Did you know? You can make your every-day baking recipes healthier by substituting your butter for avocados?! By eliminating butter, you’re decreasing your saturated fat intake and replacing it with healthy fats. A 3.5 oz serving of butter has 81 grams of fat whereas 3.5 oz of avocados only have 14 grams! Not to mention- there are an incredible amount of nutrients in avocados. There are 20 vitamins and minerals ranging from Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Fiber, Iron, Potassium, and so much more!! They even help to lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease.
Don’t worry, the avocado won’t add its flavor your cakes, breads, scones, or cupcakes! In fact, it won’t add flavor to any of them. The only difference avocado might have on your recipe is a slight green hue. Other than that, it acts exactly like butter!!
Here’s how it works: Start off by scooping the green flesh out of the avocado skin. We find, it works best if you use a spoon to circle the inside of the avocado flesh where it meets the skin. Then in just one big scoop, the skin will easily come out. Put the avocado into your blender and pulse into a puree. Add 2 tsp of lemon juice per cup of pureed avocado to avoid browning.
For every cup of butter required in your recipe, substitute 1 cup of pureed avocado. You will also need to reduce your oven temperature by 25%, which means increasing your baking time. By doing this, you’ll keep your recipe from rising up in the wrong places, or caving in.
Below are some recipe suggestions for trying this new tip! And this time, when you reach for that second slice or cookie- you’ll feel much better knowing it is a delicious recipe that’s actually good for you: