Substitution: Applesauce instead of Butter
I’m going to preface by saying that nothing is going to taste as good as butter in any number of instances. I don’t care how healthy popcorn without butter is with butter it’s awesome, but remember we’re trying to eat healthier and it has to start somewhere.
Once you start eating healthy or healthier, you’ll soon discover that you have to learn how to cook because most of the boxed stuff just doesn’t come close to healthy. One area that I started to master was that of baking. Yes, sometimes I like to treat myself to something sweet and not altogether perfect. Muffins, yes, it’s an achilles heal for me and the only time I cook muffins is for a cheat day.
Just because it’s part of a cheat meal doesn’t mean it can’t be a little healthier. My favorite recipe is one that I kind of came up with based off of cereal muffins. The only thing is it used a half a stick of butter. Even though its part of a cheat meal, I still couldn’t bring myself to use the butter, so I remembered some wavy gravy friend told me that they use applesauce instead of butter.
So, applesauce for half a cup is 50 calories (Organic and unsweetened), half a cup of butter is like 800, so, come on, it’s worth a try right. You use the same amount of applesauce as the recipe calls for butter. Let me tell you that the first time I tried this I thought it would taste horrid, but it actually *gasp* tasted better than butter.
Now I’m going to give you the recipe for my favorite muffins:
Special K Red berry cereal muffin:
1 1/4 cup flour
3 Teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups Special K Red berry cereal
1 1/4 cup Almond Milk (second substitution that I’ll write more about in another post)
1/2 cup Applesauce
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
Directions: Put the cereal and milk into a bowl and let it soak. Makes it easier later on. Add all the wet ingredients. In a seperate bowl mix the dry ingredients. Once the cereal is soggy mix in the dry ingredients to make the batter. I use monster sized muffin tins, but any will do, just grease the tin, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes (ovens vary, mine is perfectly done at 23 minutes.)
Right now, you need to shut your mouth, I know that this isn’t the most healthy muffin, but as you know from my article Bad, Better, Best, this is what I would call a better option. It’s not totally healthy and not totally unhealthy, it’s in that grey area inbetween, and considering its on a cheat meal, it’s alright to splurge a little bit.
Now someone come up with a best option that isn’t totally repulsive for muffins, hmm, actually I have one, but I’ll save that for another time. Let’s just say it involves oatmeal cookies made with mashed bananas.