The avocado, also known as the alligator pear, is mainly grown in South and Central America, as well as Mexico and some parts of the United States. Its high fat content has led many to believe that it is unhealthy for you, but quite the opposite is true. The avocado is loaded with so many good nutrients and healthy fats that you should make it a part of your daily diet. There are many ways to add it in to your diet and one of the ways is to substitute avocado in your baking.
How to Prepare the Avocado
To prepare the avocado, cut a line around the center with a sharp knife then gently twist it until it comes apart. Remove the pit either with a spoon or with the knife and discard. The inside should be soft and easy to remove from the shell by using a spoon. Scoop it into a food processor or blender and blend until it becomes a smooth puree. To keep the avocado puree from oxidizing (turning brown), add about 2 tsp. of lemon juice to each cup.
How To Substitute Avocado in Your Baking
Avocado can be substituted for many ingredients in your baking such as butter, shortening and eggs. Naturally the avocado will give the dough a slight green color which it maintains even after it is baked. But the great thing is that after it is baked you are unable to taste the avocado.
Avocado is almost like a butter, and just like butter it has a soft and creamy texture. You may have to do some experimenting, but in general you can simply substitute 1 cup of avocado for 1 cup of butter. You may have to increase other liquids as the avocado does not melt like butter.
When substituting avocado for eggs in your baking, start by substituting 2 tbsp. to 1/4 cup mashed avocado for each egg.
Avocado will make your cakes rise up higher in the center, and in some occasions may even cave. It also browns quicker, and therefore your cake may look well done on the outside, but the inside may still be doughy. To avoid these things from happening, reduce your oven temperature by about 25 percent and increase your baking time.
Why Should You Substitute With Avocado?
There are a number of reasons why you should substitute with avocado. The first reason is to eliminate the saturated animal fats and replace them with the healthy fats which the avocado contains. The avocado contains many vitamins and minerals, and its oils help to reduce cholesterol and fight against heart disease.
The second reason is to reduce your unhealthy calories. A 3.5 oz. serving of avocados contains 14.66 g of fat, while the same size serving of butter contains 81 g. So by substituting avocado for butter in your baking you are greatly reducing your calories.
And lastly, all your baked goods: breads, muffins, cookies, cakes and pies, will come out of the oven much softer and less likely to crumble than if you were to use ordinary butter.