The Applesauce Swap

I love the idea of making some of our family’s favorite recipes a little healthier. So I’ve been experimenting with replacing all or part of the fat in certain recipes with applesauce for a long time. My degree of success has varied depending on the recipe and the type of applesauce used, but I haven’t given up on the experimenting. In fact, it’s something I’ve wanted to work on more and write about here for a long time.

When Mom Central provided me with the opportunity to test out some Tree Top products (applesauce, apple juice and apple juice concentrates), I jumped at the chance. Unfortunately with the move, I haven’t had time to do as much experimenting as I was hoping for. However, I do plan to go through my archives here and attempt an applesauce swap for several of the recipes. Once I do, I’ll let you know how they turn out.

I’m also very excited to try Tree Top’s suggestion of using 3/4 cup of apple juice concentrate in place of 1 cup of sugar. I’ve never heard of that as an alternative in baking and I can’t wait to try it out in my kitchen. If you’ve ever used this substitution, I’d love to hear how it turned out for you!

Although I didn’t get to all of my experimenting, I did get to a few recipes. So far, I have successfully swapped out the fat completely in favor of applesauce in both my Morning Glory Muffins and my Oatmeal Breakfast Bars. Next on the list is my Ditch The Box Brownies. I think I’ll start with half applesauce and go from there. I haven’t yet decided which recipe to attempt the concentrate for sugar swap though. So many decisions!

In addition to the little bit of baking I’ve done, I’ve also been using apple juice as a sweet snack for the kids. We have made several batches of apple juice ice cubes that they just love to suck on. We’ve also made smoothies with apple juice and even one batch of apple juice slush in the ice cream maker. They’ve all been a huge hit. Am I missing any other good ideas for keeping the kids cool with apple juice?

You can visit the Tree Top website to learn more about the 50th Anniversary of “America’s Secret Ingredient” as well as enter their recipe contest or download some other fantastic recipes.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Tree Top and received products necessary to facilitate my candid review. In addition, I received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.

8 thoughts on “The Applesauce Swap

  1. I’ve been doing this trick for awhile. While we are cooking with more healthy fats in our diet now, I do try to venture away from vegetable and corn oils, and so often use applesauce as a replacement. I have yet to find a recipe I didn’t like it in.

    (funny you’re blogging about it today – it’s my next Tuesday’s Tips entry LOL)

  2. I have only tried swapping applesauce for oil in my A-Z bread recipe that I use to make mini banana muffins. I found them to be too sticky and hard to get out of the muffin tin. I suppose it would work if I used muffin liners but I usually just like to pop them out and cool and then freeze. I will have to try your success recipes (no oven for me right now, its like 112 outside… can you say FAH-GET-About it!)

  3. I use applesauce as a sub for 1/2 or all part of oil in a recipe – always tastes YUM!

  4. ive used applesauce in a lot of baking recipes, muffins, breads, cake. I tried it with brownies, but it did not give the texture i like in brownies, so i still use all oil/butter in them. I like gooey chewy brownies and when ive used the applesauce they are cake like…

    i had never heard of using the concentrate for sugar, so im curious to see if anyone else does.

  5. I really appreciate you actively trying to make recipes healthier. I’ve been trying to change my family’s eating for a while now, changing things little by little – but it’s hard to search and track down healthy recipes.

    I look forward to your future healthy posts 🙂

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