Here’s a great after-school snack for a hungry kid or any other member of your family. These are perfectly sweet with a strong apple flavor when you use homemade applesauce. The better the apple sauce the more flavor the muffins will have. No time for making applesauce? Add diced fresh apple to the recipe for a stronger flavor.


3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom (optional)
3 tbs butter
1/8 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup fresh applesauce
1 egg
1/4 tsp salt (optional)
1/2 apple peeled and chopped very small


1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray, set aside.

3. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl, set aside.

4. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter on high for about 30 seconds; add sugar, applesauce, egg and salt to bowl. Mix well.

5. Pour the apple mixture over the flour mixture. Gently stir in the flour until just incorporated, do not over mix.

6. Fill the muffin tins about half full with batter. Bake for 8-9 minutes for mini muffins. Note: For 6 standard size muffins bake 15 minutes

Tip: For evenly sized muffins, a mini cookie scoop works wonders, get one at your baking supply or craft store.

Optional Add-ins: Small shredded carrot or zucchini, currants, chopped dates, flax seeds, quick oats, peanut butter, diced banana, shredded cheddar cheese

This is a guest post from our friend and blogger Chef Jen Carden. You can find her fabulous collection kid friendly recipes in her book The Toddler Cafe as well as on her blog.