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How to Substitute Avocado for Butter.

If there’s one ingredient that’s always stocked in my kitchen, it’s avocado. Avocados are full of heart healthy fat, yummy flavor – and I just can’t get enough.

That’s why I was excited to learn that avocado makes for a great butter substitute in baked goods. Doing so dramatically reduces the saturated fat content while still keeping the food both delicious and rich. And fear not: Substituting with avocado won’t turn your banana bread or chocolate cookies green or dramatically change the flavor; you’re only using a small amount.

Here are the tips:

  1. When substituting avocado for butter, a one to one ratio is recommended. A tablespoon of avocado replaces a tablespoon of butter.
  2. Mash up the avocado to make it as smooth as possible.
  3. Because avocado is a bit drier than butter, you may want to increase the wet ingredients slightly.
  4. Many avocado enthusiasts recommend replacing half of the butter with avocado. In other words, if your recipe calls for four tablespoons of butter, replace it with 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of avocado.
  5. If you’re fully replacing butter with avocado, reduce your cooking temperature by 25 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent burning or browning.

Give it a try. It’s a small but mighty substitution – and every little bit counts! When you make small changes over and over again, it leads to big results.

Want more ideas? Check out these other healthy substitutions.

Bon appetite!

17 Best Healthy Recipe Substitutions.

Speaking of Canadian bacon... Yum!

One of the great advantages to cooking at home is that you can control what goes into the food you eat. It’s your food and it’s your body.

To take your healthier cooking commitment to the next level, I’d encourage you to experiment with some of these amazing food substitutions. Though recipes might call for unhealthy ingredients, feel empowered to try these delicious and flavorful replacements:

  1. Bacon: Try Canadian bacon or turkey bacon instead.
  2. White bread: Whole grain bread.
  3. White flour: Black beans, drained and rinsed, or whole wheat flour.
  4. Butter: Unsweetened applesauce, avocado puree, prune puree or just cut the amount of butter in half.
  5. Cream: Fat-free milk.
  6. Cream cheese: Low-fat cream cheese.
  7. Sugar: Unsweetened applesauce, or cut sugar in half and add some vanilla.
  8. Frosting: Use meringue instead.
  9. White rice: Brown rice.
  10. Pasta: Zucchini ribbons.
  11. Breadcrumbs: Rolled oats.
  12. Beef: Bison – it’s lower in fat and has more vitamins.
  13. Ground beef: Ground turkey.
  14. Sour cream: Greek yogurt.
  15. Mayo: Mashed avocado.
  16. Salt: Herbs.
  17. Soda: Seltzer water.

Do you have any healthy recipe substitutions that you use at home? Let me know in the comments!