Commission promotes avocados in baking

11/25/2013 07:09:00 PM
Mike Hornick

Courtesy California Avocado CommissionThe California Avocado Commission is promoting use of avocados in baking as a substitute for ingredients like butter or shortening, for example in this pumpkin cupcake recipe.The California Avocado Commission has been promoting the use of avocados as a substitute for baking ingredients like butter and shortening.

One cup of mashed avocado, for example, can replace a cup of butter in any muffin, cupcake or quick bread, and even some brownie and cookie recipes. Substitutions involve equal amounts.

Examples of such baking recipes with holiday themes on the commission website include a California avocado pumpkin cupcake. Other items touting the idea include avocado blueberry muffins and Avocanana bread, plus cookie and cake recipes.

The resulting reduction in fat, calories and sodium is in step with its marketing of avocados for nutritional benefits, according to the Irvine, Calif.-based commission. There are 50 calories in two tablespoons of avocado compared to 204 in two tablespoons of butter, for example.



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BakingBetty    
N/A  |  November, 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM

I love avocados as must as the next person, but the recipe provided is sort of pointless in terms of being "healthy", you could easily substitute coconut oil instead of the butter/avocado mix, or greek yogurt. Or for the sake of argument to keep this recipe produce related apple sauce, or pumpkin puree could have been used and been much more healthy. Avocado Commission good try. I'd rather see Avocados marketed as the mayonnaise substitute.

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