Low-Fat Substitutions for Butter (Infographic)

If you’re trying to eat healthier, these low-fat substitutions for butter will help cut the fat when you’re baking or frying!  We’ve included a handy infographic to keep and share.


Make the following substitutions for butter in your recipes, at a rate of about 2/3 of the amount of butter in the recipe.  For example, you would use 2/3 of a cup of applesauce for every 1 cup of butter called for.  You may need to tweak it a bit depending on which substitute you use.

  • Pureed Fruit
  • Pureed Vegetables
  • Low-Fat Margarine (amount depends on the brand used)


You can use the following substitutions for butter in the frying pan.  Frying over lower heat will help keep items from sticking.

  • Nonstick Cooking Spray
  • Nonstick Pan
  • Chicken or Beef Broth
  • Pureed Fruit
  • Pureed Vegetables
  • Wine

Low-Fat Butter Substitutions

??? Do you have a favourite butter substitute? Please share in the comments below.


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Nadine Liston

Great ideas! I substitute in most things but there are some that I like to use butter for, like shortbread cookies. I only use butter to baste bread & rolls too. I won’t use margarine for those either.


Honestly, I don’t even notice when I replace butter in cooking. I do like it on toast though…..nothing will replace that!