The next time you bake, pay close attention the recipe and how much butter it calls for. You may have tried butter alternatives in the past but weren't satisfied with the results, but there's a tasty way to still produce wonderful baked goods with less fat and calories; replace the butter with applesauce!
When you replace half the suggested butter with applesauce, not only do you get the added apple flavour and nutrients, you also greatly reduce the calories and fat. When you consider that one cup of butter contains over 1,600 calories and over 180 grams of fat, you can see why this healthy alternative is popular.
Start with 50% butter and 50% applesauce, then work up to a complete 1:1 replacement of butter for a denser and more moist result. You will find the combination that is perfect for you. This applesauce alternative works best for quick breads, muffins and cakes where you don't need your baked goods to be crispy or crunchy. Use these helpful tips for the best results:
1. Be sure to use unsweetened applesauce or reduce the sugar requested in the recipe if using sweetened.
2. Use a mixer to thoroughly combine the applesauce with the other liquid ingredients before blending the liquids with the sugar.
3. With a spatula, fold in the dry ingredients until fully combined.
4. Bake as directed.
Applesauce is a healthy substitute for butter in suitable recipes. Try using it the next time you bake, or if you prefer, research some suggested recipes online to discover what’s possible. Whether you are looking for healthy baking tips or simple never use butter, applesauce is a great baking alternative. Not big on eggs either? Try replacing each large egg as called for in the recipe with 1/4 cup applesauce. If you feel adventurous and want to cut out fats and calories, check out other applesauce recipes online today and get cooking!