Healthy Baking Swaps

Who says baked goodies can’t be healthy?

Fall is in the air and that means it’s baking season. Lighten up your favorite recipes with a few simple swaps.  The treats will taste so good your family will never know the difference!

This list of easy swaps will help you lighten up your favorite recipes without sacrificing taste:


Applesauce: Use this to replace oil or butter in bread recipes. Replace half the amount of butter in your recipe with applesauce; if the recipe calls for one cup of butter, use half a cup of butter and half a cup of applesauce. Try this in cookies and muffins too!

 Banana: Mash a banana and use it in place of an egg or mix with an egg white for recipes that call for several eggs. Works well in cakes!

 Avocado: Substitute half the amount of butter in a baking recipe with a mashed avocado. Using avocado not only lowers the calorie content but also adds healthy fats. The texture of the baked good ends up fluffier and chewier when substituting avocado for butter. Try this in breads, cookies, and cakes.

 Greek Yogurt: Replace half the amount of butter in your cookie recipes with full-fat plain Greek yogurt. For example, if the recipe calls for one cup of butter, use half a cup of butter and one quarter cup of yogurt. You’ll reduce the calories and the saturated fat. Play around with using more yogurt and less butter to see if you still like the taste and consistency.

 Evaporated Milk: Use evaporated milk in place of heavy cream. Use the same amount that your recipe calls for. Can be used in cakes and breads.

 Chia Seeds: Use 3 Tbsp of chia seeds mixed in 1 cup of water to substitute for 1 cup of butter. Save the fat and add several grams of protein! This substitution is best in breads and cakes.

 Coconut Oil: Use equal parts of this healthy oil to replace shortening in your recipes. Save yourself trans fats in the process!

 Black Beans: Try these in place of flour in your next batch of brownies or cookies! Substitute 1 cup of beans for 1 cup of flour.

 Vanilla Extract: Swap out Sugar and try vanilla extract instead. Use 1/2 tsp. for each 2 tbsp of sugar. You will save 400 cals for every cup of sugar in a recipe! Try this in breads and cakes.

  • Start off by only swapping 1 ingredient per recipe. If you swap too many you’ll lose consistency and flavor.
  • If you’re a bit of a skeptic start by swapping in small doses. Only swap 1/2 of the ingredient, then build up.
  • Try new recipes that call for healthier ingredients and avoid having to make swaps!
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