Running out of ingredients? Try these cooking substitutes

Posted at 8:55 AM, Apr 07, 2020

It never fails. You are craving cookies or cake but missing some of the key ingredients. Our days of just hopping in the car and heading in the store are highly discouraged. So how can you fill that craving? You might have ingredients in your home and not even realize it. Here’s a hint: one of the key ingredients to put on your next shopping list is unsweetened applesauce.


Did you know that unsweetened apple sauce can come to the rescue when you don’t have butter? Apple sauce is actually a good binding agent in baked goods. Read more about it in this article.


So, I’m not suggesting that if you are missing the butter, use the unsweetened applesauce and use the same substitution for lack of eggs, but it does work in a recipe, too. Did you know that you can also use mashed bananas when you don’t have the eggs? Anyone ever try this?


My household doesn’t keep a bag of sugar on hand, so we know all about these next two substitutions, especially when it is 5am and you need your coffee. Two key ingredients that can go in the place of sugar are honey and syrup. Keep in mind, that since these are in liquid form, you will need to follow the information provided in the attached links for the conversion.


Enough about sweets. It is Taco Tuesday after all. I am the queen of getting everything I need for tacos, except the seasoning! You can whip up your own by using garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, black pepper, chili powder, corn starch, paprika, salt and ground cumin! So, on your next necessary trip out, hit up the Dollar Tree to stock up on those spices!

And finally, I wanted to share one of my favorite and easiest recipes out there. You can make tasty muffins just by using one 15 ounce can of pumpkin and a box of cake mix! Mix it up and scoop into a muffin pan. Follow the “cupcake” baking instructions on the back of the box. Feel free to add fruit, nuts and chocolate chips to the mix, too.