Substituting Butter with Applesauce

People often ask if you can substitute applesauce for butter. In some cases, this works great to reduce the amount of fat in a recipe.

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Applesauce – A Substitute for Butter in Baking

I don’t know about you. But when I look at older recipes and see the amount of butter, my heart sinks a little. I don’t want to add two sticks of butter to my cake batter. I can just imagine the fat cells building on my butt with every bite. But, you know… the oldies are goodies. The recipes our mothers and grandmothers usually created “Rock.”  So, when I was faced with making a scrumptious yet butter-infested chocolate cake for my daughter’s sixth birthday, I looked to the internet for a solution.

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I find that using a 1:1 ratio in quick breads that do not require yeast and muffins (the same amount of applesauce as the required butter) makes applesauce an excellent substitute for butter in baking. The exception would be a quick bread that already has fruit. Adding more fruit will make the batter watery, and the bread will be dense.

If you are baking a cake or other baked goods, you can cut the butter in half and substitute unsweetened applesauce for half of the butter required. The reason you won’t want to substitute the full amount of butter in this instance is that you need the fat to maintain the tenderness and structure in the recipe.

I have read about another substitute for butter, which is Greek Yogurt.

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