Cooking Tips: Useful Ingredient Substitutions


There’s lots of reasons why you’d want to swap your ingredients about, you could have a wheat allergy, lactose intolerance or maybe you’ve not had time to stock up on all your groceries, either way this guide can help. We’ve gathered a bunch of information from around the web that could rescue a meal next time you’re caught short.

The video below demonstrates how to substitute some common baking ingredients like eggs and butter. We’ve made a summary below so don’t worry about taking notes.

Eggs – They’re included in most baking recipes, so if you can’t eat them you’ll definitely need a replacement. They are mainly used to bind ingredients together or to help a mixture rise, so any replacement would need to have similar properties. For binding you can substitute an egg for 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed and 3 tablespoons of water, you’ll need to mix them together in a separate bowl and leave to set for about 5 minutes. To help your recipe rise, stir 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder into this mixture, its that simple!

Breadcrumbs – These are great for adding a crispy edge to meat or fish, but if you don’t have time to fetch a loaf from the shop you’ll get away with using crushed oats, puffed millet or even ground cauliflower (if you’re feeling adventurous!).

Butter – This may be hard to believe but avocados are a really good substitution for butter, especially in baking recipes. They contain high levels of unsaturated fats, also known as ‘healthy fats’, so your heart will definitely support the switch!

For more information take a look at the infographic below. It features 27 different ingredients that are commonly used in baking and shows you at least one alternative for each of them. We’ve been using it for a couple of months now and found it really useful, why not bookmark this page so you’ve got it to hand whenever you need it.


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