HEALTHY SUBSTITUTES TO USE WHEN BAKING

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From birthdays to holidays to anniversaries, there’s always a reason to celebrate. And for most of us, celebration means decadent desserts — after all, a chocolate cake or a dozen cute cupcakes bring the the flavor and the fun. Unfortunately, they also bring the “Oh, how did I eat all that!?” feeling. But we’re here to help! We’ve rounded up some healthy substitutes to use while baking, which cut the calories but keeping the taste. Happy baking!

Avocado-Pound-Cake

Replace butter with avocado to make this delicious and satisfying Avocado Pound Cake With Blood Orange Glaze. (via Fake Food Free)

Tofu-Chocolate-Cupcakes

Using tofu instead of oil or butter cuts the calories but keeps the texture. Just try these Tofu Chocolate Cupcakes! (via Foods for the Soul)

Healthy-Coffee-Cake

Try experimenting with yogurt instead of butter, which is what this scrumptious Healthy Coffee Cake calls for. (via Natural Sweet Recipes)

Flourless-Chocolatey-Brownies

In these Flourless Chocolatey Brownies, flour is replaced by black beans! (via Chow Divine)

Banana-Coconut-Milk-Bread

Using coconut milk instead of butter makes this Banana Coconut Bread with Honey and Oats lighter, and more tropical! (via Andre’s the Home Baker)

Lemon-Merigue-Cupcakes

When baking cupcakes, opt for meringue instead of frosting to keep things light and fresh like in these Lemon Meringue Cupcakes. (via The Baker Chick)

Mini-Strawberry-Pie-Cups

Graham cracker crusts instead of traditional butter pie crusts are a great way to make dessert healthier while adding a lovely texture and taste. Try it out with these Mini Strawberry Pie Cups. (via My San Francisco Kitchen)

Browned-Butter-Cacao-Nib-Cookies

Cacao nibs instead of chocolate chips are a great way to get that rich, chocolatey fix without totally over indulging. Bake these Browned Butter Cacao Nib Cookies to test out this substitution! (via All Day I Dream About Food)

Mint-Chocolate-Cookies

These Mint Chocolate Cookies use Truvia instead of sugar, which is a simple way to slash calories and can be used in a variety of dessert recipes. (via My Baking Addiction)

Skinny-Oatmeal-Walnut-Raisin-Cookies

Applesauce for butter may not be an obvious substitute, but it works like a charm and keeps the consistency. Just try these Skinny Oatmeal Walnut Raisin Cookies! (via Dash Recipes)

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