Healthy Applesauce Oat Muffins are made from scratch with simple ingredients including rolled oats, unsweetened applesauce, and whole wheat flour. They make the perfect healthy snack and they’re freezer-friendly, too!

Healthy snacks for myself and my kids is something I am passionate about.  I keep my freezer stocked with healthy snacks including; Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites, Banana Bran Muffins, and Easy Homemade Fruit Pops.

Healthy muffins made with oats and raisins lined up on a grey board with half of a muffin facing up.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m always on the look-out for healthy snack ideas for my kids. Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite healthy snack ideas.  My kids particularly love muffins, and I like to make big batches and freeze them. They’re also great for adding to their lunches.

Some of my favorite healthy muffins include:

The original recipe for these came from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe several years ago. I’ve probably made them a hundred times over the years– it’s such a fantastic recipe! The only tweaking I’ve done it to make more batter. I’ve found her original recipe only makes about 10 large muffins, so I’ve adjusted the ingredients to make a full dozen!

Holy cow are these Applesauce Oat muffins delicious, and the fact that they’re healthy makes me completely obsessed with them. And most importantly, my kids love them. Like LOOOVVEEE them. They make a great snack for the entire family.

How to Make Healthy Applesauce Muffins:

  • Stir together oats, applesauce, milk, egg, vanilla, butter and sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and cranberries or raisins.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients, stir just until combined.
  • Spoon the batter evenly into the muffin cups.
  • Bake at 375 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.

Four process photos for making healthy muffins with the ingredients in a mixing bowl, mixed together and divided into a muffin tin.

Are Muffins Healthy?

Muffins are not usually considered to be healthy, but they can be healthy.  It totally depends on the ingredients.  As a general rule, homemade muffin are healthier than their store bought counterpart because they don’t contain the added ingredients and preservatives that are found in store bought muffins.

What makes these muffins healthy is that they’re nutrient dense. They are made with applesauce in place of oil or an extra egg, whole wheat flour in place of white flour, and whole grain rolled oats that contribute added fiber and protein.

Storing and Freezing Muffins:

Store muffins at room temperature, in an airtight container, for up to 5 days.

To freeze muffins, first allow them to cool completely.  Then place them in a freezer safe resealable bag and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.  To thaw, remove them from the freezer and allow them to come to room temperature.  You can also microwave one frozen muffin for about 20 seconds.

Healthy applesauce oat muffins stacked on a plate.

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Healthy muffins lined up on a grey board with half of a muffin facing up.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 30 mins
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  • 1 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 Tablespoons butter , melted (or coconut oil)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins , or craisins, or chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with liners or grease with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, applesauce, milk, egg, vanilla, butter and sugar. 
  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and cranberries or raisins.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the applesauce mixture. Stir just until combined (don't overmix!)
  • Spoon the batter evenly into the muffin cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  • Don't over-bake or the muffins will be dry. Remove them to a cooling rack. Cool completely before freezing in a ziplock freezer bag.


My other healthy muffins include: skinny banana bread muffins, chocolate chip zucchini muffins, and banana oat muffins.
Recipe adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe. 


Serving: 1muffinCalories: 146kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 147mgPotassium: 177mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 160IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 0.9mg

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I originally shared this recipe December 2015. Updated July 2019.


Healthy Applesauce Oat Muffins are the BEST healthy muffins--my whole family loves them, including my kids. And, they're FREEZER FRIENDLY! | Tastes Better From Scratch

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  1. 5 stars
    Just what I was looking for! This is a great recipe and has flexibility. I used Greek yogurt instead of milk, coconut sugar, 1/2 flour and 1/2 cup almond flour. Half the batch I left plain, and half I added 1/4 cup Guittard Sante coconut sugar chocolate chips. They were outstanding! I will make again trying 3/4 c almond flour and 1/4 coconut flour, and play with the add ins. Oh, and my applesauce was chunky apples and pears that I had processed last summer and had been in my freezer. Worked perfectly!

  2. 4 stars
    Great muffins. Make them often. And everyone loves them. Favourite combo so far is dried cranberries soaked in boiling water, some orange zest and a bit less sugar.

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