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October 14, 2011 8:30 AM
I've seen a lot of threads about people using applesauce in baking recipes in place of cooking oil to make a healthier recipe. Can I use this rule in all baking recipes? I'm sure I can't use this rule in any other cooking besides baking, right? Can I use it to substitute for any kind of oil in baking recipes or just a certain kind of oil, i.e. canola oil, EVOO, etc? What kind of applesauce do I use? Is it a straight 1:1 substitution ratio? For example, if the recipe calls for 1/4 cup of canola oil do I just use a 1/4 cup of applesauce instead?

Thanks everyone!
  5110833
October 14, 2011 8:35 AM
I can never get it work right. Other people bake cookies and cakes and you can't tell but when I try it totally screws up the texture. :-(
  4435083
October 14, 2011 8:38 AM
Make sure it is unsweetened applesauce. Store bought is best instead of homemade. And yes pretty much any sweet baking recipie ie cakes cookies brownies. And yes it is an even ratio if it calls for a 1/4 cup use a 1/4 cup. My family has been doing this for years and it always turns out so moist and delisious.
October 14, 2011 8:38 AM
No, it doesn't translate when cooking.

I ALWAYS use applesauce instead of oil when baking, every single time. I've used regular applesauce, cinnamon, strawberry, etc. It depends on the flavor you want and if you're wanting to experiment. Use plain applesauce if you're not looking for a variance. No sugar-added is a great option.

Yes, it's a 1:1 ratio.

Good luck!
  7782557
October 14, 2011 8:40 AM
I just had wondered that this weekend when I got my nifty new brownie pan from QVC! Unfortunately I didn't ave enough apple sauce but in search for how much to sub the oil for I came across the answer. Check out AllrecIpes.com search " common ingredient substitutions" . It shows a whole list of subs for different things. It showed for 1 cup veg oil use 1 cup applesauce or I was going sub the same amount as the recipe called for-1/4. Check out the site thou!
October 15, 2011 5:02 AM
OMG!! I need help. I have to bake cookies this weekend. I wanted to make peanut butter blossoms. It would be great if I could cut out the oil to save on some calories.

Can I do this? I've replaced oil with applesauce in my banana bread and zucchini bread, but never in cookies. I'd hate to waste cookie batter to see if it works.. anyone tried it ??

Please !!
  10218680
October 15, 2011 5:28 AM
This sounds brilliant! Can you use homemade apple sauce? Only I have a whole lot of apples from my neighbours tree just waiting to be made into apple sauce. Will this work? Any ideas would be most welcome as I need to bake today.
October 15, 2011 5:35 AM
You can replace half the oil in a recipe for muffins (never tried with cakes) for 1.5 times the amount of greek yoghurt. A bit trickier to work out, but worth it!

I do this with my morning glory muffins, which is something I make a lot, so I just wrote in the new measurements/ingredients.

The recipe calls for 1 cup of oil, so I make them with half a cup plus two tablespoons of greek yoghurt. They always turn out great!
  11030279
October 15, 2011 9:45 AM
Does anyone know if there is an "applesauce" flavor to your dish if you use it?
  10276311
October 15, 2011 10:08 AM
I use home made applesauce. Just make sure you mash it really really thoroughly. And no there's no applesauce flavor when you use it. I actually use applesauce to replace 3/4 of the oil and about 1/2 the sugar in recipes.
October 15, 2011 10:09 AM
QUOTE:

OMG!! I need help. I have to bake cookies this weekend. I wanted to make peanut butter blossoms. It would be great if I could cut out the oil to save on some calories.

Can I do this? I've replaced oil with applesauce in my banana bread and zucchini bread, but never in cookies. I'd hate to waste cookie batter to see if it works.. anyone tried it ??

Please !!

I don't think it works for cookies?
October 15, 2011 10:12 AM
QUOTE:

OMG!! I need help. I have to bake cookies this weekend. I wanted to make peanut butter blossoms. It would be great if I could cut out the oil to save on some calories.

Can I do this? I've replaced oil with applesauce in my banana bread and zucchini bread, but never in cookies. I'd hate to waste cookie batter to see if it works.. anyone tried it ??

Please !!


You can do it for cookies but they'll come out with more a cake-like consistency than a cookie consistency. Personally I have no problem with that. ~_^
October 15, 2011 11:46 AM
Big Thanks!!! I'm so scared to try! haha.
  10218680
October 16, 2011 1:05 PM
I always use applesauce when I'm baking and my goodies always turn out great! AND moist!
Banana bread, cupcakes, cake, brownies, muffins! Endless options!

ALSO! Plain/vanilla yogurts also work as an oil substitute as well as canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) and other fruit purees :)

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