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.

Elizabeth Hiser
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 1998


Recipe Summary

35 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

160 calories; protein 3.6g; carbohydrates 28.5g; dietary fiber 3.7g; sugars 14.2g; fat 4.9g; saturated fat 0.5g; cholesterol 15.5mg; vitamin a iu 95.2IU; vitamin c 1.1mg; folate 87.8mcg; calcium 34mg; iron 1.5mg; magnesium 39.1mg; potassium 183.4mg; sodium 219.4mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
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! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I used wheat germs and more walnuts to make the muffins even healtier. The outcome was just amazing! Read More
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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 Read More