Applesauce Can Replace Fat In Baked Goods – More Fiber, More Vitamins, Healthier Snacks

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Did you know that you can substitute some (or even ALL) of the oil in your baked treats with applesauce? The result can be fewer calories, more fiber & vitamins and nearly zero difference to taste.

Whaaaaa….??? No, really!

Not only do I enjoy eating homemade applesauce straight from the jar, but it replaces a cooking item I typically have to buy. You can substitute applesauce for oil #TexasHomesteader

Most folks love applesauce, it’s delicious to eat on its own. But applesauce can also reduce the fat in your baked goods.

What To Do With Too Many Apples?

My aunt allowed us to harvest from her apple tree & bring home ten bushels worth of fresh apples! TEN bushels. T-E-N. Wow.  

Fresh apples in galvanized tub with autumn fall tree leaves on old reclaimed barn wood table #TexasHomesteader

From all those apples I’ve made:

Apple cider is a natural healthy and comforting hot drink. #TexasHomesteader

All are delicious, but today I was thinking about that applesauce. How versatile it is in my kitchen!

Making Homemade Applesauce

When I have lots of apples to process, I always make homemade applesauce. It’s the easiest of all to make. And I don’t add water, juice or sugar. Just apples! 

Homemade Applesauce is delicious and can be substituted for oil in your baked goods! #TexasHomesteader

I’m able to use all the bruised & blemished apples for applesauce. Simply peel & core and cut away any bad parts. Then chop into smaller pieces & chunk them  into a slow cooker.

I’ll cook the apples slowly overnight until they’re completely soft. Then I use a stick blender to blend it smooth the next morning. 

I share my procedure of making and optional canning of my Homemade Applesauce Here. Check it out if you’d like to make your own.

Jars of homemade applesauce with fresh apples in front. #TexasHomesteader

Not only do I enjoy eating applesauce straight from the jar, but it replaces a common cooking item I’d have to buy.

Substituting Oil With Applesauce In Baked Sweets

As you may or may not know, applesauce can replace some (or in some cases ALL) of the oil called for in your baked goods recipe.

Replacing oil with applesauce lowers the fat content of many baked treats and adds fiber & vitamins too. 

Plus my homemade applesauce is comprised of one ingredient and one ingredient only: Apples.

Use applesauce in place of oil in your baking for a lower fat higher fiber delicious result. #TexasHomesteader

So it’s an economic, health and environmental win too! Who wouldn’t love a trifecta win like that??

What Treats Can Be Baked With Applesauce In Place Of Oil?

Sometimes I’ll replace only half of the oil with applesauce. Other times I’ll replace ALL of the oil with applesauce.

Homemade Chocolate Brownies.

Chunky Apple Bread.

Cinnamon Spice Pear Cake

I haven’t’ tried the substitution yet on my Chocolate Crazy Cake or my cake-mix cookies. I’ll be sure to report back when I do!

What Are Benefits Of Substituting Oil With Applesauce?

No matter how much I substitute one thing is for sure, by using my homemade applesauce:

      • I’m saving money.

      • My baked goods have less fat & more fiber & vitamins so they’re healthier to enjoy.

      • Less landfill trash (less purchased bottled oil)


How Do Baked Goods Differ When Substituting Applesauce?

Depending on what you’re baking, substituting part or all of the oil could slightly alter the texture of the final product. 

These sugar free chocolate brownies are made with sweet potatoes! #TexasHomesteader

Typical changes I’ve experienced with baked goods with less oil is a more cakey texture. But I’ve never really noticed a taste difference.

So sometimes I replace all of the oil with applesauce for my baked goods. Other times I replace only half.

But pretty much any sweet baked goods I’ve made has had at least a portion of the oil replaced with a healthier option: applesauce instead of oil.

Try Substituting Part Of The Oil With Applesauce

Why not give it a try next time you’re baking up something sweet?

Start by substituting half of the oil with applesauce and see if there’s much difference at all. 

If that works for you, maybe next time substitute applesauce for all of the oil. Your family may be none the wiser that you’re feeding them healthier snacks. 

Don’t worry, I won’t tell! Shhhhhhh….


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2 thoughts on “Applesauce Can Replace Fat In Baked Goods – More Fiber, More Vitamins, Healthier Snacks

  1. Evelyn Edgett

    Do you have a recipe for the brownies made with applesauce? If they taste good, I MAY be able to slip them past the Redneck!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Yes ma’am Evelyn, the link is on the word “BROWNIES” highlighted within this post (but I’ll share it here as well –> ) The brownies are delicious even with ALL of the oil substituted with applesauce. But when 100% of the oil is replaced the texture changes to more of a cakey texture. I crave the chewey/bendy brownies so I typically substitute half and there’s very little change to the texture gained in the original recipe that way. Oh, and be sure to ice them with the quick frosting recipe I also link in that post. It absolutely brings these brownies to a whole different level. Enjoy! ~TxH~


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