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5 Butter Substitutes that are Better for Your Heart

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health broke all of our hearts last year when it confirmed that “butter is not back.” But in the end we suppose it’s better for our hearts to know the truth: Butter has no nutritional benefits and is associated with an increase in LDL cholesterol. Try these heart-friendly alternatives instead. Just be aware that baking times may change!

Applesauce

Replace half of your butter or other fats with the same quanity of unsweetened applesauce in any loaf or muffins. And since the applesauce lends some natural sweetness, cut back on some of the added sugar, too.Homemade applesauce is ridiculously easy to make, and it’s tastier and healthier than anything from a jar. If you start with good apples, your sauce will need nothing more than a pinch of salt. This applesauce is great warm or cold.

Avocado

When you’re mixing up something chocolatey swap out the butter for an equal amount of puréed avocado, which is equally creamy, but contains anti-inflammatory unsaturated fats, blood pressure-reducing potassium and fibre.The popularity of the avocado is down to its rich, creamy, velvety texture and mild flavour. The avocado or Persea Americana is a fruit that belongs to the family of Lauraceae; a group that also includes members such as cinnamon and laurel. There are dozens of varieties of avocado ranging in size, colour and texture.

Prune Puree

Prunes are big on B vitamins and iron, and all their fibre helps keep things moving. Mix 3/4 cup of prunes with 1/4 cup of boiling water to blend them into a purée to use in brownies, cookies and dense cakes.Have you thought of including prune puree in your little angel’s diet? Do you know how prune puree can benefit her? If you were looking for ways to prepare prune puree or you simply want to know how it is beneficial for your darling, read our post. Here we look at some simple recipes to prepare prune puree

Mashed Banana

Cup for cup, a ripe mashed banana can replace butter in brownies and cookies, adding an extra dose of potassium and fibre. Plus, the sweet flavour means you can reduce the sugar you add to the recipe.

Pumpkin Puree

Love pumpkin spice? Try subbing pureed pumpkin in for butter in cakes and loaves. A very good source of fibre and vitamins A and C, canned pumpkin can also be added to a cake mix for a two-ingredient pumpkin-spice cake.