Salt free butter substitute for baking?

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Salt free butter substitute for baking?

Postby AngelofTroy » 22 Feb 2014, 15:08

If baking for the whole family, I would tend to use an olive spread or light butter style spread, as I'm concerned about using real butter, it's so high in fat and cholesterol.

However, every spread I've looked at contains quite a bit of salt. It's easy to find unsalted butter so I've been using that for LO's food, but I'd really like to be able to just make one batch of muffins for example!

Does anyone know of a healthier spread without added salt?
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Re: Salt free butter substitute for baking?

Postby robyn » 22 Feb 2014, 15:18

butter's way healthier than all the 'healthy' spreads!
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Re: Salt free butter substitute for baking?

Postby Biddy » 22 Feb 2014, 15:27

Yup, I always use butter. It hasn't got any of the added nasties that margarines and so-called 'healthy' spreads have. I don't see anything wrong with using butter, it's natural and additive-free, it's only unhealthy if you eat loads of it. As part of a balanced diet it's absolutely fine.
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Re: Salt free butter substitute for baking?

Postby RedRum » 22 Feb 2014, 15:51

Agree, I'd just use butter. It'll taste better and have less rubbish in it.
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Re: Salt free butter substitute for baking?

Postby pimento » 22 Feb 2014, 15:53

robyn wrote:butter's way healthier than all the 'healthy' spreads!


This!
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Re: Salt free butter substitute for baking?

Postby fourweewonders » 22 Feb 2014, 16:03

I use butter, olive oil or ground nut oil in baking
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Re: Salt free butter substitute for baking?

Postby StJuniper » 22 Feb 2014, 16:07

NPR just recently posted research about how full fat dairy is better than low fat for maintaining a healthy weight. There has also been new research that suggests our approach to cholesterol has been simplistic in the past and that butter isn't the villain previously thought. Here's a link: http://authoritynutrition.com/butter-vs-margarine/. Babies especially need lots of fat in their diet so I would always choose a real, natural high fat food over a fake, chemical-y diet product. Plus, butter is about a thousand times more delicious.
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Re: Salt free butter substitute for baking?

Postby ToothFairy » 22 Feb 2014, 18:38

robyn wrote:butter's way healthier than all the 'healthy' spreads!


Another vote for this! My Dad always called margarine 'axle grease' and I'm inclined to agree.
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Re: Salt free butter substitute for baking?

Postby PerpetualMadness » 22 Feb 2014, 18:51

WTS butter.
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Re: Salt free butter substitute for baking?

Postby FestiveTidings » 22 Feb 2014, 18:59

Yup. Butter here too.

Margarine is far too processed for my liking. Butter is by far a better, more natural product.

I don't think Roo has ever eaten marg or any other spread. Ive always given him butter as it's all we have in the house.
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Re: Salt free butter substitute for baking?

Postby Brigitte » 22 Feb 2014, 19:30

We use unsalted butter too, for pretty much all the reasons others have mentioned.
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Re: Salt free butter substitute for baking?

Postby meerkatsmum » 22 Feb 2014, 19:49

I was going to quote but then I'd have to quote everyone! I'd use butter.

For toast/sandwiches etc, we use a butter and canola oil blend because it's spreadable. The spreadable butter we were getting was too expensive ( and didn't spread quite as well) so we switched. I do wish we could eat the better stuff but it is what it is. I wouldn't touch margarine with a ten foot pole though. I've heard it's actually black so they die it yellow to look more like butter.
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Re: Salt free butter substitute for baking?

Postby oriel » 22 Feb 2014, 20:27

Not black but greasy off-white, like Vaseline. Which is understandable because it's pretty much the same stuff.

Butter all the way for me. If you want something dairy-free then coconut oil.
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Re: Salt free butter substitute for baking?

Postby doodlesmummy » 22 Feb 2014, 20:38

Yup butter here too, but for cakes I use sunflower oil, makes them stay moister for longer.
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Re: Salt free butter substitute for baking?

Postby Nix » 22 Feb 2014, 20:42

We also use real butter. I buy spreadable in the winter though.
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