Applesauce Spice Muffins

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Preparation Time 10 minutes Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 muffins Cost Per Serving $0.43
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1 cupUnbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/3 cupWheat Germ
1/2 cupGround Flax, Chia Seeds or Hemp Hearts
1 tspGround Cinnamon
1/4 tsp eachGround Cloves, Ground Allspice
1 tsp1/4 tsp each
1/4 tspBaking Powder
3/4 tspSalt
1/3 cupWater
1/4 cupGrape Seed Oil
12Dates, pitted and chopped
1/3 cupPecans, chopped (optional)
1/3 cupBrown Sugar or Honey (if using honey, don't add the extra 2 tbsp of applesauce)
1 cup + 2 tbspUnsweetened Applesauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients except for the dates and pecans in a large bowl.
  3. Combine the liquid ingredients well in a separate bowl.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Stir in the dates and pecans until just blended.
  5. Divide the batter among 12 large muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool.


  • These muffins are high in fibre, which can help prevent and manage constipation.
  • Ground flaxseed, chia seeds and hemp seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help reduce inflammation. Inflammation is associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. 
  • Applesauce helps lower the fat used in these muffins. It also adds moisture, making them softer and easier to swallow.
  • The spices and sweetness in this recipe can be adjusted based on taste changes. If food tastes too bitter, add something sweet. If food tastes bland or has no taste, add extra spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
  • These muffins freeze well and can be made ahead, which makes this a great recipe for caregivers to prepare for their loved ones.
  • Try making mini-muffins! This can help control portion size for people who are trying not to gain weight. A smaller muffin size can also help those with smaller appetites, because large amounts of food can be overwhelming.