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Healthier Baking Ingredients

Plain, Low-Fat Yogurt

Using yogurt in place of oil or butter is one of the best ways to cut the fat, and
you can hardly taste the difference.

Works best in:

  • Cakes
  • Breads
  • Muffins

How to do it:

  • For every one cup of butter you take out, replace it with ¼ cup yogurt
    and ½ cup of butter.
  • Cut the recipe’s amount of oil by half.
  • Add ¾ cup of yogurt for every cup of oil that you remove from the recipe.
  • ¼ cup of yogurt can also replace one egg.

Banana:

Replacing butter in a recipe with banana makes a rich, dense product.

Works best in:  

  • Cakes
  • Breads
  • Muffins
  • Cookies

How to do it:

  • Using banana for butter may reduce cooking time by up to 25%,
    so keep an eye on your sweets!
  • ¼ cup of mashed banana can replace 1 egg. This works well with
    banana or zucchini bread.
  • Substitute the same amount of mashed banana for the butter in the recipe.
    If a recipe calls for 1/2 cup softened butter, use 1/2 cup with mashed banana.

Evaporated Milk (low-fat or skim):

Replacing heavy creams with evaporated milk is another great 
way to cut fat and calories.

Works best in:

    • Sweet Desserts

        How to do it:

        • Cook with the same amount of evaporated milk as you would cream.

        Egg Whites:

        Use egg whites, rather than the whole egg.

        Works best in:

        • Any baked goods

        How to do it:

        • Two egg whites can replace an egg in recipes.

        Applesauce:

        For cakes and bakes, you can reduce the sugar and fat content by
        adding applesauce.

        Works best in:  

        • Cakes
        • Cookies
        • Muffins
        • Fruit Dishes 

        How to do it:

        • Cut the sugar in half; then, add the same amount of applesauce plus
          about 1/3 more.
        • Take out 1/2 cup of the fat (butter or oil) in baked goods. Add 1/4 cup of
          applesauce instead.
        • 1/3 cup applesauce is the same as adding 1 egg in baked goods like cakes.

        More healthy food swaps and snacks can be found here.  


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