Recipe Substitutions – Basic Ingredients

This is number 4 of 5 in a series of guidelines/hints for recipe substitutions.

Basic Ingredients – when the recipe calls for:

  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate (for baking), try this – 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules for flavor and 1 teaspoon vegetable margarine
  • bread crumbs, try this – oatmeal (quick oats) or crushed bran cereal
  • canned condensed cream soups, try this – mashed potatoes or tofu
  • salt, try this – fresh garlic, onion, celery, herbs, vinegar or salt-free seasonings
  • flour (all purpose), try this – half the amount of whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour for cakes/muffins
  • 4 ounces sliced olives, just reduce it to – 2 ounces sliced olives
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, just reduce it to – 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sugar, just reduce it to – 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, just reduce it to – 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup nuts, just reduce it to – 1/2 to 2/3 cup nuts
  • if you don’t have 1 tablespoon fresh herbs, use this – 1 teaspoon dried herbs
  • if you don’t have 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger, use this – 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger
  • if you don’t have 1 tablespoon cornstarch (for thickening), use this – 2 tablespoons all purpose flour or 2 teaspoons arrowroot starch or 1-1/2 teaspoon quick tapioca
  • if you don’t have 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, use this – 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup sugar, use this – 3 tablespoons honey (reduce liquid in recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard, use this – 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard and 2 teaspoons vinegar

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