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MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (7,343)
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3/9/13 5:57 A

I would add a little stevia as sweetener. Apple sauce is generally used as a fat replacement in recipes more so than a sweetener.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (137,682)
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3/8/13 5:39 P

I use pureed apple in a LOT of my recipes - Chocolate Cake/Muffins; Date Loaves; Apricot cakes/loaves, mostly, you name it and apple will be in it. I just core them (don't peel them), slice them, microwave them and blitz them with a wizz stick. It doesn't alter the taste. If you make banana loaf/cake etc. it will definitely taste of banana. A plus to doing this is that I can reduce the amount of oil and sugar.

Kris

NIRERIN Posts: 12,026
3/8/13 4:36 P

i use plain applesauce [apples, water are the ingredients] sometimes in my banana bread and it doesn't really make it sweet or appley. i also don't add any spices to it. the applesauce just replaces the wet from oil.

SPKRAUSE Posts: 543
3/8/13 11:30 A

I don't use applesauce as a main sweetener, though I use it in a number of baked goods, especially if I'm making something vegan for the SO.

But it does *help* with the sweetness. I find that there's not much 'apple' flavor that remains, especially depending on the other ingredients. Cocoa, cinnamon, and the like completely mask it. In any case, I use it *or* canned pumpkin in place of oil and/or eggs when the eggs and oil are there for the sake of moisture. There are some chocolate 'cakes' and brownies that work this way, though I find them both spongier than if I'd used eggs and oil ... and both are quite moist.

Anyway, you said banana bread: first -- yes, you should be able to use it. Quick bread and all. Supplement with a good amount of cinnamon or other spices. And second, google for vegan banana bread recipes, not that you're trying to make a vegan one, because they'll probably use pumpkin or applesauce.

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3/8/13 10:38 A

So I have plans to make banana bread and am thinking about trying it using applesauce or another food as a natural, better sweetener. Will the applesauce add sweetness or a flavor to the bread that tastes like bananas with apple flavoring? I am curious because I am one who doesnt typically eat applesauce unless it homemade. I want to try it, I dont know if I would keep making the same recipe if it tastes like the one food I am not a fanatic of. Any suggestions or good spark recipes for foods that use this as a sweetener to try would be great.

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