5 Surprising Butter Substitutes

    banana breadExtra butter can make foods taste so good, but what isn’t so good are the extra calories and increased health risks like high cholesterol that are served up as well. If you enjoy baking or eating baked goods, removing some or all of the butter from your favorite recipes can significantly reduce the amount of cholesterol and fat without reducing the taste. Next time you’re making a recipe that calls for butter, try using one of these healthier alternatives instead.

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    1. Avocado

    Have no fear – avocados won’t make your cookies taste “avocado-y” or look green! Replacing butter with avocado lowers the calorie count and makes your baked goods chewier. Substitute half the butter your recipe calls for (e.g., 1 cup butter = 1/2 avocado and 1/2 butter) with MASHED avocado and enjoy!

    2. Greek Yogurt

    Using plain Greek yogurt is a great way to reduce calories and saturated fat in a recipe. If you recipe suggests 1 cup of butter, use  1/2 cup of butter and 1/4 cup of full-fat Greek yogurt. Experiment with more or less yogurt to get the consistency and taste that works best for what you’re making.

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    3. Applesauce

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