Love baked goods, but not the high fat and calories that come along with them? Fortunately, there’s one simple swap you can make to lighten them up and even boost their nutritional value — replacing oil with unsweetened apple sauce. This healthier ingredient is naturally sweet, moist and low in fat, making it a great way to reduce calories without sacrificing the texture or flavor.
Before running to the kitchen to get baking with apple sauce, the Green Valley team has three tips for you to keep in mind:
Tip #1: Be selective when substituting.
This substitution works well with baked goods that tend to be more moist and dense such as cakes, muffins and breads. With apple sauce already full of moisture and flavor, it’s the perfect substitute to enhance these tasty features.
On the other hand, incorporating apple sauce into cookies can be tricky. The added moisture from the apple sauce typically causes them to develop a cake-like texture; so, if you prefer your cookies chewy or crispy, it’s recommended that you stick to using butter or oil.
Tip #2: Watch your bake time.
Baking times tend to be a bit shorter when replacing oil with apple sauce. But, have no fear! The tooth pick trick is an easy way to test doneness and prevent your baked goods from drying out.
Simply, insert a toothpick into the center of your baked goods. When it comes out clean and batter-free, they’re ready to remove from the oven.
Tip #3: Practice your ratios.
As we mentioned before, substituting oil with apple sauce is an easy swap! However, the ratio can vary depending on the type of baked good. The ratio for cakes, muffins and breads is 1:1; so, for every ¼ cup of oil required in the recipe, you should substitute ¼ cup of unsweetened apple sauce instead.
Cookies and brownies take a bit more experimentation, as you want to find a texture that works with your personal preference. It’s recommended that you start by only replacing ½ of the oil measurement with apple sauce. So, if your recipe calls for ½ cup oil, you should use ¼ cup oil and ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce.
Now, after you’ve read our handy tips, you’re ready to get started! Head to the store, look for our organic Green Valley apple sauce and hit the kitchen.