A Healthy Replacement
Do you want to bake your cake and eat it too – without guilt? Try replacing cooking oil or butter with delicious unsweetened applesauce! It will add moisture and flavor to your baking while cutting fat and calories.
You may think you’ll lose a lot of flavor, but not so. Amazingly the substituting of apple sauce does not diminish the texture and deliciousness of your baked goods.
TIPS FOR SUBSTITUTIONS:
Applesauce for Butter or Oil
Unsweetened applesauce can be used to replace part or all of the butter in a recipe. It can be swapped in equal quantities, so if a recipe calls for 2 cups of butter, you could replace as much of it as you’d like with applesauce, from a small amount such as 1/4 cup to the entire amount.
Substituting apple sauce for butter can often change the consistency. It is more forgiving in breads and cakes than in cookies. It is recommended not to remove more than half of the butter. If the recipe calls for 1/2 c butter change to 1/4 c butter plus 1/4 c apple sauce.
Applesauce for Eggs
Unsweetened applesauce can also be used as an egg substitute. At a conversion rate of 1/4 cup applesauce for 1 egg, this naturally sweet stuff can be swapped for eggs in recipes.
Applesauce for Sugar
You can substitute unsweetened applesauce for sugar in a 1:1 ratio in recipes, but you must reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe. Typically, reducing the liquid (milk, water, etc.) by 1/4 cup will do the trick. If there is no added liquid, no need to adjust.
Always watch your bake time and temperatures when replacing fats. Baked goods may not brown as quickly and it can be easy to overbake. Use a toothpick to test doneness.
To cut and serve reduced fat baked goods and prevent crumbling, let cool 10-15 minutes, then cut using a PLASTIC knife.
By making simple substitutions in your baking recipes, you can easily increase the health benefits and lower the cholesterol and fat content without sacrificing flavor. When enjoyed in moderation, these treats will give you a sweet fix but you can rest assured that you’ve made an investment in your health.