While the whole health picture is more complex than eating an apple a day to keep the doctor away, fruits and vegetables undeniably supply nutrition vital for good health. Apples, whether whole or as applesauce, contain fiber and vitamin C. Applesauce naturally contains no fat and few calories per serving if you choose unsweetened varieties or make your own. Enjoy it by itself or substitute it for fats in baked goods to keep them tender.
A cup serving of unsweetened applesauce provides about 100 calories and 2.7 grams of fiber, or 11 percent of the daily value. It’s an especially good source of soluble fiber, the type that dissolves into a gel-like substance and helps maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Applesauce also contains pectin, a special type of soluble fiber that’s particularly effective in reducing high cholesterol levels..
- No-stick cooking spray
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup Santa Cruz Organic® Apple Sauce
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons almond milk or milk
- 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
HEAT oven to 350°F. Coat 9-inch square pan with no-stick cooking spray.
For bars: BEAT butter, brown sugar and egg in large bowl with electric mixer, on medium speed, until fluffy. Gradually add apple sauce on low speed. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in separate medium bowl. Add flour mixture to apple sauce mixture. Beat on low speed with electric mixer until blended. Stir in walnuts. Spread batter in prepared pan.
BAKE 19 to 21 minutes or until toothpick placed in center is clean. Cool completely on wire rack.
For frosting: MELT butter in 1 quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir in milk and brown sugar. Boil mixture for one minute stirring constantly. Remove pan from heat. Transfer mixture to medium bowl. Cool 10 minutes. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Spread over cooled cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Recipe courtesy of Santa Cruz Organic
Notes & Tips:
Unsweetened applesauce can be used to replace part or all of the butter in a recipe. It can be swapped in equal quantities, so if a recipe calls for 2 cups of butter, you could replace as much of it as you’d like with applesauce, from a small amount such as 1/4 cup to the entire amount. Using all applesauce in a cake or bread will give it a lot of moisture, but also a lot of density, so consider this when choosing how much of the butter to replace in your recipe.
Make it a goal to source locally grown organic produce, organic pastured eggs, raw dairy products, oils, and grass-fed meats as much as possible.