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9 Healthy Baking Substitutions
Substituting different ingredients can come in handy if you're out of stock, have zero motivation to run to the store, or simply feeling a healthier dessert option. Below is a list of 9 different baking substitutions you can test out the next time you're craving something sweet.

1 cup white flour -> 1 cup whole wheat flour

Benefits: Whole wheat flour isn't processed.
Works best: Breads.
Tip: Might be necessary to increase the liquid in a recipe.

1 cup sugar -> 1 cup unsweetened applesauce

Benefits: Reduces calories and replaces sugar with equal amounts of applesauce.
Works best: Cookies, quick breads, cakes.
Tip: Might be necessary to decrease the liquid in a recipe.

1 whole egg -> two egg whites

Benefits: Great swap for people with high cholesterol.
Works best: Baked goods.
Tip: Be careful separating the two.

1 cup heavy cream -> 1 cup evaporated skim milk

Benefits: Less calories.
Works best: Soups, casseroles.
Tip: Evaporated skim milk won't whip or thicken the way heavy cream does. Add vanilla for extra flavor.

1 cup sour cream -> 1 cup plain, non-fat greek yogurt

Benefits: Cuts fat content and adds protein.
Works best: Cream-based soups, dips, salad dressings.
Tip: Can also use this instead of mayo.

1 cup sour cream -> 1 cup cottage cheese

Benefits: Rich source of protein, calcium, and typically much lower in fat and calories.
Works best: Dips.
Tip: Puree the cottage cheese in a blender.

1 cup chocolate chips -> 1 cup dried fruit

Benefits: Less calories.
Works best: Cookies, granola bars.
Tip: Add in nuts, seeds, other dried fruit to incorporate different flavors.

1 cup oil -> 1 cup fruit puree

Benefits: Replaces at least half the fat.
Works best: Cakes, muffins, gingerbread.
Tip: Add 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce for moisture and may require shorter baking time

1 cup butter -> 1 cup pureed avocado

Benefits: Eliminates saturated fat, adds healthy fats, reduces calories.
Works best: Muffins, cookies, cakes, pies, breads.
Tip: For best results, make sure avocado is blended well.
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