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Cooking with Kids – Mini Applesauce Muffin Recipe

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Cooking with Kids - Mini Applesauce Muffin Recipe. Easy & Healthy recipe to make with kids. From {SimplifyLiveLove.com}

A few weeks ago, my five year old came to me with a recipe for applesauce muffins that she found on pbskids.org. We were right in the middle of moving into our passive-aggressive house, so I put her off. But she was determined to have me help her make that recipe. I think she liked it because it has pictures of all sorts of add on toppings – sprinkles, glaze, honey etc to put on the muffins after they’re baked – and she really wanted an excuse to eat sprinkles. Well, we finally made her muffins, healthified of course, because I am a health-conscious mom who tries to be picky about what we eat. And they were delicious – even without the sprinkles {because we left them off}!

applesauce mini muffins - a great snack for kids and fun for them to make, too!

You should make these mini applesauce muffins with your kids. They’re a great addition to school lunches or a nice snack. 4 thumbs up from all my kids!

Cooking with Kids – Mini Applesauce Muffin Recipe

In all honesty, I find it hard to cook with my kids. Have you seen the memes that mock the concept? I wholeheartedly agree. I guess I am a control freak sometimes, and working with my kids in the kitchen can bring out bad responses from me: when they make a mess, or slop ingredients out of the bowl I can go a little off my rocker. Admittedly, I am trying to be better – and this recipe actually went very smoothly. I think it’s important to cook with my kids – so I am trying really, really hard to let it go and just do it. 😀

Are you ready to cook with your kids? Let’s go!

Cooking with Kids - Mini Applesauce Muffin Recipe, easy healthy recipe to make with kids

Gather your ingredients. You guys know that I love ALDI because of the great prices they have on organic products. As well, they have phased out artificial food colors, trans fats, and MSG from their ALDI brand products – a step toward creating healthier processed food that I admire greatly. To make this recipe, we used ALDI’s organic fresh apples ($3.99 for 5 lbs), Simply Nature No-Sugar Apple Sauce ($1.89 for 46 ounces), and organic coconut oil ($4.99 for 14 ounces).

Cooking with Kids - Mini Applesauce Muffin Recipe, easy healthy recipe to make with kids. Let your kids crack the eggs!

The first step to making these cute little muffins is to combine wet and dry ingredients separately and actually let your kids participate. My kids love to crack the eggs! This is a part of cooking I’ve had a hard time letting my kids do, but I guess they have to learn sometime, right? And they get such a thrill out of cracking the eggs. I’m not sure why. I find cracking eggs messy and annoying. So let your kids have a try!

Mini Applesauce Muffins - combine wet ingredients. from {SimplifyLiveLove.com}

My kids love dumping ingredients in the bowl! I do measure everything out first, and then have them do the dumping. Maybe soon I will let them measure on their own – I guess I’m not quite ready to relinquish that much control yet.

Cooking with Kids - Mini Applesauce Muffin Recipe - easy recipe to make with kids from {SimplifyLiveLove.com}

After the ingredients have been combined in their own bowls, add the wet ingredients to the dry and have your kids stir until just combined. And just so you know, I did not tell my girls to put on matching dresses, but I did insist that they brush their hair. True story – kids of bloggers are quite funny.

Cooking with Kids - Mini Applesauce Muffin Recipe - fun & healthy recipe to make with kids from {SimplifyLiveLove.com}

Then, spoon the batter into the muffin tins. We prefer to use a scoop to try to get uniformly sized muffins. It doesn’t always work out as planned, especially when kids do the scooping, but they really like to scoop.
Cooking with Kids - Mini Applesauce Muffin Recipe - bake for 22 minutes from {SimplifyLiveLove.com}Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until the muffins are golden brown and toothpick comes out clean. Can I tell you how much I love my Thermador Oven, by the way? It’s so wonderfully awesome. 😀

Cooking with Kids - Mini Applesauce Muffin Recipe - cool completely and then devour!I recommend that you cool the muffins completely, but if you can’t do that, cool at least until they won’t burn your fingers or mouth, and then devour.

We think these muffins make a nice two or three bite little snack. The are perfect for school lunches or after school treats. They’d also be a great if you’re responsible for Brownie Snacks or need to take a quick snack to any other type of meeting or event.

Cooking with Kids – Mini Applesauce Muffin Recipe

Cooking with Kids – Mini Applesauce Muffin Recipe


  • 2 cups all purpose flour, preferably unbleached
  • 1/2 cup sugar, preferably raw sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt, preferably REAL salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup finely diced apples
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease or line mini muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt) in a medium sized bowl. Whisk to combine.
  3. Combine egg, applesauce, apples, and coconut oil in a small bowl, then stir in the dry ingredients until just combined.
  4. Spoon into prepared muffin pans and bake 18-22 minutes, until muffins are golden brown and a toothpick come out clean.
  5. Cool completely, and enjoy!

Cooking with Kids - Mini Applesauce Muffin Recipe - cooking with kidsAlthough I admit to being a control freak when it comes to cooking with my kids, I am trying to do better and I plan to share more  pictures of my kids helping me in the kitchen – as proof that I am giving up control! 😉

Are you a kitchen control freak too, or do you actually enjoy cooking with your kids? I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. Jpost says

    Interesting post.
    Thanks for sharing wonderful ideas with us. I love to make food at home and here recipe looks really amazing and delicious. Again thanks..
    Keep sharing!!!

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