Chocolate Applesauce Muffins

Chocolate Applesauce Muffins

This is what happens when you have a hankering for chocolate muffins but don’t want the calories. I went out searching for a chocolate applesauce muffin recipe after making applesauce pancakes this morning. Not too sweet, sayeth the husband, and also not too dense. Good for breakfast, snack, or dessert.

Source: ButterYum (muffin recipe) and Six Sisters’ Stuff (baking tips)

Ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, cocoa powder, applesauce, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt

Preheat the oven to 350. Gather your ingredients, as always. (That’s flour and sugar in the background containers.) Use room temperature butter or cut it into small chunks so it will cream well.

Use a hand or electric mixer. Unless you're a masochist and like cramping hands plus chunks of butter in your muffins.

Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl.

Add the applesauce after you mix in the eggs and cocoa powder. Or don' me.

Add eggs and powdered cocoa. Fold in applesauce.

Stir in rest of remaining dry ingredients. Hopefully yours looks more in focus than this one.

Add remaining ingredients and stir until mixed. If you continue mixing it will introduce air bubbles and really fluff up.

Fill 3/4 full or 4/5 full or anything over half full, really.

Fill the muffin tin at least half full, closer to 3/4 full if you can manage.

Lowering the temperture of the oven does something. I just know it makes them rise up and make a nice cupcake dome.

As you put the muffins in the oven, lower the temperature to 325 degrees.

Remove from tin and let cool. Or don't.

Bake for 25-28 minutes. Remove from tin and let cool for 5 minutes.


  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup powdered Dutch cocoa
  • 1.5 cup applesauce (cinnamon flavored is fine)
  • 1.75 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs and cocoa. Fold in applesauce. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fill muffin tins about three-quarters full. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees and bake for 25-28 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Frost if desired.

Makes 12 muffins.


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4 thoughts on “Chocolate Applesauce Muffins

  1. keepsmeoutofmischief January 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm Reply

    I keep meaning to try apple sauce as a substitute in cakes and muffins. I have a low-fat chocolate cake recipe that uses very little butter and produces a lovely light cake – you feel much less guilty when you’re eating them!

    • hodgepodgecook January 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm Reply

      Do try it! Applesauce works well as a replacement for the sugar in pancakes too, and I’ve seen it replace eggs in certain cake recipes. You’ve got me intrigued by that cake recipe. I’m a bit of a butter addict.

  2. thethriftyhippie May 27, 2014 at 1:46 pm Reply

    I made these today with my homemade applesauce! Changed it up a bit with cake flour, vanilla and done cinnamon. Oh they were yummy! Thanks for the inspiration to use up some of my applesauce stash 🙂

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