~Alternatives to Butter~

Butter

This element called “butter” is in every sweet that you can see inside a bakery~ My Owner and I heard that this thing is dangerous for human health if it is consumed often, since the fat found in butter is mostly the saturated variety (the kind that clogs arteries and raises LDL (bad) cholesterol, a contributing factor in heart disease). But it seems that they don’t care. In my Owner’s case, this is not such danger for him~

For those trying to lower their cholesterol, it is recommended reducing saturated fat intake to 11 to 13 grams – meaning that 2 tablespoons of butter has already put you over the daily limit. (My Owner eats more than this everyday) But like us, you enjoy eating many desserts as possible~ So for you, humans, I’ll give you some alternatives to butter that you can use in your recipes.

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Avocado

A half-and-half mix of mashed avocado and butter can be used to make soft, chewy baking recipes. Not only is this avocado mix considerably lower in calories compared with butter alone, it also cuts out the saturated fat, replacing it with healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Avocados are also rich in potassium, fiber, and vitamin K. The avocado-butter blend is especially good for baking cookies: Simply sub in equal parts pureed avocado for the amount of butter called for in your baked goods.

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Prune Purée

Prune purée is usually available as a baby food to help infants with digestion. However, you can also use prune purée as a butter substitute, and it is low in both fat and calories. It’s particularly good for recipes with cinnamon or chocolate.

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Banana

Mashed banana is a great low-fat substitute for butter, although you’ll need to experiment with how much you use in each recipe. For the first try, use half as much mashed banana as you would butter, and mix it in with the other ingredients. Then add more of the banana if the mixture is too dry. You may have to mix in a little bit of butter just to get the best outcome, but the amount of butter you add will be so much less than if you use butter alone.

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Olive Oil

Although olive oil is most commonly used for salads and stir-frys, it is also one of the best butter alternatives for use in baking. Just substitute ¾ cup of olive oil for each cup of butter. Olive oil is high in calories, but is actually good for your heart, as it’s full of beneficial unsaturated fat. Olive oil is also an effective butter substitute in pasta sauces and mashed potatoes.

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Canola Oil

This oil known as rapeseed oil, can be used in any recipes where the butter can be replaced with oil, such as when using melted butter. However, canola oil is slightly higher in fat than butter, but it makes up for it with markedly lower levels of saturated fats, sodium, and cholesterol. You may have to experiment a bit to see how it works as a substitute for butter, and what quantities you need.

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Coconut Oil

There are many different ways you can add the coconut oil to your dishes. This oil shares many properties with butter, in that it is solid when cooled, but melts when gently heated. However, unlike butter, coconut oil is really good for you~ It has antimicrobial and antiviral properties, contains beneficial medium-chain triglyceride fats, and has been shown to raise the levels of the good cholesterol, high-density lipoproteins.

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Greek Yogurt

Replacing butter with Greek yogurt is a brilliant means of boosting your baking with extra protein, and keeping your food nice and moist, without loading on the calories and fat. Greek yogurt is full of healthy bacteria and yeast, and gives your cakes and breads a delicious velvety texture. For each cup of butter, use ½ cup of Greek yogurt instead. When you’re looking to add protein and moisture to your baked goods, without a ton of extra calories and fat, Greek yogurt is the answer.

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Apple sauce

This can be used as an alternative to either butter or oil, but is best used as a cake ingredient. If you can’t find apple sauce on the shelf, try the baby food section for puréed or stewed apple. Alternatively, make your own apple sauce by slowly heating chopped apple mixed with a little water in the microwave until you can mash the apple with a fork. For the best taste, use the apple sauce to substitute for half of the butter you would use, but you can have a higher proportion of apple if you wish. Use equal amounts applesauce for the butter called for in your recipe.

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Nut Butter

Almond and peanut butter are delicious when spread on toast, bread, and bagels, and are the perfect alternatives to butter. They’re also full of healthy fats, fiber, and potassium, so make a much better nutritional choice. Another option you may like to try is dipping bananas pieces or strawberries into the nut butter for a healthy breakfast. Much like avocados, nut butters taste great spread on bread and toast, and offer up heart-healthy fats, potassium, and fiber – unlike butter, which can boast very few nutritional benefits. Sprinkle on sliced strawberries or bananas for a tasty and satisfying breakfast.

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Pumpkin Puree

Coffee cakes and muffins are a great place to swap in pumpkin puree. This purée provides a tasty flavor to baked products. Pumpkin purée has very few calories, but you’ll be adding extra nutrients to your recipes, including potassium, fiber, and vitamin K. Replace each cup of butter you use with ¾ cup of purée. Pumpkin purée is also an excellent substitute for any oil used in baking.

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