Chunky Pear and Applesauce Muffins

Applesauce muffins with fresh pear dabbled about make great afternoon snacks and quick grab-and-go breakfasts. 

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Rustic home-style muffins tend to conjure up certain feelings or memories.

For me, applesauce muffins remind me of my mom.

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Always watchful of what we ate, in the 80’s she whole-heartedly took on the trend of  “applesauce baking” subbing applesauce for most, or all, of the butter in baked goods like cookies, cakes, quick breads and muffins.

Some of these recipe were wildly successful. Others… not so much.

But if you ask me, simple homey muffins made with applesauce are the-best-of-the-best when it comes to applesauce baking.

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Instead of using the applesauce as a minor building-block ingredient, I like to showcase it as the prominent flavor.

In this applesauce muffins recipe, I added a hefty amount of Musselman’s Applesauce, a touch of Chinese Five Spice Powder to enhance the fresh apple flavor, and small chunks of ripe pear to provide a silky quality to the muffins.

These zippy pear and applesauce muffins are so quick to whip up. I like to surprise my kids with them when they come home from school, or pack them as snacks for our weekend hikes.

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The hearty apple goodness, chunks of fresh fruit, and little nip of spice make these applesauce muffins completely irresistible.

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Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 14-20 minutes

Applesauce Muffins with Pear

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup Musselman's Apple Sauce, any variety
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. chinese five spice powder (substitute apple pie spice or cinnamon)
  • 1 large ripe pear
  • 2 Tb. brown sugar for sprinkling

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and fill a muffin tin with 12 paper liners. (You could also butter and flour the muffin tins and skip the paper liners.)
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until the butter is thoroughly mixed in, then add the apple sauce, eggs and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Add the salt, baking powder and five spice, then slowly add in the flour until just combined.
  3. Dice the pear into small 1/4 inch chunks and fold into the mixture. Then scoop the batter evenly into the prepared muffin tins. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with a little brown sugar and baking for 14-20 minutes until the tops are dome-shaped and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 3-5 minutes before removing from the muffin tin.

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54 Responses to “Chunky Pear and Applesauce Muffins”

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — May 13, 2013 @ 7:09 am

    Muffins are my go-to breakfast for busy mornings and these look so tasty!

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    Jenny Flake — May 13, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    Sounds so good right now! Lovely muffins!

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    Maria — May 13, 2013 @ 7:24 am

    Love applesauce muffins! These look great!

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    Tieghan — May 13, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    I love me some good muffins!! These look awesome!!

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    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan — May 13, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    Pear+Applesauce= love, those chunks are calling to me!

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    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — May 13, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    Those muffins look so nice and moist and tender and good!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — May 13, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    Applesauce in muffins is LIFE CHANGING. So fluffy!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — May 13, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    Mmmm, I love those chunks of fruit in there!

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    marla — May 13, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    Oh wow!!! My kiddos would LOVE these muffins!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — May 13, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    This is right up my alley! <3

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    Julie @ Table for Two — May 13, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    I simply adore this fruit combo you have going on! And I love the chunks of fruit in there. It’s always the best!

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    Heather Christo — May 13, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    I love muffins like this- the applesauce really suits them. I will have to try these!

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    Cookin Canuck — May 13, 2013 @ 9:06 am

    What a great idea to add Chinese 5-Spice in to kick up that apple and pear flavor. I’d happily serve these to my family for breakfast.

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    Shaina — May 13, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    Lovely. I love the use of 5-spice in here.

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    Jeanette — May 13, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    I love the touch of 5-spice in these muffins Sommer! I like using applesauce in place of eggs and fat in some baked goods to make them healthier.

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    Heather @ Heather's Dish — May 13, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    Applesauce muffins remind me of my mom too – can’t beat the sweet memories of weekend mornings with fresh muffins on the table!

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    Belinda @zomppa — May 13, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    CHUNKY is awesome! Especially pears….

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — May 13, 2013 @ 11:36 am

    I always like to replace all or most of the butter with applesauce in my muffin recipes. It adds a nice touch of sweetness.

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    RavieNomNoms — May 13, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

    These look excellent!!

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    Shari | Tickled Red — May 13, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    Delish! We love applesauce muffins and the pear addition fab.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 13, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

    I love the flavor combination, Sommer! These look so delicious and perfect for a lazy weekend brunch…

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    Colette @ JFF! — May 13, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    Pears are such a refreshing fruit, often forgotten.
    Love their texture and that crisp, cool crrrunch!

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    Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare — May 13, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    These look beautiful! I love using applesauce in baked goods. I don’t use pears much in baked goods, but they work really well with them. What a great idea!

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    Angie — May 13, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    I’ve never thought to make these, but what a great idea!

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    Aggie — May 13, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

    I really love these Sommer! I bet they smell delicious!

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    nessa — May 13, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

    These look great!

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    Marian (Sweetopia) — May 13, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

    These look so good, Sommer!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 13, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

    Love these flavors, perfect breakfast!

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — May 13, 2013 @ 6:17 pm

    These look so wonderful – I am a fan of pears and know I’d be excited about having these muffins for breakfast!!!

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    ashley - baker by nature — May 13, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had an apple sauce muffin before! Obviously, I need to change this!

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    Gaby — May 13, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

    Looks like the perf grab and go breakfast!

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    DessertForTwo — May 13, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

    I like that it only calls for 1/2 a stick of butter! I can do that! :)

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    Monet — May 13, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

    Smile. Applesauce reminds me of my mama too. These look delicious. And I wish I had one beside me now. I can’t wait to try the recipe. Thank you for sharing!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — May 13, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

    LOVE the addition of five spice here, Sommer. So creative!

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites — May 14, 2013 @ 6:22 am

    Delish! Love these spices with pears.

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — May 14, 2013 @ 6:48 am

    These are what mornings were made for!

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    BusyWorkingMama — May 14, 2013 @ 6:59 am

    Yum! The large chunks probably make this a very moist muffin. Looks wonderful!

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    Carolyn — May 14, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    Muffins with applesauce really are wonderful!

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    Nancy Long — May 14, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    Yum – I like to make my own applesauce, so will try them with that

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — May 14, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    I love these muffins! What a nice “pairing” with the applesauce! :)

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — May 14, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

    Yeah, I remember my mom making some not-so-tasty baked goods with applesauce, but this recipe definitely looks like a winner!

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    • Stephanie — May 19th, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

      I have some of those “interesting” memories too. Sometimes applesause just doesn’t work.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 14, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    I love pears and I bet with the applesauce these are so soft & moist!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — May 14, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

    Ooo, Chinese five spice powder sounds really good here with the applesauce!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — May 15, 2013 @ 5:12 am

    i could sure use one of these this morning!

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    Marly — May 15, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    I love these muffins, Sommer! And They sound so healthy too!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — May 15, 2013 @ 7:11 pm

    Great idea to add chopped pears to applesauce muffins, Sommer! Love how you added a little vanilla along with the Chinese Five Spice powder. Applesauce, banana and pumpkin muffins are the best and so moist! Pinning…

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 16, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

    Yum! I must make these for a morning treat :) loving this recipe!

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    Stephanie — May 19, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    Ooooh five spice in a muffin? Nice. Can’t wait to try it. Will definately bring this for a snack on our next picnic or hike – while the weather the still moderate here in southern AZ. Love the pictures too :) Muffins and coffee definately are a perfect match!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — May 19, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

    These might be the perfect on the go breakfast!

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    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — May 20, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    I totally need these in my life Sommer. Yum!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — May 22, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    These look so yummy and they are a great way to use up that apple sauce I still have.

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    Roberta — June 4, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

    My mum will love these!

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