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Ratio to sub coconut oil for butter?

eenie1 Jul 20, 2013 03:54 PM

I want to sub coconut oil for the butter in my brownie recipe. To date I've never used the oil for baking but I have eaten a lot of it mixed into my overnight oats among other things. My brownie recipe calls for 1 stick of butter - 1/2 a cup. Do I have to make any adjustment to the amount of coconut oil I use? Thank you!

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  1. letsindulge RE: eenie1 Jul 20, 2013 03:59 PM

    No adjustments necessary. Chocolate & coconut sounds really good. :)

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      magiesmom RE: letsindulge Jul 21, 2013 09:19 AM

      1:1. If you don't want any coconut flavor use refined oil though unrefined supposedly is more healthful.

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      wyogal RE: eenie1 Jul 20, 2013 04:01 PM

      Some say it is an equal sub, one for one, others say to use a little less and add a bit of water.

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        greygarious RE: wyogal Jul 20, 2013 05:57 PM

        I've been subbing coconut oil for butter 1:1 in baking for several years now.

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          maxie RE: wyogal Jul 21, 2013 10:35 AM

          I am of the sub 80% coconut oil, 20% water. I am often subbing other ingredients, and this keeps the fat ratio close to what is intended.

        2. weezieduzzit RE: eenie1 Jul 21, 2013 09:21 AM

          I sub it one for one in brownies (a recommendation by greygarious on this board,) and it's very very good. Its a big hit!

          1. greygarious RE: eenie1 Jul 21, 2013 10:44 AM

            I assume the adding water camp is doing so in consideration of the fact that butter contains a small amount of water which will evaporate in baking. Oil contains no water, whether it's coconut oil or vegetable oil or any other oil. I haven't noticed recipes which give options for either butter or oil calling for different amounts. In some cases that water is important - such as in flaky pastry, where the puffing is created by steam pressure as it escapes. In brownies and basic cakes, that's not an important issue.

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              eenie1 RE: eenie1 Jul 21, 2013 10:50 AM

              THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE! I will do the 1:1 and will be using my usual unrefined. Definitely don't mind a touch of coconut flavor, the same as everything I use it in!

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                eenie1 RE: eenie1 Aug 9, 2013 06:33 AM

                Quick reply and thank you to all! My brownies were a thousand times tastier with the coconut oil!!! Have a great weekend!

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                  Erika L RE: eenie1 Aug 9, 2013 08:20 AM

                  Another vote 1:1. My baked goods are much moister and richer with coconut oil, and they stay fresh longer. I use both virgin and refined, depending on the recipe.

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