Apple Oatmeal Muffins

Recently, as I leafed through the cookbooks on my bookshelf I was reminded of my love for old church cookbooks. Does anyone else have a few of those sitting around at home? Those things have some great recipes in them. I tend to be a visual person and only make recipes where I can see a picture of the finished product (one reason I love blogs so much), but for church cookbooks I make an exception. A conglomeration of all the church ladies’ best recipes? Count me in 🙂

This recipe comes from the cookbook of the church I used to attend when I lived in Pennsylvania. I loved that church and the people in it, and I still miss them. Baking from this cookbook reminds me of old friends, cooking get-togethers and church potlucks. And that makes me happy. Best of all this is a great recipe. The muffins have just a hint of spice to flavor them for Fall, and the combination of applesauce and chopped apples gives them a great apple taste and texture. They were delicious right out of the oven, but I actually liked them better once they were cool. They also froze beautifully and Mike has been enjoying them in his lunches this past week. They’re a little healthier than some muffins (ahem…doughnut muffins), which makes them a great choice for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Apple Oatmeal Muffins


1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup applesauce
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped


Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl mix sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices. Add them to the wet ingredients. Mix in the oats, applesauce, walnuts, and chopped apples. Spoon into greased muffin pans, filling two-thirds full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in a center muffin comes out clean. When they come out of the oven, sprinkle the tops with granulated sugar. Remove from pans immediately, and cool on wire racks.

adapted from Peg Miller

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  1. I love church cookbooks! I used to not like them, because I'm more of a visual person too but now I really like them. They have a ton of great recipes. Those muffins look really good and healthy!

  2. These look delicious! I am so sold on apple recipes right now 🙂

  3. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…

    m ^..^

  4. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…

    m ^..^

  5. I have many old church cookbooks in my collection and they are the best!

  6. I love cookbooks like that too. I have a really, really cold cookbook from my grandmother's elementary school in Texas. It's falling apart but it's like a little time capsule of deliciousness!

    Oatmeal gives muffins such a great texture. These sound yummy!

  7. They look gorgeous

  8. I love church cookbooks too – I figure, somebody's family somewhere loved this recipe – it wasn't just designed for a cookbook. I make a apple donut/muffin too – maybe I need to healthy it up some – I will be giving your recipe a try!

  9. I love church and other homemade cookbooks, the recipes are always tried and true! I was just looking for a new muffin recipe to try this morning, I think I am going to make these soon!

  10. What a great apple treat. I've got loads of apples this years from my trees and am looking for yummy recipes to use them up. After all, a girl can only eat so much apple sauce LOL.
    *kisses* HH

  11. That looks great.

  12. Great looking recipe! I'm baking with apple and pumpkin every chance I get the past few weeks.

    Church cookbooks are always fun! Similarly, one of our oldest cookbooks is my grandmother's PEO cookbook. Definitely not the healthiest recipes, but some of the greatest classics 🙂

  13. apples oats yummy

  14. Yummy looking muffins!!!

  15. These are some yummy looking muffins!!!

  16. Those muffins look so moist and sound so good with all those spices. I had a lot of apples sitting around the house and used them to make applesauce,, but maybe I should have saved them to make these muffins instead.

  17. Great looking muffins, and how lovely to have a cookbook that brings back lovely memories for you.
    Sue 🙂

  18. Great looking muffins, and how lovely to have a cookbook that brings back lovely memories for you.
    Sue 🙂

  19. Those are wonderful looking muffins! Church cookbooks always seem to have some of the best recipes. Classics for sure!

  20. Yum! Church cookbooks = Real Cooking :-).

  21. Church cookbooks are the best! They really do seem to have the most wonderful recipes. These look delicious and as you say they're fairly healthy which is a bonus. They'd make a great snack. Thanks so much for linking up to Cookbook Sundays!

  22. Those muffins look so delicious. I love the addition of applesauce and granny smith apples!

    How cool that you got the recipe from a church cookbook!

  23. These look so yummy! I love cookbooks. Especially cookbooks with pictures! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Those look so yummy! They remind me alot of ones my mom used to make growing up!

  25. Your apple oatmeal muffins are so yummy I printed out the recipe, but just by glancing at it the ingredients… it tells me that I would use 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1 teaspoon baking powder to lighten up the solid ingredients, which I love. The spices are so delightful. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for your other great links!

  26. Mmm, these sound delicious :)!

  27. I bet these not only tasted delicious, but smelled irresistible when they were baking too!!

  28. Hi Megan!

    I’m in the middle of writing my dissertation and pulled an all nighter last night. I made these with dinner so I’d have something to much on. I have to tell you that I LOVED them! The recipe is really wonderful and you really taste the apple flavor. They’re also not too sweet. My husband hates those muffins that have so much stuff in them they taste like cupcakes! He loved these and so did If anyone has any reservations, don’t! They’re wonderful and now gone thanks to studying, my husband and our little ones. 

  29. Sarah and Terrell< - Thanks so much for your comment! I'm so glad you liked them. Good luck on your dissertation! :)

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  31. Just made these with a few tweaks (had only brown sugar and replaced hald the oil with more applesauce) and they are the most delicious muffins EVER!!!! And they smell heavenly!

    Thank you for my new favorite apple recipe!!!!!! This is the first I try from your website but it certainly won’t be the last!

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