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Taste of the Sisterhood: Oatmeal Applesauce Muffins

[ 59 ] 11/14/2010 |

Today, I post a recipe for Oatmeal Applesauce Muffins that has gotten me through so many situations, including the one this weekend in which I am doing my first half-iron distance triathlon, probably right now as we speak and as you read this! (I sure hope I’m doing well right now!)

What did I have for my pre-race breakfast, you ask?

Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins, for one.

Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins
OK, you got me, I’ve posted this recipe here before but there are a lot of new faces and those of you who have forgotten about it need a reminder because YOU ALL JUST NEED TO HAVE THIS MUFFIN! It is packed with all sorts of goodness, so much so that two of these babies topped with light cream cheese are the perfect breakfast! And the perfect race-morning breakfast too, especially because they even travel well!

I baked a million of these to leave with the grandparents for the kids who love them, and I baggied up a million for me for snacks on the road and for breakfast on race day.

So here is the recipe! I have also added bananas to it before and they were good, and I plan on adding peanut butter to it one day to make the super duper ooper schmooper perfect race day muffin. So now you know my not so secret.

Taste of the Sisterhood: Oatmeal Applesauce Muffins

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Serving Size: 1 muffins


  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 egg whites (I’ve used EggBeaters)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • raisins or nuts (optional but I haven’t used either yet)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Soak the oats in milk for an hour. Spray muffin pan with cooking spray. Combine the oat mixture with the applesauce and egg whites, and mix until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk dry ingredients (except the cinnamon and sugar) together. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until just combined. Add nuts or raisins if desired. Do not over mix the batter or the muffins will be tough. Spoon muffin mixture into muffin pan. Combine the cinnamon and sugar and top each muffin with some of the mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until done. These can also be frozen and reheated in the microwave for a quick breakfast.


WWP+ 3 • Calories 109 • Calories from Fat 6 • Total Fat 0.7g • Saturated Fat 0.1g • Trans Fat 0.0g • Cholesterol 0mg • Sodium 169mg • Total Carbohydrates 22.1g • Dietary Fiber 0.5g • Sugars 8.3g • Protein 3.6g • Vitamin A 1% • Vitamin C 0% • Calcium 5% • Iron 3%

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DELICIOUS! Have a wonderful day!

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About christieo: Christie O. is a 30-something freelance writer and mommy to two little boys. She loves training for random races to lose weight and who went literally from couch to 5k to half-ironman to marathon, losing 55 pounds along the way. Christie O. also blogs at View author profile.

  • kiminia

    these are SOOOOOOOOO good!!! I make them all the time for my childcare!! Breakfast or snack, warm or cold (I store them in the fridge) they are just plain yummy!!

  • Megan Reuther

    These are in mah oven right now!

  • Megan Reuther

    These are in mah oven right now :)

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  • KelleyG

    Can I sub it with lactose free milk we were told my10month can’t have milk(lactose)

    • shrinkingjeans

      I’m sure that would be just fine!!

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    • Heather

      Yes! We are a dairy free household and this is a recipe my mom passed to me. They taste just fine with soy,almond,or coconut milk!

      Also the oat soaking is not necessary. I’ve never soaked my oats and my muffins turn out wonderfully each time. :)

  • Cathy

    Can you sub reg. flour for wheat flour?

  • Jessy

    Can you use mini muffin tins??:)

    • shrinkingjeans

      Yes! Just make sure to reduce the cook time!

  • mary

    Can I use quick oats

    • shrinkingjeans


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  • Nat80

    Just came across this recipe and loved how it said 1 WW point.. However, I plugged the exact recipe into the Weight Watchers recipe builder and put 12 servings, and it actually comes out to 3 points per muffin. Still looks like a good recipe though.

    • shrinkingjeans

      I think it was old Points! Sorry about that! We will update with the revised Points Plus!!

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      • VMAC

        If you only use 1/3 c. brown sugar instead of 1/2 c. it’s 2 WW points. and they still taste great.

        • shrinkingjeans

          Great to know!! Thank you for the tip!

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  • Nikki

    what about subbing honey for the sugar? any suggestions for that? we really try to limit refined sugar.

    • Erin

      I tried subbing maple syrup for the brown sugar, and it turned out pretty good – I just decreased the milk by 1.5 Tbsp to accommodate the extra liquid. (I also left the sugar off the top, and mixed the tsp of cinnamon into the batter). I’m guessing you could do the same with honey.

  • Mandy

    I wonder if I could substitute almond milk!!?? Would Love to try, but lactose intolerant. :(

  • Kerry

    Made these over the weekend and have another batch inthe oven. Forgot the cinnamon and sugar on top but put some cinnamon in the mix….So YUMMY! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe~

  • Jackie

    I use almond milk and turned out fine! I also used apples instead of raisins/nuts.

  • Susan S.

    I made these two weeks ago and still has some in the freezer (they freeze so well!). Anyway, I took one out today, split it in half and toasted the halves in the toaster oven. On each half I put two tablespoons of ricotta cheese flavored with a little sweetener, cinnamon and vanilla (all to taste). It was so, so good! Love this recipe…thank you so much!

