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Whether it’s to cut calories, explore new flavors, or just make due with available ingredients, recipe substitutions are an inevitable–and fun!–part of the cooking experience. And after trying dozens and dozens of swaps over the past year or so, we’ve even come to prefer a few “replacements” to their original counterparts. When it’s time to satisfy that sweet tooth, consider these healthier substitutions for baking fats.

Unsweetened applesauce

Swap for: Oil or butter

Fruit for fat? Yeah. For sweeter recipes like brownies and fruity muffins, this swap is a definite winner. Applesauce offers the same consistency as butter or oil, but with zero fat, a little extra natural sweetness, and fewer calories (though it will add a touch more sugar). It even works in boxed mixes! Try it in some delicious blueberry muffins for a twist on classic flavors.

Avocado puree

Swap for: Butter

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