Deceptively Delicious Applesauce Muffins

With a few picky eating toddlers on our hands we are always trying to get more nutrients into our babies’ diets.

A few friends have suggested Jessica Seinfeld’s book “Deceptively Delicious” (HERE)for kid-friendly recipes with added fruit and veggie purees. While we didn’t like the idea of ‘hiding’ vegetables we picked up a copy and instead looked at it as adding to nutrients to things we are already serving.

Our first recipe we tried was the applesauce muffins, and we were pretty impressed…

boxwood clippings | veggie muffins


1.5 c flour
1 c oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 c unsweetened applesauce
1/2 c skim milk
1/2 c carrot puree 1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c canola oil
1 egg

2/3 c oats
1/4 c brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp butter


To make puree, we steamed about 1.5 c carrots until tender and blended until smooth. Next make topping by combining oats, cinnamon and sugar and room-temp butter.
For muffin batter combine flour, oats, baking powder and soda, and cinnamon and stir to blend. In another bowl mix applesauce, milk, carrot puree, sugar, oil and egg. Add flour mixture and stir until just combined. Divide into 12 cupcake liners, sprinkle topping and bake for 18-20 mins at 400 F until browned.

These definitely taste like a ‘healthy’ muffin, but are a nice alternative to a sugary treat. There’s no doubt there is less fat and sugar than a normal muffin and some added apples and carrots in there are just a bonus.

Have you given this book a try?
How do you get your kids to eat their veggies?

2 Responses to “Deceptively Delicious Applesauce Muffins”

  1. Katie Says:

    I have that book – it’s great! There’s a recipe for chocolate chip muffins which have butternut squash/ pumpkin puree in them and they are always a hit!

  2. Emily Says:

    Will have to try that one, thanks Katie!