Disclaimer: The cookbook and applesauce were given by Musselman's for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own.
Quick! Go to your grocery store and buy some Musselman's applesauce! Musselman's is pairing with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). Musselman's is donating ten cents for every package of Musselman's Natural and Healthy Picks applesauce purchased in the month of January. It's part of their Simple Steps, Big Impact initiative. Musselman's hopes that by pairing with the NBCF their consumers will be reminded to take the first simple step of having a mammogram for early breast cancer detection in 2011.
We've also become big fans of their Healthy Picks line. My husband adores the Granny Smith flavor, while my son and daughter ask for the Blueberry Pomegranate and Raspberry Acai flavors in the lunch boxes. We've not been such applesauce fiends in the past, but these Healthy Picks flavors have managed to win us over.
Musselman's was kind enough to send me a cookbook as part of their promotion - Substitute Yourself Skinny by Susan Irby. It's full of recipes that lighten up by using sensible substitutions - like replacing fat with applesauce when baking. There are lots of good looking recipes in this cookbook (and applesauce is only one of the many substitutions in the book). We recently tried the Cinnamon-Apple Pancakes. Delish! This recipe makes a great pancake using very little processed sugar and no fat - both are replaced by unsweetened applesauce. This recipe got two thumbs up from us all!
Cinnamon Apple Pancakes
from Substitute Yourself Skinny
1/2 cup plain flour (I used 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose and 1/4 cup whole wheat flour)
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (I doubled this because I'm crazy for cinnamon)
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup nonfat milk
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well. Add the milk and applesauce, and stir to combine.
Heat a griddle to medium heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter* onto the griddle for each pancake. Cook until the center begins to bubble and the edges are dry. Using a flat spatula, flip the pancakes and continue to cook until lightly browned.
*The batter for these pancakes is very thick. I had to use a spoon to kind of help the spread the batter out a bit on the griddle.