Applesauce-Date Muffins

Applesauce-Date Muffins

4 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 1998

These easy, tasty applesauce-date muffins are rich in fiber, low in saturated fat and perfectly portable, making them great for breakfast or snack time.

Ingredients 12 servings

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  • 1½ cups whole-wheat flour
  • ⅔ cup bran cereal, such as Bran Buds or All-Bran
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chopped dates
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted (see Tip)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1¾ cups unsweetened applesauce
  • ⅓ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil


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  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk flour, bran cereal, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Stir in dates and walnuts. Whisk egg, applesauce, brown sugar and oil in another bowl until smooth. Make a well in the dry ingredients; add the wet ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until just combined. (Do not overmix.) Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake the muffins until the tops are golden brown and spring back when touched lightly, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Loosen edges and turn muffins out onto a wire rack to cool.
  • Tip: To toast chopped nuts: Place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
  • DIY Muffin Cups: Make your next batch of muffins or cupcakes the ultimate grab-and-go treat by lining your tin with muffin liners. No liners? No problem. Use 5-inch squares of parchment paper, coat each muffin cup with cooking spray, and push each square into the cups using a small can or bottle, pressing the paper up the sides. (It's OK if some of the paper is sticking out over the rim.) Fill each cup as directed.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 160 calories; 5 g fat(1 g sat); 4 g fiber; 29 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 88 mcg folate; 16 mg cholesterol; 14 g sugars; 95 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 34 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 219 mg sodium; 183 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (22% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 2 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

Reviews 4

September 12, 2017
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By: Judy Shapiro
I made these this morning and they are sooooo good. They are very moist and sweet with a very nice texture. I will make these again!
July 04, 2013
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By: ilona.becakova
I used wheat germs and more walnuts to make the muffins even healtier. The outcome was just amazing!
March 28, 2013
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By: Rachael Angersoll LaCross
Moist and cinnamony These muffins are so good, my 10 year old son eats them. I like to have one for mid morning snack. Love walnuts and the dates add sweetness without using sugar. Applesauce makes it moist. I make them every other week to help stay on my diet Pros: kid friendly and moist Cons: none
September 24, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Best Ever Date Muffins These muffins are very moist and easy to make. They freeze well since there are only 2 of us in our household and my neighbor loves when I bring her healthy treats. Pros: Easy to make and tastes like heaven. I did not change a thing! Cons: None
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