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Butter Substitutes

Here’s how to substitute the butter in recipes with great results. Find subs to use in cakes, cookies, brownies, pie crusts and more.


  • Author: Erin Huffstetler, MyFrugalHome.com
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: Varies
  • Category: Ingredient Substitutions
  • Method: Measure
  • Cuisine: Global

Ingredients:

  • Coconut oil, vegetable oil, beans, applesauce, avocado, pumpkin puree, banana, nut butter or yogurt

Instructions:

Butter Substitutes for Cake:

  • Coconut Oil: Use an equal amount
  • Vegetable Oil: Use 3/4 cup for every cup of butter called for
  • Beans: Puree cooked beans, and use as a 1:1 replacement. Use black beans for chocolate cake; white beans for white or yellow cake

Butter Substitutes for Muffins, Cookies and Brownies

  • Fruit Puree: Replace some or all of butter with an equal amount of applesauce, mashed avocado, pumpkin puree or mashed banana
  • Coconut Oil: Swap 1:1
  • Vegetable Oil: Use 1/3 cup for each stick of butter called for
  • Beans: Puree cooked beans, and use as a 1:1 replacement. Use black beans for brownies
  • Nut Butter + Vegetable Oil: Mix together equal parts nut butter (peanut, almond, etc.) and vegetable oil. Use as a 1:1 replacement
  • Yogurt: Use an equal amount

Butter Substitute for Biscuits, Pie Crusts and Croissants

  • Coconut Oil: Use an equal amount of solid coconut oil

Butter Substitute for Cooking

  • Vegetable Oil: Use the same amount

Salted Butter Substitute

Pick your favorite butter substitute, and add 1/4 tsp salt for every stick of butter that you’re replacing.