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Healthy Spice Muffins

An easy healthy muffin recipe that is 100% whole wheat and refined sugar free. Sweetened with apple sauce and deliciously spiced with cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time32 mins
Servings: 12
Calories: 128kcal


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½-1 teaspoon cardamom*
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • zest of one orange
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled slightly
  • ½ cup bittersweet chocolate chips optional (omit for no refined sugars)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, allspice, and orange zest.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together applesauce, honey, milk, vanilla, and egg until well combined. Whisk in the melted butter.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry and stir until barely combined. Do not overmix. Fold in optional chocolate chips.
  • Scoop batter into the prepared muffin pan, dividing it evenly among the 12 muffin cups. Add a few extra chocolate chips to the tops of the muffins, if desired.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • I like to freeze any muffins that I won't eat within the first two days. After the muffins are cool, place them in a zip-top plastic bag, and freeze for up to 2 months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator or on the defrost setting in the microwave. Enjoy!


*Adjust the amount of cardamom depending on if you want lightly spiced or more spiced muffins.


Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 103IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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