New Thing #24 – Healthy Muffin vs. Regular Muffin Taste Test

I love to bake cupcakes and muffins and I recently heard that you can substitute applesauce for oil when baking to make it healthier, so I decided to set up a battle royale between a healthy muffin and a regular muffin.  I decided to use a muffin mix box partly because I was lazy and partly because I didn’t want to mess up the muffins by making them from scratch.  I divided the mixture in half and used 1/8 cup of applesauce in one part and 1/8 cup of oil in the other.  There are 480 calories in that amount of oil and only 25 in the applesauce.  I ended up with more batter from the applesauce portion.  I’m not sure why.  I thought I measured half correctly, but maybe the applesauce just doesn’t mix together as small.  After baking them at the same time, I tried them both to see if they tasted different.

There is definitely a difference in the taste and the texture.  The oil muffins are definitely fluffier than that applesauce muffins.  I thought the oil muffins tasted a little sweeter than the applesauce ones.  But the applesauce ones don’t taste bad.   And if I wasn’t comparing them, I probably wouldn’t notice anything strange about the applesauce muffins.  A difference of over 450 calories is a lot, so if you’re trying to be healthy I would definitely recommend trying this method. I think the next time I will try substituting half the oil with applesauce and get the health benefits but still get the taste.

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