Can I use applesauce as a substitute for cooking oil?

Jackie Newgent
Nutrition & Dietetics
Yes, applesauce can be used as a substitute for at least some of the cooking oil in baked goods.

I generally recommend replacing up to half of the fat with an equal amount of unsweetened organic applesauce. Depending on that result, you can try to replace more the next time. This substitution can produce good results in light textured baked goods, like cake; however, applesauce has a high water content and may change the texture of other baked goods where crispness, for instance, is important.

For cookies, try some apple butter in place of some of the fat. For brownies, consider dried plum (prune) puree in place of some of the fat.

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