These tasty bite-sized muffins come with a wholesome twist parents can feel good about. Better yet, kids can bake ’em themselves!

These applesauce muffins are easy to mix up by hand. You can add a secret healthy ingredient for extra flavor and nutrition: grated carrot. For a simpler muffin, skip the carrots.

This recipe involves baking in the oven, so brush up on your safety skills before you begin. This is a good recipe to work on with a parent or older sibling.

Carrot Applesauce Bites. Photo © Carl Tremblay, excerpted from Baking Class.

Carrot Applesauce Bites

Makes 24 mini muffins


  • 1½ cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup grated carrot


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line two 12-cup mini muffin pans with paper liners or grease the cups.
  2. Stir the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl. Mix in the brown sugar. Then add the melted butter and applesauce. Stir in the grated carrot.
  4. Pour the applesauce mixture over the flour mixture, and stir until all the flour is mixed in.
  5. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling each one about two-thirds full.
  6. Bake the muffins for 15 to 20 minutes, or until light brown.

Text and recipe excerpted from Baking Class © 2017 by Deanna F. Cook. Photos © Carl Tremblay. All rights reserved.

Deanna F. Cook

Deanna F. Cook is the award-winning author of cookbooks for kids, including the best-selling Cooking Class, Baking Class,and Cooking Class Global Feast! She served as… See Bio

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