I'm asked about baking substitutions all the time, so I figured a post was in order. Friends come to me often to ask what they can substitute, and often it's to make a recipe healthier, or allergen-free or vegan or simply because they ran out of eggs and are about to pop their brownies in the oven and need help, stat. So here's some easy substitutions for you when you're in a pinch, or simply want to make a recipe healthier or to fulfill a dietary need.
For less sugar, try applesauce or maple syrup and reduce the liquid:
For less fat, use mashed banana instead of butter or oil. This also can be used to make recipes dairy free, and allows you to use less sugar! *Note: healthy fats are great (like coconut oil--it's amazing for you!)
Pureed avocado works as a great substitution in cakes or brownies as well. In some recipes, you can also use 1/4 cup mashed banana in place of one egg.