My mom used to make a version of these muffins. I LOVED the little bite of warm applesauce hiding in the center.
I don't just limit myself to applesauce for these muffins. A spoonful of jam, preserves, pureed fruit, Nutella, or anything else you fancy turns a regular old muffin into something special.
I used pear preserves in this batch, so I cranked up the spice to complement the fall flavor.
1/2 cup sugar
1 TBS flax meal
2 TBS water
1 1/2 cups flour (All Purpose or whole grain)
3 TSP baking powder
1/2 TSP salt
1/4 cup olive or coconut oil
3/4 cup Almond or other milk
1 TSP vanilla
dash of nutmeg
sprinkle of cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray, grease lightly or line with cupcake papers.
In a large bowl, stir together sugar, water, and flax meal until well combined.
Add flour, baking powder, salt, oil, milk, vanilla and nutmeg all at once. Stir until just combined.
Fill muffins cups 2/3 full. Add a 1/2 tsp dollop of filling to the center of each cup. As it bakes, the filling will settle into the center.
Bake 25 minutes. Cool well. the filling will be hot.