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

5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
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  • 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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55 comments on “Chunky Pear and Applesauce Muffins

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  2. Robertaposted June 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm Reply

    My mum loves these!

    Rating: 5
  3. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)posted May 22, 2013 at 11:33 am Reply

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

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

    I totally need these in my life Sommer. Yum!

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

    These are the perfect on the go breakfast!

    Rating: 5
  6. Stephanieposted May 19, 2013 at 1:36 pm Reply

    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!

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

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

    Rating: 5
  8. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted May 15, 2013 at 7:11 pm Reply

    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…

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

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

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

    i could sure use one of these this morning!

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

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

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

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

  13. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted May 14, 2013 at 6:16 pm Reply

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

    • Stephanieposted May 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm Reply

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

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

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

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

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

  17. Carolynposted May 14, 2013 at 8:51 am Reply

    Muffins with applesauce really are wonderful!

  18. BusyWorkingMamaposted May 14, 2013 at 6:59 am Reply

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

  19. [email protected]posted May 14, 2013 at 6:48 am Reply

    These are what mornings were made for!

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

    Delish! Love these spices with pears.

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

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

  22. Monetposted May 13, 2013 at 9:16 pm Reply

    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!

  23. DessertForTwoposted May 13, 2013 at 6:54 pm Reply

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

  24. Gabyposted May 13, 2013 at 6:54 pm Reply

    Looks like the perf grab and go breakfast!

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

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

  26. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted May 13, 2013 at 6:17 pm Reply

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

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

    Love these flavors, perfect breakfast!

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

    These look so good, Sommer!

  29. nessaposted May 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm Reply

    These look great!

  30. Aggieposted May 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm Reply

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

  31. Angieposted May 13, 2013 at 1:30 pm Reply

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

  32. Crystal @ Simply Playful Fareposted May 13, 2013 at 1:27 pm Reply

    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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  36. RavieNomNomsposted May 13, 2013 at 12:28 pm Reply

    These look excellent!!

  37. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungryposted May 13, 2013 at 11:36 am Reply

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

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

    CHUNKY is awesome! Especially pears….

  39. Heather @ Heather's Dishposted May 13, 2013 at 9:25 am Reply

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

  40. Jeanetteposted May 13, 2013 at 9:25 am Reply

    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.

  41. Shainaposted May 13, 2013 at 9:08 am Reply

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

  42. Cookin Canuckposted May 13, 2013 at 9:06 am Reply

    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.

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

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

  44. Julie @ Table for Twoposted May 13, 2013 at 8:53 am Reply

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

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

    This is right up my alley! <3

  46. marlaposted May 13, 2013 at 8:41 am Reply

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

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

    Mmmm, I love those chunks of fruit in there!

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

    Applesauce in muffins is LIFE CHANGING. So fluffy!

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

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

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

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

  51. Tieghanposted May 13, 2013 at 7:25 am Reply

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

  52. Mariaposted May 13, 2013 at 7:24 am Reply

    Love applesauce muffins! These look great!

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

    Sounds so good right now! Lovely muffins!

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

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