Healthy Baking Substitutes

Healthy Baking Substitues

Baking can be a fun and rewarding way to spend a cold afternoon. While baked goods tend to contain added sugars and fat, you can make your favorite treats a little healthier with some simple ingredient substitutions.

Just swapping one ingredient in the recipe can help improve the nutrition content while maintaining a great taste. In the chart below, we have used 1 cup for simplicity, but these substitutes will work with any amounts!


Instead of using… Try substituting…
1 cup all-purpose flour ½ cup whole wheat flour and ½ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup butter or cooking oil ½ cup applesauce and ½ cup butter or cooking oil
1 cup buttermilk 1 tablespoon lemon juice + enough low-fat milk to equal 1 cup.  Let stand for 5 minutes
1 cup heavy cream 1 cup evaporated skim milk
1 cup sour cream 1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 cup whole milk 1 cup low-fat milk

Ready to give these substitutes a try? This Wholesome Banana Bread recipe uses applesauce in place of some margarine to reduce the calories and fat while keeping the bread moist and flavorful.

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