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The Bran Muffin recipe is one of the few baking recipes that I feel applesauce works well in. Many recipes use applesauce to replace fat. However, because fat helps trap the air released by leavening agents (in this case the baking powder), using applesauce results in a denser and moister recipe. I like these muffins for that reason but notice that there is still use of an egg and grapeseed oil; the recipe doesn't rely solely on the applesauce.
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce = 52 calories, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 0g mono fat, 0g protein, 14g carbohydrates, 2mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol