Great healthy muffins with no sugar.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 dozen muffins
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

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  • Mix flour, baking soda, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt together in a bowl.

  • Beat shortening with an electric mixer in a separate large bowl until smooth; add honey and mix for 2 minutes. Stir flour mixture into shortening mixture, alternating with applesauce, until batter is smooth. Fold in raisins and walnuts. Spoon about 2 1/2 tablespoons batter into each muffin cup.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

210 calories; protein 3g 6% DV; carbohydrates 34.2g 11% DV; fat 7.7g 12% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 156.1mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2012
I make a recipe similar to this, only instead of shortening I use melted butter. I like to soak the raisins in hot apple juice or unsweetened chai to plump them a bit before I use them in this recipe. We love these muffins. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/03/2013
Yeah, yeah, I used my blend of apple pie spices, which doesn't include ginger, so I'll take any blame for the subtle flavor - although I don't know that I'd want more. These might be good with chopped apples in them. They aren't bad, just a little on the heavy side, moist. On the other hand, when asked, E, 15, said he wouldn't mind seeing them again - if I felt like making 'em. :? :) Read More
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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2012
I make a recipe similar to this, only instead of shortening I use melted butter. I like to soak the raisins in hot apple juice or unsweetened chai to plump them a bit before I use them in this recipe. We love these muffins. Read More
(15)
Rating: 2 stars
02/03/2013
Yeah, yeah, I used my blend of apple pie spices, which doesn't include ginger, so I'll take any blame for the subtle flavor - although I don't know that I'd want more. These might be good with chopped apples in them. They aren't bad, just a little on the heavy side, moist. On the other hand, when asked, E, 15, said he wouldn't mind seeing them again - if I felt like making 'em. :? :) Read More
(7)
Rating: 3 stars
01/09/2014
I added 2 eggs and a quarter cup of milk because it was too dense. I left out the clove (personal preference)The addition of the egg and milk thinned it nicely and made a delicious muffin. I also added an oat crumble topping before baking. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/10/2014
I made these with no changes, and they were very good, moist and the right texture for muffins, BUT they should be named "Applesauce SPICE Muffins"--they taste like spice cake, so much so that I couldn't taste the applesauce. (I know, I should have known this from reading the recipe, just wanted to give others a heads up). Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/28/2015
I did 1/2 tsp soda and 1/2 tsp powder so it wasn't so dry. I also had to add 1 tbs vanilla 1 egg white and 1/2 c milk. Great flavor but way too dry without my changes. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/01/2015
I did what others had suggested and added 2 eggs and 1/4 cup milk. And instead of adding all the spices listed I just did a hefty teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. The muffins are nice and fluffy but they don't really have any sweetness. If I make these again I would add 1/2 cup of sugar. They just need a little something. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/06/2016
After reading the reviews and seeing the consistency of the batter I added 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut milk and a 1/2 cup of maple syrup. I also used my own gluten free flour blend. I am always in search of gluten free egg free dairy free corn free yeast free and others recipes due to many food allergies and this was good for those with and without allergies! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2016
I have reservations about giving this recipe 4 or even 5 stars since I didn't follow it to the letter. I like a cakier muffin, so although I used all the same ingredients except for the oil (I used melted butter), I followed the recommendations to add an egg and a splash of milk to the wet ingredients. The batter was still thick but the results were excellent. Inexperienced bakers should be warned to not overmix the batter. Overmixing will change the texture. It might also be noteworthy that muffins should not be left to cool in the muffin pan. That also changes the outcome. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/07/2015
The flavour was good although a little bland... And they were really dry even though I added an extra 1/4c. more liquid. I ended up having to substitute 1/2c. Oil 1/2c. Apple juice for the applesauce since I didn't have any on hand. I also added an egg and addt. 1/4c. Apple juice. Next time I would add a bit more oil Read More
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