applesauce - clean baking substitute


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applesauce - clean baking substitute

When it comes to clean and healthy baking, applesauce it essential! Not only can it be used as a substitute for oil, lowering the total fat and calorie content of the baked good, but it also adds natural sweetness meaning you can cut back on sugar/sweetener which is always a plus.

Applesauce as a substitute for oil/butter:

Applesauce works great as a substitute for oil or butter, bearing in mind the texture of your baked good may be slightly different. It gives a softer and sweeter finish. And if you’re substituting for butter you’ll obviously lose the buttery taste.

Generally, when substituting applesauce for oil in baking, use a 1:1 ratio. So if a recipe calls for 1/4 cup oil, substitute that with 1/4 cup applesauce. However, this is not always the case, when baking cookies for example. You may need to use slightly less applesauce to make sure the cookies are not too soft.

If you’re not 100% keen on the texture that applesauce gives you when baking, you could always use half the amount of oil and substitute the other half for applesauce instead of substituting the whole amount.

Apples are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber which make them a much more nutritious option compared to oil and butter.

1/4 Applesauce

25 calories

1/4 Sunflower oil

480 calories

1/4 Butter

400 calories

Applesauce as a substitute for eggs:

Applesauce can also be used as a substitution for eggs, if you’re vegan or can’t eat eggs. Generally speaking, you can substitute one egg for 1/4 cup applesauce.

A couple of tips when using applesauce:

Always try to buy unsweetened applesauce to reduce calories and to make it easier for you to control the sweetness. I find that baby food applesauce is the best because it won’t contain any additives and is usually organic. Most of the time I use my own homemade applesauce, it’s super easy to make and you’ll know exactly what’s gone into it!

Applesauce works best in cakes, breads and muffins. If you use it in baking cookies, expect them to turn out soft.

Another thing to bare in mind is that the lack of oil means you will probably need less baking time and that your baked goods may dry out if left too long, so you may need to reduce the baking time. Make sure you keep your eyes on them!

Recipes using applesauce:


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