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Healthy Fresh Strawberry Muffins with Applesauce Recipe

Swap some of the oil for applesauce to make a slightly healthier version of strawberry muffins for a delicious easy breakfast.

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I’ve read a lot of articles about making “healthy swaps” when baking. So, I decided to try one this time by switching the oil for applesauce. I didn’t want to do too many things at once, but you could also swap the all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour or almond flour.

Sweet strawberries are a favorite fruit at our house, along with bananas and pineapple. We always have some fresh berries in the refrigerator so this was a perfect meal for Big Breakfast Sunday. While we like juicy strawberries most of the time, you want to make sure they aren’t overripe and too soft for this recipe. If so, the juicy berries will add too much liquid to the muffins as they cook. 

The Healthy Strawberry Muffins only took about 15 minutes to prep and 25 to bake. It’s a great recipe for something fairly quick for breakfast while still having more than just a bowl of cereal.

Strawberry Muffins Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce (unsweetened, at room temperature)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups strawberries (chopped)

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray or line with paper liners. 

Measure out your wet ingredients. Then whisk them in a large bowl.

Applesauce, sugar, and oil in stainless steel bowls on a white wooden surface
Wet ingredients mixed with a wire whisk in a stainless steel bowl on a white wooden surface

Prepare the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and add them to the combined wet ingredients.

Flour, salt, and baking soda in stainless steel bowls on a white wooden surface
Muffin mix with a wire whisk in a stainless steel bowl on a white wooden surface

Carefully fold in the chopped strawberries.

Strawberry muffin mix in a stainless steel bowl on a white wooden surface

Pour the muffin batter into the muffin tin until the cups are about 2/3 cup full.

Uncooked strawberry muffin mix in a muffin pan on a white wooden surface

Bake the strawberry muffins for about 25 minutes, until golden brown. The center should be set and the muffin tops should spring back when touched. Move to a wire rack to cool. 

Strawberry muffin on a piece of brown paper in front of a bamboo tray with muffins on a red and white towel next to a glass of milk all on a wooden surface

Leftovers

Storage: For the best results, because of the fresh strawberries, we placed the leftover muffins in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Reheating: The next morning I placed them in the microwave for about a minute to warm them up. Microwaves cary, so make sure you don’t do it too long or the berries will be too hot.

Recipe

Originally Published On: July 13, 2020

Last Updated On: April 21, 2024

Strawberry Muffins with Applesauce on a piece of brown paper with a bamboo tray of muffins and a glass of milk behind all on a wooden surface

Strawberry Muffins with Applesauce

Swap some of the oil for applesauce to make a slightly healthier version of strawberry muffins for a delicious easy breakfast.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course:
Breakfast
Cuisine:
American
Diet
Vegan
Keyword:
applesauce
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breakfast
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muffins
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strawberry
Dietary Needs:
Dairy-Free
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Egg-Free
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Nut-Free
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Vegan
Servings: 18 muffins
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups strawberries (chopped)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a muffin pan
  • Whisk the applesauce, sugar, and oil in a medium mixing bowl
  • Add the flour, baking soda, and salt to the combined wet ingredients
  • Carefully fold in the chopped strawberries
  • Pour the batter in the muffin cups until they are about 2/3 cup full
  • Bake the strawberry muffins for about 25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean
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Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Muffins with Applesauce
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 185 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Sodium 238mg10%
Potassium 62mg2%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 6IU0%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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17 thoughts on “Healthy Fresh Strawberry Muffins with Applesauce Recipe”

  1. Oh wow I need to make these for my strawberry and applesauce obsessed little boy! They sound incredible!

  2. Ooh this is perfect! Essie has literally been clamoring for days, for reasons that are beyond me, for “strawberry bread” or “raspberry bread,” so these would be a perfect option to try! (And I’ve been playing around with pandemic substitutions a lot, too – seeing how many healthy swaps I can cram into chocolate chip cookies and have them still taste like chocolate chip cookies!)

  3. How have I never had a strawberry muffin?! This recipe looks so delicious. Perfect to make so I can grab a muffin on my way out the door in the mornings. I’m looking forward to trying this one!

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