How to Substitute Applesauce for Oil in Baked Goods

Cut calories and fat from your favorite baked goods with this simple swap.

Just because you are trying to eat healthier doesn’t mean your sweet tooth goes away. Luckily there’s an easy way to have your cake and eat it too; use applesauce instead of oil in your baking recipes. Believe it or not, you can cut a ton of fat and calories from your baked goods with this simple swap.

Intrigued? Keep reading to learn how to substitute applesauce for oil, plus learn about the health benefits.

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How to Substitute Applesauce for Oil

Simply swap out half of the oil in the recipe with applesauce. For example, if the recipe calls for a cup of oil, add 1/2 cup of oil and 1/2 cup of applesauce.

Substituting applesauce for oil will change the texture of your baked goods, so first replace half of the oil, and see how it turns out. If you test it out and are happy with the results, you can then experiment with replacing more of the oil, a bit at a time.

Editor’s note: We recommend using unsweetened applesauce to avoid over-sweetening and adding additional calories to your recipe.

How Much Healthier is Applesauce?

For every 1/2 cup of oil replaced with applesauce, you will save 900 calories and 110 grams of fat. Since these saving are for the entire baked good, divide the calories or grams of fat saved by the number of servings for updated nutritional counts.

By the way, here’s the difference between vegetable, canola, olive and coconut oil.

Replacing part, or all, of the oil with applesauce in your favorite baked goods can save you enough calories to stay on track, or earn yourself a second helping!

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Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.