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  • Me

    Can you use almond milk instead of fat free milk?

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  • Andrea

    Yum! Just made these, satisfied my sweet tooth with only 1 pt! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Jeanette Gainer

    I ran this through the weight watchers recipe builder and these are 3 pts with skim milk and 2 pts with unsweetened almond milk! I will be making these this week!!

  • Chris

    Pretty tasty. I used mashed bananas instead of the applesauce (it’s what I had) and added blueberries. Very tasty. My son enjoys eating them like pancakes… a bit of maple syrup right out of the oven. Yummy! :)

  • Laura Jo

    Thank you for this recipe and for mentioning that you have added bananas and will add peanut butter. I added two bananas and about 1/2 a cup of peanut butter. I also got adventurous and added half a can of pumpkin. I baked the muffins in mini muffin tins for 10 minutes. YUMMY!!

  • Ck

    Had to laugh- pretty sure I wouldn’t turn my oven on to 400 and THEN soak the oats for an hour in the milk.

  • Kara

    These are amazing, and my go-to snack when I’m trying to get in better shape. They also have my 7 year old’s seal of approval, and he’s picky so that is saying A LOT!

  • ness

    Is there any tweaking that can be done to add more apple flavor?

  • nicolio

    Just made these in a mini muffin pan @ 375 for 10, pretty moist!

  • Beth

    I am wondering if I can substitute a different kind of milk other than dairy. I have soy and I also have flax seed milk. I am commenting on the Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins recipe above. Thanks for any help you can give me…I appreciate it… Beth

    • shrinkingjeans

      Yes!! You can certainly sub a non-dairy milk in!

  • srb427

    These are NOT 1 point muffins. I Just entered them into the official WW recipe builder and they are 3 points each (when you make 12). If you make 24 mini-muffins they are 1 point for one BUT 3 points for 2. I was very skeptical when I read this recipe and then it claimed to be only one point. I’ve been doing WW so long that I just knew something was off. I calculated this exactly as listed without added raisins or nuts. Maybe in the old system they were 1 point…. maybe but in the new PointsPlus they are definitely 3.

    • shrinkingjeans

      These were calculated in the WW points system prior to Points Plus! We can get the recipe updated with the new points! Thanks!

  • Adele

    I just made these and they taste pretty good! I don’t use WW points but when I calculated the nutrition information per muffin, it came out to be exactly double what you’ve recorded per muffin! The recipe was for 12 right? Anyway, thanks!

    • shrinkingjeans

      The recipe is for 12 muffins! I will go back and take a look at the nutritional info and verify that it’s accurate. Glad you have them a try!

  • Lori

    made these this morning and added apple chunks… Yummy

  • Queenpanda

    Does the oats have to be soaked in milk? Or can simply boil on a pot for 10 minutes in milk to cut time?

  • suzi

    I just made these!!! They are delicious and moist. I didn’t put the cinnamon and sugar on top or raisins or nuts. And they were yummy!! This will definitely be a weekly bake :)

  • Hayley

    Do you think it would be possible to use rice flour or some other can of flour besides wheat? Hubby just learned he’s allergic to wheat so we’re trying to cut it out. I might just make them for myself anyway though. ;)

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  • Shannon

    do you mix the milk in too or do you discard that after letting the oats soak?

    • shrinkingjeans

      You mix the milk in!

  • Rachel

    A lot of people asked and no one has answered the same question I have…can you use white or rice flour instead of the wheat?

    • shrinkingjeans

      You can certainly use white flour, but it will change the nutritional values. I’m not sure how it would turn out with rice flour!

  • Sarah Ann Kachel

    i don’t know what it was i did wrong, but i followed the recipie excatly and mine turned out terrible :(

  • ClemJ

    This is the best healthy recipe I have ever made (I do realize they would be healthier without brown sugar). No one would ever know that they are made with mostly clean ingredients. I will be making these on a weekly basis to always have them on hand! Great breakfast on the go.

  • Lea

    Thank you so much for this recipe! These turned out delicious! I added a tsp of vanilla and used almond milk. I also used truvia instead of the sugar for the topping. I ate this with my lite vanilla bean ice cream and it was fantastic!

  • k

    These are delicious! I was looking for a healthy but filling breakfast I could freeze and have on hand for early mornings (I am a graduate student and sometimes have to leave the house at 4:30am!). These were just the answer. I added 1 1/2 tsp of apple pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves) to the batter and a tsp of vanilla. I also added one smashed banana. They came out great!

  • Candy Quirino

    has anyone added protein to them?

  • Erin

    I love the muffins but they are 3 points plus for weight watchers and for 2 of them it’s 5 points plus

    • shrinkingjeans

      Thanks, Erin! I believe this was calculated before the Points Plus system was in place! Back in the old days ;)

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  • Nicole

    Any chance I could swap the milk for coconut milk and the wheat flour to another type of flour such as rice or coconut?

  • Julie Metz

    Just started weight watchers, and needed to eat some baked goods without killing my points. These are super good, and filling. We bake stuffed cupcakes, and I was in withdrawal!