looking for a date- and fruit-sweetened muffin recipe for my 8 month old daughter, and I’m so happy with the way these turned out. I substituted half of the whole wheat flour with spelt, and they were wonderful. Subtly sweet, wholesome and she just loves them (I also think they’re delicious!) Thank you so much for this recipe–it will definitely remain in our repertoire!

    2. 5 stars
      Just made these last night with a few minor adjustments and LOVED them! We veganized them by using flax eggs rather than the real eggs, the earthy elements in the base recipe worked very well with the flax eggs. We also cut the dates from 8 down to 2 and skipped the topping completely. It came out more than sweet enough for my crowd with those reductions.

    3. I made these and they were soo delicious! My whole family loved them. Thanks so much for the awesome recipe, I will definitely make these again!!

    4. Such a simple recipe and I can’t wait to try it. I love dates, but don’t remember ever using them in baked goods. I’m pretty curious to try these all wheat flour muffins (until now I’ve always mixed whole wheat with white,because I’ve seen suggestions to do so in many other recipes). They look amazing!

      1. Yeah, I have been following that recommendation until I bought spelt flour. Then the light went off and I think I will be baking only with whole wheat flour now. I mean quick breads for sure. And with applesauce. I think baking soda really activates it therefore such a fluffy result.

    5. I’ve been sweetening a lot of things solely with dates lately too. Such a magical little fruit. These muffins look comforting. I can smell them through the screen! I have applesauce on the stove today- love the smell! Reminds me of being a kid- my mom always made homemade applesauce.

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