Substituting applesauce for oil is one of my favorite healthy baking tips. Applesauce is inexpensive to buy, easy to make, and healthier for you than oil. You can substitute applesauce for oil in many of your baking recipes.
Substituting with applesauce is very simple. Use the same amount of applesauce as you would oil. Most of the cookbooks I’ve read say that you shouldn’t use more than 1/4 a cup of applesauce as a substitute for oil. Using more change change the chemistry of a recipe and it might flop.
My suggestion is to start with 1/4 a cup and increase it incrementally if the recipe calls for more oil. For example, if a recipe calls for 1/2 a cup of oil the first time I make the recipe I will use 1/4 cup applesauce and 1/4 cup of oil. If the recipe works, I’ll increase the applesauce by 1/8 a cup the next time. If it works again I’ll substitute applesauce for the the entire amount of oil.
What is your favorite healthy substitute?
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