Rinse & Repeat: Strawberry Rhubarb Applesauce Muffins

I’m not sure how it’s possible, but it just seems like there is NEVER enough time!

I realized last night that my husband has been deployed for almost two months, and I have no idea where the time has gone. I had all these great plans of sorting through the attic while he was gone and digging out my rubber stamping stuff which has been collecting dust. Lots of dust. Literally – because I haven’t had time to dust either!

But did I do any stamping today? No sir. I had to go and get a new battery put in my car because yesterday afternoon mine decided it was all done working.

It seems like I’m always running from one thing to the next. But I still want to put good, nutritious food on the table for my sweet little piglets, especially in the morning when we are all struggling to get out the door on time.

I’m always trying to think about how I can work ahead, and get twice the benefit out of half the work (or something like that – my math is kind of fuzzy on that one…). I’ve adopted a strategy I call rinse and repeat, where you take one recipe and make it onto two, saving time and quite often money as well.

So when I made my Strawberry Rhubarb Applesauce to sneak a little nutrition into my children, I made a double batch so that I could rinse and repeat and also make these perfectly moist muffins which are easy to grab and eat on the go.

Strawberry Rhubarb Applesauce Muffins
Yields: 12 muffins

Streusel Topping:
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
1/4 c. flour
3 tbs. melted unsalted butter
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/2 c. milk
1 c. Strawberry Rhubarb Applesauce
¼ c. melted butter or vegetable oil

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

To make the streusel topping: combine pecans, brown sugar, and 1/4 c. flour in a small mixing bowl. Add the 3 tbs. butter and stir well. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, place the remaining 2 cups of flour, baking powder, baking soda, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg and mix to combine. Stir in the apples and granulated sugar.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, applesauce and melted butter. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and stir just until incorporated, being careful not to overmix.

Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups, using about 1/4 c. of batter per muffin cup. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the batter.

Bake the muffins 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Sometimes, I impress even myself!

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  1. 1

    These muffins look amazing! I’m a HUGE muffin baker/lover and with the rhubarb and strawberry combo I know that my entire family will love these.

    Like you, I don’t know where the time goes. I plan to do all kinds of things on my day off (or when the kids are asleep) …. but then stuff happens and, quite frankly, I get distracted (more easily than I care to admit). Cleaning out closets etc can wait … while I bake up some of these muffins. :)

  2. 2

    Wow – these look amazing! How cool that you used some of the applesauce for them and I bet the kids LOVE these in the morning! Your photos look mouthwatering! Delish….

  3. 3

    Love the concept! Great muffins, we absolutely love muffins here! I totally understand about the never enough time. My husband has been gone for 1 month now, and I had big plans while he was gone. Haven’t really done any of them. Way too busy, never enough time!

  4. 4

    You have a right to be impressed . . . that last picture is simply gorgeous! Shoulda been a contender for Top 9. I’m not a big rhubarb fan per se, but mixed with strawberry and a bit of streusel, well, that’ll do it!

  5. 5

    These muffins look gorgeous! Better than the bakery ones! I’d love to have one for breakfast :)

  6. 6

    What a perfect use of your homemade applesauce! I bet these muffins were delicious and moist! What a great flavor combo for muffins too. : )

  7. 7

    This looks great. I like you used applesauce.

  8. 8

    Oh Holy YUM! Wish I had one of those for breakfast!

  9. 9

    Those look yummy. What a gorgeous streusel!

  10. 10

    I love the “rinse and repeat” concept. I don’t know how us moms would get by without “recycling” in the kitchen. I can just imagine how great the flavor of the strawberry/rhubarb combo tasted in muffins. And that topping….yum!

  11. 11

    These sound awesome! I love the streusel topping, the strawberry rhubarb applesauce, you name it! I really need to use the “rinse and repeat” method more often.

  12. 12

    Way big deliciousness! I know time’s flying, but that’s a good thing, right? It means your Hubby will be home all the more soon. I adore rhubarb and wish I could find it a bit more easily down here. I’d make the applesauce so I could make these muffins immediately. I love this kind of food for breakfast simply because it is so easy to eat “on the run.”

  13. 13

    Yes, there seems to be lack of time or it is rushing by in my life also.
    I would love to try the strawberry applesauce by itself-yum! Also these muffins sound like a tasty way to make use of that. Very creative putting both the applesauce as well as the rhubarb in there. Well done.

  14. 14

    Great strategy…I’d love both your applesauce and these gorgeous muffins!

  15. 15

    Okay, I will never complain about not having enough time again. Two months? Ugh. I have lots of friends who have spouses in the military and my hat is off to you for holding the family together. And your muffins sound delicious – perfect with my lonely morning tea!

  16. 16

    Love the idea of homemade strawberry rhubarb applesauce and that’s quite the streusel topping! I completely hear you on the ‘rinse and repeat’ (great phrase). My life is largely about practicality – doing what I can to keep it simple, healthy and reusable :) Freezing and double batching are a regular occurrence. I hope your young ones enjoyed the applesauce (so delicious) and muffins!

  17. 17

    I agree – time flies even though I’m just having two kids and I don’t even have time to bake anything sweets and delicious like these. So I’m really impressed that you still try to make these beautiful muffins for the family!

  18. 18

    Gorgeous muffins! Well done. I love rhubarb.

  19. 19

    Now this is a recipe! I am loving all the flavors and ingredients in this. Yum!

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