When you're baking muffins or quick bread or making waffles or pancakes, you can substitute applesauce (or pear sauce) or mashed ripe banana for a portion of oil. I generally sub 1/2 to 3/4 of the volume for muffins or quick bread, and about half for waffles or pancakes.
For the waffles or pancakes, make sure you've got a good non-stick surface.
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I often when baking cakes, quick bread sub 1/2 the oil for unsweetened applesauce. I tried this with pancakes yesterday and it was great. Couldn't tell the difference and made the whole recipe 500 calories less.
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