Healthy Muffin File: Oatmeal Applesauce Muffins

by Elissa

I have written before about my quest for the perfect healthy muffin. While I love the morning glory muffins from my earlier post, they are a bit of a project. The other day I wanted to see if I could come up with a not-too-decadent option using ingredients that are easier to prepare. I adapted this recipe for oatmeal applesauce bread from King Arthur Flour and was pretty delighted with the results. 

They are excellent with cream cheese. I always freeze the leftover muffins; after 20-30 seconds in the microwave they make for a quick and delicious weekday breakfast.

3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 /2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oats--you can use either quick oats or rolled oats
1/2 cup applesauce
1 apple, peeled, cored and grated.

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a muffin tin or put paper muffin liners in the wells. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder and soda, and spices, and add them to the wet ingredients in the bowl. Mix in the oat flakes, applesauce, and grated apple. Scoop into muffin tin and bake for 16-18 minutes.