Preheat oven to 400 (F). Grease or line a mini muffin tray; set aside.
In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, whisk together applesauce, almond milk, oil, and maple syrup. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring until just combined.
Fill the mini muffin cups 2/3 of the way full, sprinkle each with a little cinnamon sugar, and bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through in the center (a cake tester should come out clean, with just a few crumbs attached). Allow the mini muffins to cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling wrack to cool completely. Repeat process with remaining muffin batter.
*Store muffins in an airtight container for up to 3 days or in the freezer for 3 months.
*Canola oil may be used in place of the oils listed above
*skim milk may be used in place of the almond milk
*this recipe will work using all-purpose flour in place of the whole wheat flour
*this recipe, made as is, is vegan and dairy free