Raw Applesauce for Vegan Baking

10 Jun

Raw Applesauce

Ariel asked “Do you think raw applesauce will work as well as regular applesauce as a substitute for butter in baking?”

Ariel, good news! Raw applesauce does WORK as a substitute for oils in quick bread recipes. As an experiment, I baked Vegan Blueberry Muffins and Vegan Zucchini Bread this morning with raw applesauce. I got excellent results! We have company today and the 12 pieces of Blueberry Muffins are already gone and only half of the Zucchini Bread is left. Not only did I have the chance to tell everyone about Vegan foods, but what a great way to further Un-Process our food!

Note: I just pureed unpeeled raw apples without honey or seasonings. You can add another sweetener if you prefer, but honey denatures at around 120F to 140F. Also, check your quick breads 5 minutes before the specified finish time. I found my muffins and breads were baked quicker than usual.

Vegan Blueberry Muffins

Vegan Zucchini Bread

4 Responses to “Raw Applesauce for Vegan Baking”

  1. arielsonique June 10, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    Thank you SO VERY much! This is extremely helpful!

    I cross-posted all over the web yesterday and received pretty mixed responses. People expressed doubts about pectin content, sogginess etc. I was not very confident at all – considering I got 50/50 opinions on whether the whole thing would be disaster. You are the only one who not only did not discourage me but went a long step further and actually baked using my suggestion! AND you have a grand success using raw apple mush in baking right here! 🙂

    Thanks once again! I am going to try the raw applesauce for baking this weekend!

    PS: I discovered your blog looking for raw applesauce recipés and I absolutely love it! I too, need to get processed food out of my life completely. I am not at the completely-raw food stage yet because I love cooking but I try and eat as many raw constituents as possible in each meal. Thanks for all the inspiration!

    My blog is here: tinypliny.estrip.org

    • Mama In The Kitchen June 10, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

      Note: I didn’t add any water to the raw apple mush. And my recipes only required 1/4-1/2 cup of oil and I substituted all with raw applesauce. I think we’re on to something here!!!! Ariel, let us know how your speculoos turn out!


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