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My Mother never used oil in baking, always her homemade applesauce. She would put in about a TBS more than recommended.
For the most part I use 1 to 1 in using fruit sauce in place of oil. You will need to use a non-stick cooking spray to coat your pans. You can further reduce calories and fat with the following:
replace the 4 eggs with 8 egg whites.
use unsweetened apple sauce and pinapple packed in juice rather than syrup (i.e. no sugar added).
replace all or part of the sugar with splenda or xylitol.
you can replace part of the flour with whole wheat and or soy flour, but you may need to increase the amound of baking powder if you do this since the gluten content of other flours affects how well it rises.
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I have this carrot & pineapple cake which my family loves but I would like to lower the calories so I was thinking of putting applesauce in place of oil but how much do I put? Is it 1 cup applesauce for 1 cup oil??
Here's my recipe below and if you have any suggestion on how else I can lower the calories that would be great. If you'd like the full recipe it's in my recipe box.
Egg, fresh, 4 large
Cinnamon, ground, 1 tsp
Salt, 1 tsp
Canola Oil, 1 cup
Pineapple, canned, 1 cup, crushed, sliced, or chunks
Carrots, raw, 2.50 cup, grated
Baking Powder, 2 tsp
Baking Soda, 1.50 tsp
Granulated Sugar, 1 cup
Flour, white, 2 cup