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Mini Cinnamon Muffins

Made with a base of applesauce and whole grain flour, these easy mini muffins are sweet enough to taste like a treat!
Course Muffins
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 12 (Makes 24 mini muffins)
Calories 111kcal


  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted and slightly cooled; or neutral oil like canola)
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy or unsweetened nondairy)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cinnamon and sugar for sprinkling (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and grease a 24 cup mini muffin tin.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the applesauce, butter, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and egg.
  • Add the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt and gently fold together.
  • Fill prepared muffin tin to the edge of each cup using about 2 tablespoons of batter.
  • Sprinkle each muffin with cinnamon and granulated sugar.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a cake tester comes out cleanly.
  • Remove from oven, run a paring knife around the edges, if needed to loosen, and transfer to cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.


  • To store: Place in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days, warming briefly if desired before serving. Or freezer in a zip top freezer bag with as much air removed as possible for up to 3 months.
  • Gluten-free: You can use gluten-free flour for the regular flours.
  • Dairy-free: Use plain, unsweetened nondairy milk and oil instead of butter to make these dairy free.
  • Egg-free: Omit the egg and increase the milk to 3/4 cup. Add 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed to the batter.
  • Any applesauce will work, though I use unsweetened smooth style.
  • To make these as full size muffins, bake for 20-22 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out cleanly.
  • To make these less sweet for younger toddlers or babies, you can cut the maple syrup down to 1-2 tablespoons skip the cinnamon sugar on top.


Serving: 2muffins | Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 101IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg