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Cinnamon Apple Raisin Muffins

Posted by Christie Donn on

Need something to do with your leftover applesauce? Try this easy muffin recipe! 

Big and fluffy. Crunchy topping with a moist interior!

These can be whipped up in time for a weekend breakfast with the kiddos, and guaranteed to please. 


cinnamon apple raisin muffins applesauce pie spice sugar crunch topping


1 and 1/2 cups of flour 
1 tablespoon of cornstarch 
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon of pie spice 
1/4 teaspoon of salt 
1/2 cup of raisins (optional)
3/4 cup of applesauce 
1/2 cup of yogurt or kefir  
1/4 cup of melted butter 
1 large egg 
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract 
1/2 cup packed brown sugar

Sugar Topping: 

1/2 teaspoon of pie spice 
5 tablespoons of brown sugar 
1 tablespoon of applesauce
1/4 cup of melted butter 



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 12 cavities of a muffin tin and lightly flour. Do not use muffin liners as these muffins will stick to them. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine Flour, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, pie spice, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined, then add in raisins (if using.) 
  3. In a separate bowl combine melted butter, applesauce, yogurt/kefir, egg, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined, then add in brown sugar. 
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until JUST combined. Over mixing can cause your muffins to become too dense and less fluffy. 
  5. Pour muffin mixture into prepared muffin tins. You should have enough batter for 11 or 12 tins, so fill them up well. About 3/4ths of the way to the top is perfect! If you don't have enough batter for the whole tray, fill remaining spots with water to ensure even baking. 
  6. Bake about 20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean
  7. Allow muffins to cool in pan for about 5 minutes before gently lifting out with a spoon.

Prepare Sugar Topping: 

  1. Combine pie spice and brown sugar 
  2. Dip warm muffin tops into melted butter, then dip into sugar crunch mixture. 
  3. Repeat for all muffins. Spoon any remaining mixture onto the tops evenly. 


Additional Tips: 

  • Want to make it a bit healthier? Swap out the butter and try coconut oil instead. They will still be rich and delicious with less cholesterol. 
  • Don't like raisins? Skip them. Really, it's okay. You won't hurt my feelings. 😉 
  • You can buy apple pie spice if you want, but it's SO easy to make pie mix yourself! If you prefer a little "spicy" flavor, just use cinnamon instead. 
  • You can swap out the brown sugar for Splenda or another granulated sugar substitute. But since brown sugar contains molasses, it will change the flavor a bit if you do so. 
  • I made the sugar topping with half brown sugar and half turbinado sugar for an extra crunch! YUM! 
  • Mix it up! Try it with walnuts for something different! Chunky applesauce is great too. :) 

cinnamon apple raisin muffins sugar crunch topping


What other mix-ins would you try? Share your favorites in the comments! 


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