I found a can of cranberry sauce in my pantry and was stumped with what to do with it. Luckily I found this recipe! They were easy to make and yummy! Full disclosure I did use oil instead of applesauce since that was what I had on hand.
This recipe is almost the same as one I use. Based on the odd texture of other muffins that use applesauce instead of fat, I think my recipe is better. Fat in baking is healthy if it's the right kind. My recipe changes: 1/3 cup oil or melted butter instead of applesauce, buttermilk instead of skim, and no topping. I add the cranberry sauce to everything at the end and I don't mix the sauce in thoroughly because I like eating saucey and whole cranberry bits. I'm not rating 5-stars because of the applesauce and the recipe as published is too high in sugar.
These muffins are AMAZING! 5 of 5 stars in IMHO. I used Apple-Orange Cranberry Relish from Wm Sonoma, and it is worth the extra cost. So moist and delicious, and with whole wheat flour and rolled oats, very little sugar and no oil, this is a good healthy muffin. Will make many times in the future. Be sure to spray the muffin paper cups, if using, with an oil spray, as they do stick to the paper a bit.
Tried these today, as I had leftover wholeberry canned cranberry sauce from our Canadian Thanksgiving dinner. I also added some orange zest, just to give it a bit of a cranberry-orange flavour. They were good, but I was disappointed a bit, as they weren't as full of cranberry flavour as I expected. Next time I might add some dried cranberries to the mix. They were moist though, and the topping adds a nice crunch. The recipe I made filled the muffin cups to the top, so if you only filled them three-quarters full, you could actually get a baker's dozen, if you had an extra lonely muffin cup to use. :-)