A delicious way to start out any day should include Applesauce Muffins as part of breakfast. I would say “part of a complete breakfast” but that’s so cliche! I’ll just stick with delicious.
In reality, these Applesauce Muffins with Cinnamon Spiced Icing are a source of conflict for me. They seem to push the boundaries between muffins and cupcakes.
I was in a dilemma. What should I call this recipe? Applesauce Muffins or Applesauce Cupcakes?
So I went to Wikipedia to do a little research.
Here’s what I found.
- Generally fit into the palm of an adult hand
- Meant to be eaten in one sitting (or one bite…whatever you prefer)
- Similar in shape to cupcakes but generally not as sweet and generally do not have icing (whoops!)
- Designed to serve one person
- Usually baked in a small, thin paper
- Usually has frosting and sprinkles
Obviously I think names are really important but this is one time where I’d like to go on the record as saying the name doesn’t really matter. Not at all! I’ve seen some cupcakes without icing and some muffins that do. So as the famous saying goes, “I don’t care what you call me, as long as you don’t call me late for dinner!”
And that’s the beautiful thing about these Applesauce Muffins with Cinnamon Spiced Icing – you can eat them just about any time…night or day!
Just don’t be the last one to show up late for dinner…
Applesauce Muffins with Cinnamon Spiced Icing
- 1 ¼ cups applesauce
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 banana, mashed
- 3 tablespoons soymilk
- 2 cups flour, (I used 1/2 whole wheat)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon allspice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup pecans, chopped
Heat your oven to 350F degrees and lightly coat muffin pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl mix together the applesauce, sugar, oil, mashed banana and soymilk.
In a separate, smaller bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt. Then add pecans and add to wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.
Drop batter into prepared loaf pan, filling them until they are 2/3 full.
Bake for approximately 20 -25 minutes. You can test for doneness by inserting a thin piece of spaghetti (I hate toothpicks) into one of the muffins to see if it comes out clean.
These muffins are delicious, but if you like to guild your lilies, you can add this icing:
- 1/2 cup dairy free margarine, softened to room temperature
- 2 -3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon soy milk
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix together the margarine and powdered sugar. Add the soymilk until you get the consistency you’re looking for. Add the cinnamon. Cover each muffin with icing. Enjoy!
Other sites with Applesauce Muffin recipes:
- Oatmeal Blueberry Applesauce Muffins by Honey, What’s Cooking?
- Applesauce Muffins by VegWeb
- Vegan Raspberry Applesauce Muffins by Simple Math Bakery
- Applesauce and Honey-Glazed Applesauce Muffins by Honey & Jam