Applesauce Egg Substitute

Amber Bracegirdle | Bluebonnet Baker

Learn how to use an applesauce egg substitute and find out in which dishes it works best!

There are many reasons you might be looking for something to replace the eggs in your recipes.

You may be cooking for someone with an egg allergy, or perhaps you are vegan and prefer to avoid all animal products. You may even have simply run out of eggs and be hoping to save yourself a trip to the grocery store!

Instant Pot Applesauce Photo

Well if you're looking for an alternative to eggs in a recipe where a binder is required, I have some good news for you! Applesauce works perfectly instead of eggs - and not only is it an adequate substitute, it actually makes some dishes healthier because it is lower in fat and cholesterol!

The reason applesauce makes such a good binder is that it's high in pectin, a soluble fiber that forms a gel when you mix it with water.

But do remember that - whilst fairly subtle - applesauce does have a flavor all of its own. Before using it, make sure it will compliment all the other flavors in your recipe!

Instant Pot Applesauce Picture

Applesauce egg substitute - sweetened or unsweetened?

It's always best to use unsweetened applesauce in place of eggs, purely so that the extra sweetness doesn't throw off your recipe. But if sweetened applesauce is all that you have, go ahead and use it. Just remember to cut back on the amount of sugar you use elsewhere in the dish.

Alternatively, why not make your own? Homemade applesauce is easy to make and utterly delicious!

If you have an Instant Pot, try this Instant Pot Applesauce recipe, which is ready in under 20 minutes. Leave out the cinnamon and sugar if you want a very plain, unsweetened result to use as an egg substitute in other recipes.

Instant Pot Applesauce Image

How much applesauce  to use in place of eggs?

Substitute 1 egg for 1/4 cup (or 4 tablespoons) applesauce in your recipes. 

Baking with an applesauce egg substitute

Applesauce can also be used as an egg substitute for baking. It doesn't give perfect results, however, and some people find that applesauce can make baked goods a little denser than they would like.

To counteract this, we recommend adding half a teaspoon of baking powder to every 1/4 cup of applesauce. (Note: baking soda is not the same as baking powder and won't have the same effect.)

The only exception would be if your recipe calls for 3 eggs or more. Substituting this many eggs would adversely affect the texture of the final result.

Instant Pot Applesauce Pic

In this case, check out some other egg substitutes you could try

Another problem with using applesauce as an egg substitute in baking is that the end result can sometimes be a little chewy.

This is because the fat in eggs provides a richness to the finished dish. To get around this, try adding a bit of extra fat to your recipe, in the form of oil or butter. 

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Amber Bracegirdle

About Amber

Amber is a native Texan, born to a family of fabulous cooks. She shares her love of all things Tex-Mex and Southern both on her blog, Bluebonnet Baker, and here on Food Fanatic. She heavily endorses the use of the contraction "y'all".