How to Substitute Coconut Oil for Butter When Baking

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How to Substitute Coconut Oil for Butter When Baking
Coconut oil is a healthy alternative to butter in baked goods. (Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Coconut oil is a healthy and natural fat substitute made from fresh coconuts. When consumed, it's stored in the body as energy, not as fat, and is easily digested. Coconut oil also contains bacterial and antiviral properties beneficial to the body's immune system. Because it has a subtle flavour, coconut oil is a suitable substitute for butter in baking recipes, making many delectable desserts nutritious as well.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Prepare the ingredients necessary to follow the recipe for your baked goods.

  2. 2

    Combine the ingredients according to the recipe. When it calls for butter, substitute three-quarters the amount of coconut oil. For example, if the recipe calls for one cup butter, use 3/4 cup coconut oil.

  3. 3

    Continue following the recipe.

Tips and warnings

  • Purchase coconut oil at health food stores and some grocery stores.
  • Coconut oil has a consistency similar to shortening, not liquid as the name suggests. To keep it in a solid state, store at temperatures below 25.6 degrees Celsius.

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