Try this healthy substitute in brownies, sandwiches, and more.

By Real Simple
Updated April 12, 2007
Apples and applesauce
Credit: Yunhee Kim

Applesauce is more than just a zero-cholesterol side dish. So think outside the jar and try adding some to the foods below.

  • Brownies and muffins: Cut the fat grams per serving by replacing ⅓ to ½ of the oil with an equal amount of unsweetened applesauce.
  • Blender drinks: To sweeten smoothies and shakes made with tart fruits, add applesauce to taste.
  • Sandwiches: For turkey and roast chicken, combine ½ cup applesauce with 2 tablespoons chopped dried cranberries and 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts.
  • Waffles and pancakes: Skip the syrup and use cinnamon applesauce and a spoonful of vanilla yogurt instead.

If you're interested in making your own applesauce, start with fresh Cortland or McIntosh apples. Be sure to brush up on how to store apples properly to prevent your fruit from becoming mealy.