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Easy Rules of Thumb for Baking With Less Fat

Easy Rules of Thumb for Baking With Less Fat

My friend Deb has been baking without fat for years, and her recipes are truly delicious. Even while the debate about high carbohydrate versus low carbohydrate rages, most agree that lowering your saturated fat intake is best for your health.

The National Cholesterol Education Program recommends a diet with no more than 30 percent fat, of which no more than 10 percent comes from saturated fat. Saturated fat is found mainly in animal products, but also in coconuts and palm oils.

Try Deb’s really good “rules of thumb” for baking with less fat! I love the simplicity of them.


* Simply substitute the same amount of applesauce as the recipe calls for butter. In other words, if the recipe calls for one stick of butter (1/2 a cup) substitute cup of applesauce.

* Some recipes are better if you just substitute half of the butter with applesauce.

* Other fruit purees such as that made of prunes also work. You can buy fruit purees for just such a purpose, although they are rarely made of pure fruit.

* When substituting thick fruit purees, such as those made with prunes, replace one stick of butter with 1/3 cup of puree.

Click here for recipes to make your own fruit purees..

Using yogurt cheese (Yochee) is another good way to reduce fat. Read here about how to make baked goods using yochee instead of fat here..

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5:33AM PDT on May 12, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

11:30AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

good to know

11:29AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

good to know

5:22AM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

I thought these were the rules of eating with chopsticks. :-)

5:38AM PDT on Aug 26, 2012


7:42AM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

Thank you

5:02PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

Great article. Thanks.

2:26AM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

You can reduce the sugar/sweetener if the applesauce adds a lot of sweetness

12:51AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:05PM PDT on May 30, 2011

Thanks. I do a lot of baking.

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