Butter is an amazing ingredient that makes any food or dish delicious and irresistible. It is usually utilized as a spread or for baking various goodies. But what if you run out, and you don’t have the time to run to the store? Or perhaps, you or one of your family members is allergic to milk or dairy products. If you are sensitive to lactose, butter is not suitable for you either. More so if you have certain health conditions, particularly health-related diseases.
Whatever the reason is, you should know that there are healthier substitutes for butter. I’m not saying that butter is bad for your health. But in case you need to look for a replacement, you should try any of the following:
If you are allergic to milk or one with lactose intolerance, ghee is a great alternative because it doesn’t have casein or lactose. Simply put, it is a type of clarified butter. It is also aromatic and comes with a nutty taste. If you are baking and you want your goods to have a strong and buttery taste, try using ghee for better results.
If you are making grilled cheese, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, or garlic bread, mayonnaise can definitely take the place of butter. Believe me, it’s good!
Coconut oil can replace butter, but take note that the latter has a rich taste and may change the flavor of whatever you are making. If you don’t want that, opt for a more refined brand. The ratio is still going to be 1:1.
We all know that olive oil is one of the best oils that you can use when baking or cooking. So, yes, you can use this type of oil to replace butter as well in 3:4 ratio. You have to remember, though, that olive oil is in solid form, so it won’t work well with frosting or anything that requires the fat to remain solid.
Looking into cutting back on fat and calories? Try applesauce in place of butter. It can provide sweetness and moisture, so it works well for making bread or muffins. It may be a little too sweet, therefore, you should consider reducing the amount.
Out of all the possible substitutes for butter, margarine is probably the closest. You can utilize it the same way you would with butter. But if you are baking, it is highly recommended that you use sticks and not the ones in tubs.
Yogurt, particularly Greek Yogurt, is another excellent substitute for butter. This would add to the nutritional value of whatever you are making because yogurt is a rich source of protein.
In previous recipes that we have featured, we’ve discussed the health benefits of avocados. They are rich in healthy fats, and they can definitely serve as a replacement for butter. Mashed avocado can serve as a spread.
Using mashed bananas is another great way to boost the nutrients of your food. Doing so will also allow you to reduce the calorie and fat content. When baking, make sure to add mashed banana slowly until you achieve the desired consistency.
Looking for earthy flavors and nutrients? Substitute butter with pumpkin puree. This is really good, especially when making brownies, chocolate cakes, carrot cakes, and other fall-flavored desserts.
There are many more possible substitutes for butter. What matters most is that you consider your needs as well as your health condition if there is any.