Applesauce Muffins

Applesauce Muffins
Others may have brunch, but at our home we have pre-breakfast.

Pre-breakfast is a word coined by the imaginative Desi to describe a small meal he likes to have each weekend after waking up and before walking the dogs. It is not in any way to be confused with breakfast which is a more elaborate and substantial meal he usually makes himself once the walk and gym are out of the way.

Desi always shares pre-breakfast with the doggies who are by now well familiar with the routine and start hanging out at the table before he even gets there.At its most basic, pre-breakfast is whole-wheat toast with peanut butter and jelly, but sometimes I make healthy snacks like muffins or scones or nut breads that I can stow away in the refrigerator and which are ready to eat after a quick zap in the microwave or the toaster.

These bite-sized applesauce mini muffins are a perfect example of pre-breakfast at our home. They are low in fat and made with whole wheat pastry flour and are light and delicious and quite guilt-free for morning eats. I use cardamom and cinnamon to spice them up and the fragrance of the baked muffins is beyond description.

Yes, they are sweet, but then what’s life without some sugar?

Desi has such a sweet tooth, in fact, that he’ll sometimes eat these with a dollop of jelly, but they are perfect on their own. Here they are!

Cardamom-Scented Applesauce Mini-Muffins
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 24
  • Mix together in a bowl:
  • 1½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • In a larger bowl, whisk together to mix:
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds mixed with 4 tbsp water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  1. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix with a few strokes just until all ingredients are moistened. Don't overmix to make a smooth batter: lumps are fine, even good.
  2. Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan and divide the batter equally among the cups.
  3. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 10-12 minutes. When they are ready, the muffins will be lightly golden and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin will come out clean.
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  1. says

    Pre-breakfast? Ha ha Vaishu , i think i will run away if in my house , my son or husb learn those words :)
    Probably that would be our breakfast or healthy snack, i love the jelly topped one!

  2. says

    Quite logical, I will say – If one can have midnight snacks why not have pre-breakfast? Ha, ha!

    I too like the flavors of cardamom and cinnamon so this completely agrees with me:)

    See you again for the September theme of Green:)

  3. says

    These mini muffins look perfect..and how convenient that I have the whole wheat pastry flour in my I am going to try these soon :)

  4. says

    I am totally including pre-breakfast into my day!Your mini-muffins sound like a great way to start the day.

    You have a very nice blog over here, I discovered yesterday on the ppk forum.

  5. says

    lol….loved the word pre breakfast,all i can pass on as breakfast for myself is a khari biscuit with tea….except weekends ,when there is proper breakfast….prebreakfast is sumthng i cant even imagine
    And thanks a lot for stopping by at my blog and agreeing to my thoughts….seldom does ppl do so with me! he he he

  6. says

    Cham: Thanks, dear.

    Pete: You can definitely use any vegetable oil so long as it doesn’t have a strong flavor like olive or sesame.

    Sunshinemom: Thanks, and I’ll definitely be participating in the Green!

    Aparna, Sowmya, Thanks!

    Usha, Bhawana: Thanks, and I hope you like them!

    Mihl, Welcome! I must say that now that I’m used to it, pre-breakfast is pretty special :)

    Alka, Thanks.

    Anjali: You are very kind, my dear. Thanks!

  7. says

    Pre breakfast eh? Cool, more food the better. Love it that you made it with whole wheat pastry flour, which is my fav. these days.
    Whatz not to like!
    Only problem is, I could eat anything sweet the whole day. Not sure if this is gonna last long if I make it though.

  8. says

    I was going through your archives y’day and boy! just last month had so many posts! I am planning on making savory muffins for breakfast this weekend. I don’t have a sweet tooth and eating cereals is such a hassle in the mornings :(

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