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How to Substitute Yogurt for Oil

Updated February 21, 2017

When you want to reduce the fat content and improve the nutritional value in your cake, cookie, muffin or brownie recipe, substitute yoghurt for the vegetable oil. While many cooks use applesauce as an oil substitute in baking recipes, it requires the baker to adjust the sugar amounts to compensate for the sweetness added by the applesauce. When using yoghurt instead of oil, you don't need to adjust the sugar amounts to make the substitution.

Drain the excess liquid off the top of the yoghurt. When you open a carton of yoghurt, there is usually watering substance floating on the top of the yoghurt, which is what you drain off. Your carton of yoghurt might not need to be drained.

Read the recipe to determine how much oil it calls for.

Measure out yoghurt as you would oil. For example, if the recipe calls for 1/4 cup of oil, measure out 1/4 cup of yoghurt instead.

Add the yoghurt to the recipe as if you were adding oil. Follow the rest of the recipe.

Tip

If you only want to replace half of the oil, do not replace it with the same amount of yoghurt. Instead, if the recipe calls for 1 cup of oil, use ½ cup of oil with ¼ cup of yoghurt plus 2 tbsp of yoghurt.

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Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.