Apple Sauce Spice Muffins Recipe With Walnuts

Last Updated on November 17, 2022 by Ellen Christian

This apple sauce spice muffins recipe is an easy way to make homemade cinnamon apple muffins for breakfast. Try this healthy recipe today.

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You are going to love this homemade apple muffin recipe! When the weather gets colder, I start looking for more muffin recipes. Baking is a wonderful way to warm up the kitchen in our 1865 farmhouse. It never gets quite as warm as I like it when the temperatures drop closer to zero. 

Apple Sauce Spice Muffins Recipe With Chopped Walnuts

Apple Sauce Spice Muffins Recipe

So, these cinnamon applesauce muffins are a wonderful way to use up leftover applesauce. In the fall, when we have more apples than we can eat, I often can homemade applesauce. And, of course I generally have more than I can use up. I just don’t sit down and eat a bowl of applesauce.

Now that the kids are grown up, I have more applesauce than I need. Thankfully, this apple sauce spice muffins recipe uses up two cups of applesauce. You can use store-bought applesauce as well if you don’t have homemade.

Applesauce streusel muffins

I absolutely love applesauce streusel muffins but it does add more sugar to the recipe. If you want to turn this apple sauce spice muffins recipe into a muffin with streusel topping, you can use this streusel recipe and add it just before you bake them.

applesauce muffins on a white plate

Gluten-free applesauce muffins

When we have my daughter over on the weekends, we try to find gluten-free baked goods to serve since she’s gluten intolerant. You can easily make this apple sauce spice muffins recipe into gluten-free applesauce muffins by substitute a one for one gluten-free flour for the all-purpose flour in the recipe.

How do I make my muffins fluffier?

If your muffins are flat and not as fluffy as you want to, make sure that you have added enough baking soda. It’s the baking soda that provides leavening for this apple sauce spice muffins recipe. If you don’t use enough, they won’t rise. If you use too much, they will rise quickly and then fall.

Apple Sauce Spice Muffins Recipe With Chopped Walnuts

What type of liners should I use?

When I make muffins, I usually use some type of liner because it makes the muffin pan easier to clean. You can use the traditional paper muffin recipes or you can use the silicone muffin liners.

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I like the silicone liners because I can use them over and over again with no waste. But, you do need to wash them in between uses. And, if you are taking them with you somewhere else, make sure you use the paper ones so you don’t lose them.

Apple Sauce Spice Muffins Recipe With Chopped Walnuts

What type of applesauce should I use?

As I mentioned above, I usually bake with homemade applesauce. But, you can use store-bought applesauce too. You can use either smooth or chunky applesauce. Since you add cinnamon to the recipe, I would avoid using the applesauce with extra cinnamon in it. But, if that’s what you have, it will certainly work. I usually make my applesauce unsweetened. But, you can use sweetened applesauce in this recipe as well. It will really work with any type of applesauce you have on hand.

muffin applesauce and apples on a table

Can I freeze these apple sauce spice muffins?

Yes, you can definitely freeze this apple sauce spice muffins recipe if you want to. I just put two muffins (no liner) in a freezer bag. Just make sure that the muffins are completely cool to the touch when you freeze them. They should last about three months if you make sure the bag is sealed tightly. 

When you’re ready to eat these apple sauce spice muffins just take them out of the freezer bag and set them on a plate to come to room temperature. Or, you can speed up the process a bit and put them in the microwave for about 15 minutes.

ingredients on the counter

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Apple Sauce Spice Muffins

Easy apple sauce spice muffins with chopped walnuts

Apple Sauce Spice Muffins Recipe with Chopped Walnuts

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (more for topping if desired)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two muffin tins with liners. Spritz liners with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix just until blended.
  4. Stir in the applesauce and walnuts (if desired.)
  5. Scoop batter into muffin liners about ¾ full.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


You can leave out the walnuts if you prefer.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 387Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 119mgCarbohydrates: 74gFiber: 2gSugar: 40gProtein: 7g

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2 thoughts on “Apple Sauce Spice Muffins Recipe With Walnuts”

  1. These look magnificent! I'm definitely trying these. I know the boys will love them and I bet they'll freeze up good too, so I can save some for later!

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