Yum, yum, yum! These turned out great and are sweetened with honey. I try and stay away from making any desserts with sugar because I've found once you let sugar back into your life, your body doesn't want to let it go.
Desserts are so satisfying when you know that they are healthy or on the healthier side and aren't loaded down with sugar or brown sugar. I know many people use various sweeteners but I've found honey is my perfect go to.
I used Thrive Life unsweetened applesauce. It's the easiest way to have applesauce available in your home for recipes or just making a small serving and eating it. It tastes like fresh apples and when I make a cup for us, I only add a little cinnamon and it's perfect. It hits the spot without a ton of calories and unnecessary sugar.
Thrive Life unsweetened applesauce is crushed apples that you add water to and blend. Delish!
I love that there is no waste and once the can is opened, it's good for a year. Unopened it's good for up to 25 years so you can always have applesauce on hand.
I used both raisins and walnuts in this recipe and a 1/4 cup of each. If you don't like one or the other, you can just add more of the one you like. If you're not a lover of either, skip it but the baking time might not take as long. The next time I make this, I'll go with a 1/2 cup each since some of the muffins seemed a little weak in the added extras department.
These were so good right out of the oven! I did freeze some and they area just as delicious when you take them out and thaw them ahead of time. If you want to add a little butter if you warm them up, go for it! I may or may not have tried this a few times. They are a yummy comfort muffin.
Healthy Applesauce Muffins
- 3/4 c. Thrive Life unsweetened applesauce
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 c. coconut oil (softened)
- 2/3 c. honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 c. old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 c. raisins
- 1/4 c. walnuts (chopped)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Use muffin/cupcake liners and line a 12 cup muffin tin. This recipe will make between 11-12 muffins depending on how full you fill each one.
- In a large bowl combine Thrive unsweetened applesauce, eggs, coconut oil, vanilla and honey. If your coconut oil is already liquid, you can combine this by hand. I used a mixer since my coconut oil was softened.
- In a separate bowl combine cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, flour, baking soda and baking powder. Stir by hand.
- Add the flour mixture in to the wet ingredients and either mix by hand or use a mixer.
- Once combined add in the oats, raisins and walnuts by hand and stir in.
- Fill muffins/cupcake liners to just below the full mark. These rise but not too much. If you want to make 12 muffins, fill each one a little less.
- Bake for 20-26 minutes and insert a toothpick in the center to check if done. If it comes out clean, you're good. My first batch took 26 minutes while my second batch took 22 minutes.
Why use Thrive Life foods?
Thrive food is different than any other kind you’ll find on the market.
- These foods won’t spoil in a few days…or even a few weeks. They’re good.
- You won’t be thawing, degreasing, or cutting raw meat.
- You won’t be chopping veggies or washing and peeling fruit.
- There’s an extra burst of flavor you won’t find anywhere else! Just take a bite!
- Just toss in any meal or refresh (rehydrate) in warm water.
- Free of GMOs, preservatives, artificial nonsense and chemical junk
- The Nutrilock Promise! It's our little secret that makes our food higher in nutrients and freeze-dried fresh all year long. It's a rigorous 41 step process that one we own, and that it takes that wild, naturally ripened food and gently locks in the nutrients and flavor without the use of preservatives. Can the grocery store do that?
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