Gluten Free Applesauce Muffins with Raisins have a pleasant spiciness mellowed by plump, moist raisins — without added sugars! As an extra bonus, they are also nut and dairy free!
I remember an applesauce cake my mother used to make. That's what I was aiming for with these muffins. I reasoned that with the natural sweetness of (unsweetened) applesauce and raisins, it should be possible to create a healthy, gluten free muffin version of applesauce cake. After several attempts, I’m delighted to have reached this result!
Since developing this recipe, I went on to create my own gluten free Applesauce Spice Cake. It differs from this muffin recipe in that it's made with almond flour and a little organic raw sugar. If you like this recipe, I'm sure you'll love that one, too!
"Regular" Gluten Free Baking
As I experimented to develop this recipe, my first batches tasted too much like oatmeal porridge. Then the pendulum swung to the other side, and they tasted like what I’ll call “regular gluten free baking." I’m not a fan of a lot of the gluten free products and recipes out there. I often find that they have a pasty taste I don’t enjoy. Therefore, you won’t find this website filled with regular recipes that just substitute a gluten free all purpose flour mixture into a mainstream recipe. I would rather forgo the bread and buns than eat some nasty, chalky thing! This typical gluten free food is often high in sugar, too, so not good for our health. There is lots of delicious food out there that is naturally gluten free. I like to focus on it, while I work to discover ways to make truly delectable baking.
Healthfully Gluten Free
For the times when we want bread, muffins, cookies, pastries, or cake, I really like baking with nut flours. They aren’t the same as typical pastries. They’re usually better, in my opinion! However, nut flours are expensive! I use them, but not daily. I think Gluten-Free Applesauce Muffins with Raisins have found a good balance between taste, cost, and nutrition.
Gluten Free Oats
Oats are a good source of dietary fibre and many essential nutrients. If you can’t eat any gluten, you’ll need to use gluten free oats to ensure they contain no traces of wheat. You can read more about that on my Start Here! page.
Gluten Free Applesauce Muffins
For ease of mixing and best results when working with coconut oil, allow all of your ingredients to come to room temperature before proceeding to make your muffins.
While this ingredient list may seem long, let me assure you that these applesauce muffins are easy to put together. Just whisk your dry ingredients in a large bowl, your wet ones in a medium bowl, stir it all together with the raisins, scoop into a muffin pan, and they’re ready to pop into the oven. Fifteen minutes later, you’ll have fresh, warm, yummy muffins!
- 1 cup quick oats gluten free, if necessary
- 1 cup oat flour gluten free, if necessary
- 1/2 cup tapioca flour
- 1/2 cup potato starch (not potato flour)
- 2 teaspoons gluten free baking powder *see note
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 large egg at room temperature
- 1/4 cup coconut oil softened or melted
- 1 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup sultana raisins
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line 12-cup muffin pan with parchment papers.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the egg. Then, whisk in oil, applesauce, and vanilla.
- Stir in raisins.
- Scoop into 12 muffin cups. Bake for 15 minutes or until done when tested with a fork.