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Is there a substitute for cooking oil other than applesauce?

Sarah Krieger
Nutrition & Dietetics
If you are looking to reduce the amount of butter or oil in baked breads and grain desserts, then besides applesauce you may experiment with the following foods which provide nice texture, moisture, less fat and calories and minimal added taste:
  • canned pumpkin, from frozen butternut squash or baby food carrots in muffins and yellow or chocolate cake mix
  • baby food prunes or cooked and pureed dried fruit in any chocolate cake or brownie recipe (from scratch or from mix)
  • pureed black beans in brownie mix (or from scratch)
  • pureed silken tofu
  • steamed and pureed or grated zucchini or yellow squash
It is always best to replace one ingredient at a time if you are following a recipe until it comes out the way you want.

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