015Every time I opened my refrigerator door, a humongous bottle of barely-touched applesauce would coldly stare back at me.  After buying such a big, family-sized bottle for a family with only one applesauce eater (me), I think I’ve learned my lesson.  Note to self: buy smaller bottle next time. Luckily, I’m the type of person who makes lemon bars out of lemons, so I was not going to let some extra applesauce get to me.  I decided to search Allrecipes.com for a fun way to incorporate the applesauce into a luscious-bakedsomething-or-other, and after perusing the various applesauce cakes, breads, and muffins, I found what I was looking for.   The original recipe was for an applesauce bread but with a few modifications of my own, I was able to create a moist and delicious applesauce hazelnut prune muffin.   If you’re not too fond of prunes you can always substitute another dried fruit of your choice or leave them out all together.  I personally like  the taste of prunes and in these muffins, they add a nice tartness.  Top them off with a little cream cheese or my favorite, peanut butter, and you’ve got breakfast to go.

Applesauce Hazelnut Prune Muffins–adapted from www.Allrecipes.Com (makes about 14 regular size muffins or 28 mini muffins)


1 cup whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 extra large egg

1 cups sucanat (or granulated white sugar) 

1/4  cup canola oil

1 cup applesauce

1/2 cup coarsely chopped prunes (optional)

1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted hazelnuts (can also use pecans or walnuts)

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup plain, non-fat yogurt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 12 cup muffin tin or a 24 cup mini muffin tin.
  • Beat together eggs, sugar, and oil. Blend in applesauce, and then yogurt. Mix in flour, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon. Stir in prunes and hazelnuts. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes if using  a 12 cup muffin tin or 16-18 minutes if using the mini muffin tin (ovens will tend to vary on baking times)
  • Cool on wire racks.
  • Advertisements