As some of you may know, about twice a month I have the opportunity to write a post over at the blog Homemade For Elle. This month, I shared a recipe near and dear to my heart. An egg free, dairy free, sugar free, grain free, gluten free, muffin recipe that is perfect for the holidays!
It has been a year since I have been able to bake with eggs and butter and as much as I have enjoyed developing and experimenting with egg and dairy free recipes, I will admit that it is frustrating at times. Finding substitutes, especially for eggs, has proven to be a continuous challenge as I can also not have store bought egg replacers, flax seeds, tofu, potato, or yogurt… all of which are commonly recommended egg substitutes. I have been able to use grass fed gelatin with some success, but I have recently found a good bit of success in an unlikely source… the avocado.
Avocados are amazing for dairy-free baking and cooking of all sorts, because it provides a lot of healthy fat and a great creamy texture without a strong taste of its own. I have tried avocados as a base for chocolate mousse and even ice cream but up until this recipe I had never tried them in baked goods.
Here is what my research and experimentation taught me:
When baking with avocados as a substitute for butter, you can assume a one to one ratio, subbing 1 cup of avocado for 1 cup of butter for example.
When baking with avocados as a substitute for eggs, you may need to use anywhere from 2 TBS to 1/4 cup of mashed avocado per egg (depending on how much moisture you need and what flour you are using)
Baking with avocados causes your baked goods to brown more easily and puff up more quickly, even if they are not actually cooked through. This will result in your delicious treat caving in and becoming a wet mess (I say this from experience). To combat this, reduce your oven temperature by 25% and increase your baking time.
Finally, keeping mind that the avocado will turn light colored baked goods light green. If this is appropriate, then they will look fantastic. If you want to avoid this, consider adding in brown spices, chocolate or some other ingredient with a dark color to mask the green color.
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