Unsalted butter can be substituted for butter

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Are you looking for a good butter substitute for baked and cooked recipes? There are many things that you can use as substitutes, but understanding your goals first helps. Some reasons to replace butter:

  • Reduce fat: You want to reduce or eliminate the fat in butter, but still get a good, tasty result. In this case, look for a fat or fat-free butter substitute.
  • Vegan: You want to eliminate all animal products from your diet. Using a product with vegetable fat is acceptable.
  • Non dairy: You want to exclude dairy products from your diet because of allergies, sensitivity, dietary restrictions, or ethical considerations. Vegetable fat is acceptable.
  • Ran out of butter: You don't want to go into business. You use whatever you have on hand to produce acceptable results.
  • Cost cutting: You want a substitute that costs less than butter or uses ingredients you already have on hand.

Fruit purees and applesauce as a butter substitute

Reduce the fat content in cakes, biscuits and muffins by replacing half of the butter prescribed in the recipe with unsweetened applesauce. If you want to go all the way, you can substitute butter for apple sauce one-on-one. This can change the consistency of your baked goods slightly (making them softer and cake-like), but the results should be more than satisfactory.

Other fruits that can be substituted are avocado, plum puree, pumpkin puree, or pureed banana.

These nutrients add nutrients and moisture to baked goods. Pumpkin should be used at a ratio of 3/4 cup pumpkin puree to each cup of butter in the recipe. Use about half of the mashed banana needed in a recipe. You can use the same amount of avocado as butter. Keep in mind that these substitutions will change the flavor and color of the recipe.

Use the one that suits you best.

Advantages: Vegan, dairy-free, low-fat, cost-saving (if you prepare it with homemade or extra fruit).

Using oil as a substitute for butter

Replace one cup of butter with 3/4 cup of vegetable oil. This substitute works in both baked and cooked recipes. Canola oil works well because it isn't heavily flavored. Olive oil can also be used, but it can change the flavor of the recipe a little. Vegetable oils are a little higher in fat than butter, but they are lower in saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol.

Advantages: Vegan, dairy-free, cost-saving

Coconut oil as a butter substitute

Likewise, coconut oil can be replaced with butter. Since it is solid at room temperature, it can also be used as a spread (although it tastes different from butter), and if you use it in recipes you can treat it like you would - melt it, beat it with sugar, etc. It has become popular in healthy eating circles as it has more of the kind of fats believed to be useful (for now). One downside is that it can be more expensive than butter or oil, and it still contains fat.

Advantages: Vegan, non-dairy

Greek yogurt as a butter substitute

Buy a large container of Greek yogurt and use it in place of butter when baking or if you need a spread for your toast.

Use half a cup of Greek yogurt in place of butter in a baking recipe. Spread it on baked goods and toast instead of butter.

Advantages: low in fat compared to butter

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See also:

  • Unsalted butter substitutes
  • How long is butter good?
  • How to Freeze Butter