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How to Substitute Yogurt for Fat in Baking

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Jonae Fredericks started writing in 2007. She also has a background as a licensed cosmetologist and certified skin-care specialist. Jonae Fredericks is a certified paraeducator, presently working in the public education system.
How to Substitute Yogurt for Fat in Baking
Six mini bundt cakes on a cutting board.

While a little fat in your diet is good, too much saturated fat may lead to health problems. If you are looking for ways to cut down on fat in your diet, consider substituting plain yogurt for fat in your baking. According to the University of Wyoming, substituting fat with yogurt works especially well in baking recipes for cookies, muffins, brownies and cakes. Substitute plain, fat-free or low-fat yogurt whenever your favorite baking recipe calls for oil, shortening, butter, milk and even sour cream.

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Step 1

Replace sour cream in your recipes with equal amounts of yogurt. For instance, if your recipe calls for 1 cup of sour cream, substitute 1 cup of yogurt.

Step 2

Cut the amount of butter in your baking recipes by half. Substitute the other half with ¼ cup of yogurt for each cup of butter called for in the recipe. If your recipe calls for 1 cup of butter, add ½ cup of butter and ¼ cup of yogurt.

Step 3

Substitute yogurt when your baking recipes call for oil or shortening. Cut the suggested oil or shortening by half. Add ¾ cup of yogurt for every cup of oil or shortening that you remove from the recipe.

Step 4

Reduce the amount of milk in your recipes and replace it with yogurt. Substitute ¼ of the requested liquid with yogurt. For instance if your recipe calls for 4 cups of milk, replace 1 cup with yogurt.

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