Use applesauce as a moist binder in baking
Applesauce can be used as a substitute for oil when baking quick breads, cakes, and muffins, and adds a ton of moisture to certain baked goods.
Always buy unsweetened plain applesauce, so as not to affect the sugar levels of the recipe. Swapping in applesauce will affect the final consistency and texture of the baked good, so depending on what you’re making, you might want to first try subbing in the applesauce for half of the oil and experiment from there.
Blend cashews for crazy-creamy, dairy-free sauces
In place of butter or heavy cream, Chef Roszkowski suggests using soaked and pureed cashews as a thickener for soups, sauces, or condiments. It’s a healthy, protein-packed alternative that's delicious even if you do eat dairy.
By simply mixing in Sriracha, chipotle peppers, pesto, or minced sun-dried tomatoes, you have a wide range of ready-to-go creamy sauces that are perfect on meats, vegetables, and fish. However, if you’re counting calories, these nuts still have a lot, so don't go too... nuts!!