Could there possibly be anything that screams autumn more than pumpkin and apples? When I smelled these muffins baking I felt like I needed to rake leaves, put some corn husks around my porch, and start my Christmas shopping. That reminds me, I should probably start my Christmas shopping. I always have good intentions of doing it slowly starting about six months before Christmas, then I end up being the loser running around the mall on Christmas Eve. I digress.
As far as muffins go, these are pretty killer. They’re super moist with a nice crunch from the oats on top. The cinnamon gives them a hint of that autumn spice. They don’t taste overtly like pumpkin or apple, the two just complement each other and make a gently sweet breakfast treat.
My two year old ate two of these for breakfast, which seems outrageous. Not a terrible way to get some fruits and vegetables into her, though.
Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins
Inspired by Deceptively Delicious
2/3 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbs butter, melted
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup 1% milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
To make the topping, combine oats, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Add melted butter and stir to coat.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. In another bowl mix the applesauce, milk, pumpkin, sugar, oil and egg. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients slowly and stir until just moistened.
Divide the batter evenly amongst the muffin cups and sprinkle with the prepared topping. Press the topping down lightly just to make sure it adheres to the batter. Bake until the topping is slightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, 18-20 minutes. Let cool a few minutes, then transfer the muffins to a cooling rack to cool completely.