Butter, Egg and Milk not for you, here's our 12 best baking replacements

February 27, 2018 2 Comments

Butter, Egg and Milk not for you, here's our 12 best baking replacements

We've got some top hacks for you on baking without butter, eggs and milk, we'll make sure you get your cake fix no matter what! 

Read on and we'll let you in on a few secrets on possible variations to the common baking ingredients to help you out. You could also use some of these ideas in your day to day baking, some options can reduce the fat levels in your cakes by up to 40%. Give it a try, you might be surprised.

Butter Replacements



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What you'll need - Equal weight of banana to what is required in the recipe

Bananas that are ripe and over ripe are best as they are soft and full of natural flavours and sugars. Weigh out the banana without the skin into a bowl, using a fork or potato masher, mash the bananas until almost smooth. You could also blend the bananas until smooth. 

Then follow the recipe as normal but using the bananas instead of butter.
Bananas are brilliant for bakes such as brownies and cookies, in which the rise of the cake isnt paramount, but moisture is. Using Bananas will add a hint of flavour to your bake but sometimes you can use this to your advantage.



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What you'll need - Equal amount of mashed avocado, without skin or stone, to replace the butter.  

You can use a fork or potato masher to mash the avocado until smooth or even a blender. You can then use this in a recipe the same way you would the butter. Replacing butter for avocado is a great way of lowering the fat in your diet when snacking on treats. Avocados are often described as having high fat but it is actually high in monounsaturated fat – the heart-healthy kind – which helps to lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol.



Photo credit: http://www.cookingandbeer.com/2016/03/homemade-vanilla-bean-yogurt-and-stone-fruit-granola-bowls/

What you'll need - If you require 100g butter you will only need 50g yoghurt.

The best types of yogurts to use are plain natural, greek or free of/ low fat. Yogurt is a great substitute when baking muffins and cakes. Yogurt can great a taste of creamy luxuriousness but with substantially lower fat than that of butter.

Nut Butters


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What you'll need - Equal weight of nut butter to what was required of butter.

Most nut butters can be used to replace butter in recipes. Some nut butters can be great for adding in extra essential protein into your treats but can also just simply add that extra nutty twist to your favourite bakes.

Egg Replacements

Flax Seeds


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What you'll need - 1 tbsp ground flax seeds + 3 tbsp boiling water = 1 egg

Simply take your flax seeds, grind them down in a blender, pestle and mortar or just with a  sandwich bag and rolling pin. Put them in a bowl, add the boiling water and stir. Place the mixture into the fridge for around 15 minutes, until thick and viscous. Use this mixture in the recipe the same way you would an egg.


What you'll need - 2 tbsp water + 1 tsp oil + 2 tsp Baking Powder = 1 egg

This is a simple case of whisking together all the ingredients and using in a recipe in the same way you would the egg.


What you'll need - 60g smooth applesauce = 1 egg

Use the apple sauce in the recipe the same you would eggs. Bare in mind the sweetness of the applesauce as you may need to omit a small amount of the sugar to avoid over sweetness.

Milk Replacements


What you'll need - 230ml + 1½ tsp butter = 230ml milk

This is a great option as most of us have water readily avaliable to us at all time and the butter adds the slight creaminess to the mix. In some cases, milk is part of the flavouring, so you might want to think about adding a touch of vanilla or alternative flavouring to reduce the chance of blandness.  

Evaporated milk

What you'll need - 100ml evaporated milk + 100ml water = 200ml Milk

If my family is to go by, we always had a tin of this in the pantry cupboard ready for a spontaneous dessert or just incase we ran out of custard powder with a dessert. So you might have used up that last drop of milk but you still have that tin in cupboard.

Nut, Rice or Oat milks

What you'll need - Using the same amount of milk alternative as the recipe requires.

This is a brilliant replacement as there is minimal affect to the recipes outcome but the milk can sometimes add a hint of flavour to the mix, such as coconut or almond milk.

Natural Yogurt

What you'll need - Use in the recipe the same way you would the milk.

This is great for cakes but avoid using in a saucepan or adding direct heat as yoghurt tends to curdle or split when high heat is added.

And one last handy hack, when you have run out of a certain thing in the cupboard you might find out your still ok - don't run out to the supermarket yet. Many products in the baking cupboard are actually just a combination of things you already have labelled up as something else...

  • Self-raising flour is plain flour, baking powder - 160g plain flour + 1 tsp baking powder
  • Baking powder is baking soda, cream of tartar, cornflour - ¼ tsp baking powder + ½ tsp cream of tartar + cornflour
  • Caster sugar/icing sugar is granulated sugar - put in a blender or food processor and blitz to get caster sugar and blitz finer again for icing sugar.  

2 Responses

Iris Shuttleworth
Iris Shuttleworth

March 04, 2018

I am intolerant but not allergic to egg whites and cows milk so this list of substitutes is great. Thank you Bakedin.

Sue Hyson
Sue Hyson

March 02, 2018

My daughter in law is vegan so these hacks are very useful for me as I can now try my baked in recipes with a tweak or two and cook for her too ☺️

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