When There is No More Sugar…

June 20, 2013

Every time I go to cook I’m guaranteed to be missing something – I ran out of sugar, I don’t have enough cream, I forgot to buy buttermilk… so I’ve become gifted at making substitutes for some of my standard “missing items.”

Cooking Substitutes

Now I’m sure the real thing is best… but here are some tips for when you’re in a pickle (or all out of them):

Now baking is tough because as they say it’s “a science not an art,” but for the most part you can substitute these healthy options in most recipes:

  • Applesauce: in place of butter, oil or sugar
  • Avocado: in place of butter (while I do cook with everything on this list, I must admit this is one I haven’t tried yet… but am going to! I want to try this recipe asap)
  • Greek Yogurt: in place of sour cream or mayo (I make aioli with it, put it on baked potatoes, pretty much use it for everything)
  • Rolled Oats: in place of bread crumbs (just whirl in your blender to create a fine powder and use on breaded chicken, etc.)

What substitutions do I need to add to my list?!

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  • Reply lalovesblog June 20, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I love this!! But how much of each ingredient do the substitutions make.

  • Reply Laundry in Louboutins June 20, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    The “healthy options” can be substituted for a 1:1 ratio, although I would recommend easing into the applesauce in place of butter/oil when baking. For example, if a recipe calls for a cup of oil, I would do 1/2 a cup of oil and 1/2 a cup of applesauce… it really depends on the recipe though…

    Hope that helps! Great question… sorry I didn’t clarify that earlier!

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