Did you know that you can substitute applesauce for the fat portion of your ingredients in baking. If you are baking cookies for example; you can substitute the same amount of applesauce for the amount of butter/margarine/or oil it calls for. The result is a fluffier cookie. Tastes great with a lot less calories.
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Applesauce with crackers- sounds weird - but a tasty alternative to fatty dips
Next time you are going to have crackers and dip for a snack. Try a little unsweetened applesauce instead. the mix of the sweet and salty is really satisfying at a fraction of the calories. Add some sliced pears, grapes and a small serving of sliced cheese and you have a nice light lunch!
Unsweetened applesauce is an excellent fat (eg, oil, butter or shortening) substitute for many baked goods. Generally, you use half as much applesauce as the recipe calls for fats. You will need to experiment some, because different fats produce different chemical reactions (eg, thickening, crispness) that applesauce doesn't always replicate. Worth the effort for the huge amount of calories saved!
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