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How to Substitute Apple Sauce for Sugar in Oatmeal Cookies

By Stacey Anderson

Oatmeal cookies are a fiber-rich alternative to standard cookies. Each cup of oatmeal has 3.7 g of dietary fiber and almost 5 g of protein. If you are monitoring your intake of simple carbohydrates, replacing the sugar in an oatmeal cookie recipe with applesauce significantly reduces the grams of sugar. One half cup of sugar has 96 g of simple sugar, while 1/2 cup of applesauce has only 11.5 g of sugar. Replacing the sugar with applesauce has the added benefit of replacing sugar’s empty calories with nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, zinc, vitamin C, folate and lutein.

  1. Substitute an equal amount of applesauce for the oil in the oatmeal cookie recipe while omitting the sugar. Using applesauce instead of oil is an easy way to calculate the substitution. The result will be a chewy and mildly sweet cookie.

  2. Omit all of the liquid in the recipe except for the oil. Sum the amount of flour plus the amount of oatmeal in the recipe and divide in half. This is the amount of applesauce to add to the recipe. For example, if the recipe calls for 3/4 cup of flour and 1/4 cup of oatmeal, you could add 1/2 cup of applesauce for sweetness.

  3. Replace liquid sugar in a recipe, such as honey, with an equal amount of applesauce. The applesauce adds extra fiber to your cookie recipe.

  4. Add raisins or a small amount of the sweet herb stevia to the oatmeal cookie dough for added sweetness. Two to 4 tsp. of stevia powder is equal to the sweetness of 1/2 cup of sugar.

  5. Tip

    If the cookie dough is not firm enough, add 1 tbsp. or more extra flour.


    Baking times may be slightly longer; keep an eye on the cookies while they are in the oven.

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