We partnered with the incredible certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, freelance writer, and photographer, Edie Horstman to help create these healthy applesauce blender muffins — a wholesome and delicious snack for the whole family, especially picky and finicky toddlers.
This easy muffin recipe is made with gluten-free almond flour, our biodynamic applesauce, yogurt, maple syrup, and a few other staples that you probably have in your pantry right now. Edie flavored them with cinnamon and vanilla, and our regeneratively farmed applesauce as mentioned (with zero added sugars, flavors or GMOs), making them naturally sweet and packed with fiber. They’re soft, moist, and freeze well too.
Read below for the fast, simple recipe and Edie's baking tips:
TIPS FOR MAKING BLENDER MUFFINS
Rather than use multiple bowls, blender muffins come together with one kitchen appliance. Applesauce blender muffins are a quick, simple, and wholesome alternative to regular muffins. Not only do they consist of healthy ingredients, but they require nothing more than a blender, a few measuring cups + spoons, and a muffin tin. Blender muffins offer versatility in flavor options, too. You can add in almond extract, blueberries, chocolate chips, etc.
THE BEST PACKAGED APPLESAUCE FOR TODDLERS
When it comes to purchasing applesauce at the grocery store, aim to buy organic applesauce without any added sugar, salt, or preservatives. If it is flavored with cinnamon or pureed with pears, that’s great! Otherwise, stick to an ingredient label that is simple and short.
My favorite applesauce comes from White Leaf Provisions — a baby / toddler food company harnessing the power of regenerative farming. All of their products are organic and non-GMO, made without any harmful pesticides or fertilizers. My baby loves both their apple and pear sauce, as well as their apple and cinnamon sauce.
Apple and Pear Sauce: nutritious, naturally sweet in taste, and easy to digest. Containing powerful phytonutrients, it is not surprising that these ingredients have been popular first baby foods for generations. Both apples and pears are rich in vitamins and packed with beneficial fiber. These compounds help support the digestive system and build a healthy gut microbiome. This sauce blend is a great option on its own, or it can be used to mix with vegetable purees.
Apple and Cinnamon Sauce: offers an irresistible twist on a traditional first weaning food. Besides its tempting flavor, Ceylon cinnamon has been credited with a wide range of health benefits, ranging from anti-inflammatory properties to boosting brain function, regulating digestion, glucose levels and blood pressure. Warm and sweet in flavor, this classic recipe is a treat without any added sugar or sweeteners. A healthy family favorite that is delicious on its own or in combination with other dishes. I used this sauce for the muffins.
HOW TO FREEZE AND STORE MUFFINS
Before wrapping and freezing, allow muffins to cool completely. To freeze, wrap securely in foil or use a Stasher bag or tupperware. The best way to store them is in a single layer. That way, they won’t freeze together. Label all packages with the name of the recipe and the date. Use within the recommended storage time for the best flavor and texture. These muffins will last for one week in the fridge or two months in the freezer.
Healthy Applesauce Blender Muffins
- 1 cup applesauce, without added sugar or no sugar added
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (sub: coconut yogurt)
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 eggs (room temperature)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups blanched almond flour
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed (optional)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line a muffin tin with muffin liners.
Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender. Blend until well-combined (30 seconds – 1 minute). Pour into liners.
Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the tops are browned.
About the Author
Edie Horstman is the founder of Wellness with Edie, LLC. — a wellness consultancy and health coaching business. Edie is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and content creator. She is passionate about all-things practical, sustainable wellness. Originally from California, Edie lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and toddler. In August, she will have a speciality in postpartum and baby nutrition. Find her on Instagram here! She's one of our very favorite follows.