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Insert Substitute Here, Part 1: Oil Me Up

16 Feb

Sometimes when the mood to bake strikes, you might not have all the ingredients that the recipe calls for. Perhaps you’re trying to go the healthier route, and want to use ingredients with less fat, sugar and cholesterol. Or maybe you have a food allergy that makes it necessary to use different foods. Whatever the case, this series of posts, Insert Substitute Here, will discuss various ingredient groups and offer ways you can substitute what the recipe calls for. Today’s topic is: Oil.

Oil can be your best friend of your worst enemy. Everyone needs some healthy oils, like the kinds you get from avocados, nuts, and olives. But too much oil in your diet increases fat consumption, increases your cholesterol and is not heart healthy. Most baking recipes include some kind of oil because it makes the dessert moist and helps bind the ingredients together. If you’re looking to decrease the amount of liquid fat in your diet, here are some fruity oil-substitutes you can put in your baked good. They’ll keep your cupcakes most and your cookies healthy!


This is a popular oil substitute that I have used myself. This is a healthy alternative because apples are low in saturated fat, cholestora This substitute has a 1:1 ratio–1 cup of oil=1 cup of applesauce.

Fruit Puree

If you’re not a fan of applesauce, you can use a puree of another type of fruit (popular ones are prune, apricot, and peach.) Many grocery stores carry pre-made fruit puree. Baby food also makes a great alternative. The ratio for this substitute is also 1:1.

Mashed Bananas

Keeping with the fruit theme, well-mashed bananas are another great substitute. Bananas are nutritious, are a great source of potassium, and will keep your dessert nice and moist (you don’t want dried out cupcakes!) This substitute has a 1:1 ratio. Note: If you use this substitute, you want you bananas to be a little on the ripe side.

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All these substitutes will make your desserts a little more dense than usual, and that’s totally normal. It won’t affect the taste.

Happy Baking! And remember–it’s a cake walk!

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