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Go Green with the super Avocado for healthier cakes

Cakes contain on average a whole lot of sugar and fat making them a naughty treat. But what if you could make them healthier? Less calories and less saturated fat per slice can only be a good thing, no?

I give you the amazing Avocado.

More and more of us each day are realising the benefit of having this delicious green fruit in our diets. It is high in fibre, full of omega-3s, contains more potassium than a banana and is packed with vitamins and antioxidants providing a wide range of health benefits.
But did you know you can do more with it than just chop it into salads, and add it to smoothies?
Substituting butter with avocado not only lowers the calorie content — 100g of butter is a whopping 737 calories, and the same amount of mashed avocado is only 134! — but it also yields a softer, moister baked good. Whilst still high in fat, avocados contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, which can actually maintain good cholesterol, lower bad cholesterol and help reduce those inches around the middle too.

Here’s a bit of nutritional info for you to compare (Information sourced from Nhs.co.uk)

AvocadoAvocado, Average, Weighed With Skin & Stone
Quantity Serving size kCal Fat(g)

[1x] 100g or 4oz          134 14

Butter
Quantity Serving size kCal Fat(g)
[1x] 100g or 4oz           737 82

Clover Light
Quantity Serving size kCal Fat(g)
[1x] 100g or 4oz          440 49

Stork
Quantity Serving size kCal Fat(g)
[1x] 100g or 4oz           630 70

You can use avocado to replace oil or butter in a cake recipe, and you can replace just some or all of it.  Avocado is naturally green in colour so it will tint your white cakes, but it is undetectable in chocolate cake!

You can always reduce the sugar content of the cake as well by replacing some of the sugar with substitutes such as xylitol or Splenda Sugar Blend for Baking

Published by: Emma Burrows

Enthusiastic and extremely talented Cake Decoration and Sugarcraft Specialist. Emma's creativity and imaginative flair is what makes Shesto demonstrations and tutorials stand out from everyone else.

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