Pineapple Applesauce Muffins

PineappleApplesaucemGrowing up I loved to make my parents and siblings (4 brothers, 1 sister) breakfast. On holidays, it was also a special treat for my mother to have someone help her in the kitchen! Here’s a yummy recipe for a delicious, moist muffin that goes great with an omelette or scrambled eggs! Enjoy it alone or topped with honey butter.

Pineapple Applesauce Muffins
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Recipe type: Breakfast or Snack
Serves: 10
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ c. sugar
  • 1 c. pineapple chunks (fresh or canned), drained
  • 1 c. applesauce with ⅓ c. peeled, diced apples OR try my Chunky Applesauce recipe
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ⅓ c. coconut oil (if coconut oil is solid, heat for a minute until it is liquid)
  • ⅔ c. pecan or walnut pieces
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract (optional, although I like to add it in to boost flavor!)
  • Honey Butter to spread on muffins
  • 4 T. butter
  • 3 T. honey
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease muffin cup tray with coconut oil.
  3. In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, pecans, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin spice.
  4. In another large bowl, stir together the coconut oil, egg, applesauce (with apple chunks) and pineapple.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into the dry flour mixture.
  6. Mix until the batter with an electric mixer until it is blended. Use a spatula to scrap the sides of the bowl. Batter will be thick.
  7. Spoon batter into the muffin cups filling to the rims.
  8. Bake 30 minutes until the muffins are golden.
  9. After muffins have baked 30 minutes, insert a toothpick into the center of one or two muffins; make sure the toothpick comes out clean to indicate the muffins are properly cooked.
  10. To make Honey Butter:
  11. Take 2-4 T. butter in a small bowl at room temperature. The butter should be soft. Drizzle honey into the butter (to taste) and stir. Serve muffins with honey butter.

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Comments: 4

  • Jim

    June 2, 2014

    Thanks Maryann. My muffin mixture wasn’t firm at all. The chunky applesauce I used was a commercial brand that I think must have had too much water content. I tried making your Homemade Chunky Applesauce, and the mixture was much drier. So I am going to try it making the Pineapple Applesauce muffins again, and incorporate your Homemade Chunky Applesauce receipe.

    Thanks again for responding,

  • Jim

    May 26, 2014

    Maryann I am a new cook and have tried your Pineapple applesauce muffins without success. Each time the muffins start to cook in the oven they appear to be doing fine. At about 10 minutes into the “run” they raise up looking good. A few minutes later disintegrate into a wet mess falling back into the muffin pan.
    The only thing I have done differently is to use the paper inserts in the muffin pan, but I don’t think that would make a difference. Being a beginner it almost seems like the mixture is to wet.

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