Made by pureeing fresh apples with water, applesauce is a commonly used replacement when baking cakes and other desserts. You can substitute applesauce for oil in cake mix, and even substitute applesauce for oil in brownies, for a softer, and moist, sweet treat.
Applesauce Nutrition Information
According to the USDA, a 100-gram or 3 1/2-ounce serving of Mott's unsweetened applesauce supplies 44 calories, 11.11 grams of carbohydrates and 1.1 grams or roughly 4 percent of the daily value of fiber. Fiber in the diet comes in the form of soluble and insoluble fibers, which help in aiding more than just digestion. Diets that are rich in fiber allow for regular and smooth bowel movements, lower "bad" cholesterol levels, and may aid in reducing the incidence of diabetes.
If you're making homemade applesauce, using fresh apples will provide even more nutrients. The USDA says that one medium-sized apple offers 95 calories, and contains 4 percent of the daily value of potassium, about 194.7 milligrams. Potassium is a mineral that the body requires for muscle contraction, and adding potassium to your diet may also lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Apples are rich in vitamin C, which the U.S. National Library of Medicine explains is an antioxidant that allows the body to absorb iron. It is also necessary for bone and tissue growth. A medium-sized apple offers 8.4 milligrams, or 9 percent of the daily value, of vitamin C.
It also contains 3 percent of the daily value of vitamin K, and 2 percent of the daily value of vitamin E. These are two fat-soluble vitamins that help build immunity, prevent aging and play a role in the blood-clotting process.
Baking With Applesauce
If you're about to bake and realize that you're out of oil, don't panic. Instead, check your pantry for some fruits like apples and bananas. Mashed bananas and applesauce are both perfect replacements for oil in many baking recipes.
Substituting applesauce is one way to lower your overall dietary fat intake, and cuts total calories. With a 2-1 ratio for oil to applesauce, you can substitute applesauce for oil in cake mix, substitute applesauce for oil in brownies and even substitute applesauce for oil in cookies.
According to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, you can replace half of the fat in your baking recipe with applesauce. So if your recipe requires 1 cup of oil, you can substitute 1/2 cup of applesauce for 1/2 cup of oil. This works in pancakes or cakes, as in this LIVESTRONG.com recipe for Heather's Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Muffins.
It's important to note, however, that the resulting texture of the brownie or cake may be slightly different than if you were to use oil. Replacing oil with applesauce typically results in a less-chewy and softer baked treat. This substitution will likely also lessen the overall baking time.
If you substitute applesauce for oil in cake mixes, the overall baking time will likely decrease by 25 percent, according to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.