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Feb 5, 2012 06:19 AM

Need substitution help - replacing sugar and butter

I want to make some banana bread today - I have a favorite recipe that turns out every time, however, seeing as I'm a diabetic I'd like to replace the following:

1 cup sugar stirred into 1/2 cup melted butter/margarine; with agave syrup.

I've got the sugar conversion figured out but what the heck do I replace the butter/margarine with?? I'm absolutely stumped on this - I need to put some kind of fat in there, other than an egg the butter is the only fat in the recipe. Can I use applesauce to replace it (what would the loss of fat result in?). I've heard of using the applesauce trick, but am worried about the result. Help!!

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    1. re: wyogal

      Thanks for the link - that was some list of hits - found one that uses 1/4 cup canola oil instead - but I think that's way too much liquid. I'm only replacing 1/2 cup melted butter - and putting in 1/2 cup liquid agave syrup - so adding 1/4 cup oil is just going to add liquid when it doesn't need it. Have to do some more digging around.

    2. I would try replacing the butter with applesauce (or do half applesauce/half oil) and then decreasing the amount of agave syrup slightly since the applesauce is sweet. I wouldn't worry so much about the amount of liquid - remember that granulated sugar acts like a liquid in baked goods, so even though you're using agave syrup it's not going to make the batter significantly more wet than sugar would.