3 Butter Substitutes for Baking

Coconut oil
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Catering to dietary preferences or just curious about alternative ingredients. Whatever the reason, replacing butter in your bake doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavor or texture. Let’s explore some top-notch butter substitutes to try.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has a similar fat content, which helps maintain the richness that butter would typically provide. You can add it in a one-to-one ratio for butter, meaning if your recipe calls for one cup of butter, you can simply use one cup of coconut oil instead. Just keep in mind it will add a new flavor to your bake.


Applesauce is an excellent choice for bakers looking to reduce the fat content in their recipes. It works great in soft baked goods like muffins, cakes, and soft cookies. When using applesauce as a butter substitute, it is generally recommended to use it in a half-to-half ratio. For example, if the recipe requires one cup of butter, you can replace it with half a cup of applesauce. 

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is another health-conscious substitute for butter that can add moisture and a slight tanginess to your baked goods. To substitute for butter, use Greek yogurt in a half ratio, same as the applesauce.