Do you love to bake? Or does your family love when you bake? Whether you bake a lot or a little, we have a baking hack you need to know! Not only can this hack save you when you’re halfway through a recipe and realize you’re out of oil or butter, but it can also save you some calories! We won’t keep you on the edge of your seat any longer. Here’s the baking hack.

You can replace oil or butter with applesauce in nearly any baked good.

That’s right! Applesauce is a 1:1 replacement for oil, so if your recipe calls for half a cup of oil, use half a cup of applesauce instead. If you find yourself in the middle of a recipe and out of oil, use applesauce instead! This trick works in cakes, muffins, cookies, brownies, and any kind of sweet baked good. Even if you’re not out of oil, applesauce is a healthier alternative. Check out the calorie breakdown below.

  • One cup of coconut oil: 1,879 calories
  • One cup of olive oil: 1,910 calories
  • One cup of canola oil: 1,927 calories
  • One cup of avocado oil: 1,927
  • One cup of vegetable oil: 1,984 calories
  • One cup of applesauce: 102 calories

As you can see, applesauce has significantly less calories than any of these cooking oils, not to mention less fat. We recommend using unsweetened applesauce, since applesauce is naturally sweet. Additionally, you might consider using less sugar than what the recipe calls for, to account for the applesauce replacement. Alternatively, use the recommended amount of sugar; if it seems too sweet, just use less next time!

We hope this baking hack comes in handy for you in the near future!