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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.

Applesauce Muffins with Pear

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 14-20 minutes


  • 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


  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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56 Responses to “Chunky Pear and Applesauce Muffins”

  1. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted May 13, 2013 at 7:09 am

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


  2. Jenny Flakeposted May 13, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Sounds so good right now! Lovely muffins!


  3. Mariaposted May 13, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Love applesauce muffins! These look great!


  4. Tieghanposted May 13, 2013 at 7:25 am

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


  5. Abby @ The Frosted Veganposted May 13, 2013 at 7:28 am

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


  6. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted May 13, 2013 at 7:32 am

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


  7. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted May 13, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Applesauce in muffins is LIFE CHANGING. So fluffy!


  8. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Doughposted May 13, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Mmmm, I love those chunks of fruit in there!


  9. marlaposted May 13, 2013 at 8:41 am

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


  10. Paula - bell'alimentoposted May 13, 2013 at 8:45 am

    This is right up my alley! <3


  11. Julie @ Table for Twoposted May 13, 2013 at 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!


  12. Heather Christoposted May 13, 2013 at 8:55 am

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


  13. Cookin Canuckposted May 13, 2013 at 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.


  14. Shainaposted May 13, 2013 at 9:08 am

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


  15. Jeanetteposted May 13, 2013 at 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.


  16. Heather @ Heather's Dishposted May 13, 2013 at 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!


  17. Belinda @zomppaposted May 13, 2013 at 11:23 am

    CHUNKY is awesome! Especially pears….


  18. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungryposted May 13, 2013 at 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.


  19. RavieNomNomsposted May 13, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    These look excellent!!


  20. Shari | Tickled Redposted May 13, 2013 at 12:29 pm

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


  21. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted May 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm

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


  22. Colette @ JFF!posted May 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm

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


  23. Crystal @ Simply Playful Fareposted May 13, 2013 at 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!


  24. Angieposted May 13, 2013 at 1:30 pm

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


  25. Aggieposted May 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm

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


  26. nessaposted May 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    These look great!


  27. Marian (Sweetopia)posted May 13, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    These look so good, Sommer!


  28. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted May 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Love these flavors, perfect breakfast!


  29. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted May 13, 2013 at 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!!!


  30. ashley - baker by natureposted May 13, 2013 at 6:19 pm

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


  31. Gabyposted May 13, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Looks like the perf grab and go breakfast!


  32. DessertForTwoposted May 13, 2013 at 6:54 pm

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


  33. Monetposted May 13, 2013 at 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!


  34. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted May 13, 2013 at 9:25 pm

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


  35. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted May 14, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Delish! Love these spices with pears.


  36. steph@stephsbitebybiteposted May 14, 2013 at 6:48 am

    These are what mornings were made for!


  37. BusyWorkingMamaposted May 14, 2013 at 6:59 am

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


  38. Carolynposted May 14, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Muffins with applesauce really are wonderful!


  39. Nancy Longposted May 14, 2013 at 8:56 am

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


  40. Jennifer @ Mother Thymeposted May 14, 2013 at 9:22 am

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


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  42. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted May 14, 2013 at 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!


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

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


  43. Averie @ Averie Cooksposted May 14, 2013 at 7:32 pm

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


  44. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted May 14, 2013 at 10:11 pm

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


  45. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted May 15, 2013 at 5:12 am

    i could sure use one of these this morning!


  46. Marlyposted May 15, 2013 at 9:38 am

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


  47. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted May 15, 2013 at 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…


  48. Nutmeg Nannyposted May 16, 2013 at 1:19 pm

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


  49. Stephanieposted May 19, 2013 at 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!


  50. shelly (cookies and cups)posted May 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    These might be the perfect on the go breakfast!


  51. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmetposted May 20, 2013 at 11:19 am

    I totally need these in my life Sommer. Yum!


  52. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)posted May 22, 2013 at 11:33 am

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


  53. Robertaposted June 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    My mum will love these!


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