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 cookies, muffins, cakes, brownies, basically any baked good.
Substituting applesauce for oil is very simple. The ratio is one to one (applesauce to oil) however 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 can change the chemistry of a recipe and it could flop.
To keep that from happening, 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, then the first time I make the recipe I will use 1/4 cup applesauce and 1/4 cup of oil. If the recipe is a success and I don’t notice a big difference in taste or texture, I’ll increase the applesauce by 1/8 a cup the next time I make it. If it works again I’ll substitute applesauce for the the entire amount of oil.
For some recipes, you can substitute the entire amount and for some only half the amount and it still results in a delicious outcome. Either way, using applesauce instead of the entire amount of oil called for in a recipe will save on calories and fat without altering the taste. An easy (and inexpensive) healthy baking tip!
When making muffins use a cookie scoop to scoop muffins into the muffin tins. This will ensure that all your muffin tins are filled evenly and you have less mess on the outside of the tin to clean up when you are done!
Here are a few of our favorite muffin recipes that I personally substitute applesauce for oil:
(substitute 1/4 cup canola oil with 1/4 cup applesauce)
(substitute 1/4 cup oil with 1/4 cup applesauce)
(replace 1/2 cup canola oil with 1/2 cup applesauce)
What is your favorite healthy substitute in recipes?