Applesauce Chia Muffins - a better way to start your day! Packed with protein from Greek yogurt and chia seeds, and deliciously apple spiced.

Applesauce Chia Muffins

Applesauce Chia Muffins – a better way to start your day! Packed with protein from Greek yogurt and chia seeds, and deliciously apple spiced. I still remember the first time my daughter tried solid food. Rice cereal. The timing coincided with my husband’s family’s visit,…

Applesauce Chia Muffins - a better way to start your day! Packed with protein from Greek yogurt and chia seeds, and deliciously apple spiced.
Applesauce Chia Muffins

Applesauce Chia Muffins – a better way to start your day! Packed with protein from Greek yogurt and chia seeds, and deliciously apple spiced.

Applesauce Chia Muffins - a better way to start your day! Packed with protein from Greek yogurt and chia seeds, and deliciously apple spiced.

I still remember the first time my daughter tried solid food. Rice cereal. The timing coincided with my husband’s family’s visit, and we had just returned from a road trip to Yosemite. My father-in-law held my daughter as I spooned little bits of rice cereal into her teeny mouth, her little tongue pushing most of it out. But with each offering, she caught a taste, and even a little swallow, and we couldn’t give her the food fast enough. My father-in-law was tickled pink and chuckled with delight, and we captured this moment on tape. We rewatched her baby video not too long ago, and to hear his voice and laugh was so comforting — I’m so glad he was there for that first in her life!

From that moment on, there were more foods to explore. Mashed avocado was next, which she loved. And applesauce. But it’s so interesting how their taste can change over time. Avocados and applesauce, which she once devoured with gusto are now not in favor. My son, on the other hand, still adores mashed avocado, especially in avocado milk. But for both of them, applesauce gets the thumbs down, so when I have some in the house, it’s strictly for baking.

They do agree on some things, after all!

Applesauce Chia Muffins - a better way to start your day! Packed with protein from Greek yogurt and chia seeds, and deliciously apple spiced.

Applesauce Chia Muffins - a better way to start your day! Packed with protein from Greek yogurt and chia seeds, and deliciously apple spiced.

There’s one more thing the kids agree on: muffins. And I have to admit, I’m with them on this one. Come weekend time, if I’m not making buttermilk pancakes, chances are I’m making some muffins.

Applesauce Chia Muffins - a better way to start your day! Packed with protein from Greek yogurt and chia seeds, and deliciously apple spiced.

These Applesauce Chia Muffins, however, are what I call a weekday muffin. Why? Well, weekend muffins tend to be a little indulgent, a little heavier, and even a little sweeter. But on weekdays, my kids can’t tolerate anything too sweet in the morning – their stomachs will actually protest, not a good thing when you’re headed for school.

So I made these muffins with Mondays in mind. They are packed with protein from greek yogurt and chia seeds, and the apple sauce lends its natural sweetness — I purposely cut down on the sugar but of course, you can change it to suit your tastes, if you wish!

Applesauce Chia Muffins - a better way to start your day! Packed with protein from Greek yogurt and chia seeds, and deliciously apple spiced.

Applesauce Chia Muffins - a better way to start your day! Packed with protein from Greek yogurt and chia seeds, and deliciously apple spiced.

As for the applesauce, well, yes, I did hear some moans and groans when they discovered it was in the muffins. “But I hate applesauce!” they whined. Until they took a bite. And then another. And asked for more.

Applesauce Chia Muffins - a better way to start your day! Packed with protein from Greek yogurt and chia seeds, and deliciously apple spiced.

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Applesauce Chia Muffins

1 dozen muffins | Prep: 12 minutes | Cook: 18 minutes

Applesauce Chia Muffins – a better way to start your day! Packed with protein from Greek yogurt and chia seeds, and deliciously apple spiced. These muffins are not too sweet, but can be adapted to your sweet tooth as necessary.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, to taste (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil, olive oil or unsalted butter
  • 1 cup applesauce (see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons demerara sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a muffin pan with liners, parchment paper, or lightly grease with coconut oil, olive oil or flour.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cloves.

In another small bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, melted coconut oil, applesauce, and vanilla until smooth. Mix in the Greek yogurt and chia seeds until blended. Stir in the egg mixture into the flour mixture and whisk until just combined. Do not overmix the batter, you want it to be lumpy.

Distribute the batter into the prepared muffin pan and sprinkle with the demerara sugar and cinnamon. Place in the oven and bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and place the muffins on a wire rack to cool before enjoying.

Notes

I used sweetened applesauce in this recipe and used less brown sugar than I normally would use in a muffin, but found the muffins sweet enough for our liking. If you use unsweetened applesauce, be sure to adjust your sugar accordingly. And if you prefer a sweeter muffin overall, then you may want to add an extra 1/4 cup of brown sugar to what I list here.

Adapted heavily from Applesauce Spice Muffins, Gourmet (November, 2003) via Epicurious.

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    • Liren Baker

      It has been cold, hasn’t it, Laura! I’m almost ready to move on to spring, but muffins in the morning do make it easier :)

  1. Victor Wiginton

    Exactly I was searching this item. I watched a cartoon show with my niece. Then I saw this
    Applesauce Chia Muffins. That time I loved it. After that, I was searching so much. From here, I got and I am very happy. Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic recipe!

    Reply
    • Liren Baker

      Don’t get me started on scones! Yes, between muffins and scones, we need more days in the weekend!

  2. sarah

    just made these. they taste great but i think something went wrong with my baking because they are great and crisp on top but the inside is kind of gooey and oily. maybe because my coconut oil hardened as i was trying to mix it because the kids kept getting up!
    will have to try again. tasty though.

    Reply
  3. Karina

    I just made these and they were amazing! So moist and tasty. I ended up chopping extra Macoun apples in it and putting it in, and they were great! Thank you for making me baking star of my office ;)

    Reply
  4. lenny face

    I made this last night and it’s delicious! I baked it in a cast iron pan and cooked it for 25minutes and I think it was about 5 minutes too long – but still delicious. Next time I think I will check on it in 20 minutes. Thanks so much for the recipe! The family loves it!!

    Reply
    • Liren Baker

      I’m so glad that your family loved the muffins! Such a great idea to bake it in a cast iron pan :)

  5. Haicam Yan

    I have made these 3 times and they always come out perfect. I used unsweetened applesauce and the half cup sugar and they are the perfect not overly sweet sweets! The chia gives them a great sponginess. Love all the healthy ingredients. Thanks!

    Reply
  6. D. Boda

    These look so delicious. I used unsweetened applesauce and the half cup sugar and they are the perfect not overly sweet sweets! The chia gives them a great sponginess.

    Reply
  7. cynthia kokitus

    These muffins sound wonderful. I want to lose weight but not crazy bout the pudding. I will try these today! Thank you

    Reply
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