Avocado oil is pressed from the avocado fruit which is mainly grown in tropical regions around the globe. The oil is either pressed from the fresh flesh, or it is extracted after it has been dried. With each refining process the oil will become lighter in shade and lose some of its nutrients. But these oils are cheaper to buy and make for a great substitute to use in your everyday baking.
Butter contains a lot of unhealthy cholesterol, and margarine is high in trans fats which you do not want to put into your body. Avocado oil does not contain either one of these fats, but instead it contains all the heart healthy fats which your body needs. You can substitute this oil for your butter and margarine, as well as other oils when baking.
How to Substitute with Avocado Oil in Baking
Substituting avocado oil for another oil is easy, as in most cases you simply substitute in equal amounts and still get the same results. You can also substitute it for equal amounts if the recipe requires you to add melted butter or melted margarine.
But when using it as a substitute for shortening, hard butter and margarine you should always take your time and experiment in small batches. You do not want to throw out a big batch of cookies that no one will eat. Start by only substituting oil for half the amount of butter, then if it is not too oily you can increase the amount for the next batch.
In general you will be able to substitute about 7/8 of a cup for 1 cup of butter. But you want to be careful that you do not add too much oil because it will create an unpleasant oily taste.
Another thing to keep in mind is that unlike avocado oil, most butters are salted, and therefore you may need to add extra salt to help bring out the flavor. About 1/2 tsp. or less is all you need when substituting for 1 cup of butter.
Why You Should Substitute with Avocado Oil
There are many reasons why you should substitute with avocado oil, but the main reason is for your health. This miracle oil ranks above all other oils in almost all areas, including the beloved olive oil. It has the highest amount of mono and polyunsaturated fats, which have been proven to reduce the risk of many diseases such as heart disease and breast cancer.
Refined avocado oil has the highest smoke point of all the oils available on the market. It will not burn before a high temperature of 490 degrees F, making it perfect for all your baking. Thus it helps you to eliminate the harmful free radicals caused when baking at high temperatures.
Oils are essential for your body to function properly and to reduce the signs of aging. But you need to be careful which ones you choose because most oils are high in saturated fats. But avocado oil has all the good fats which your body needs and loves.