Nutrition for Weight Loss Eat Well Inspiration Low-Calorie Recipe Substitutions for Baking By Jennifer R. Scott | Reviewed by a board-certified physician Updated December 26, 2017 Pin Flip Email Print Nadine Greeff/Stocksy United More in Nutrition for Weight Loss Eat Well Inspiration Choosing Healthier Foods Shopping Tips Dining Out Advice Are you trying to lose weight? The way that you cook and especially the way that you bake can play a big role in your success. Low-calorie recipe substitutions will help you cut fat and calories out of your favorite dessert recipes. That way you can still afford to enjoy a diet-friendly sweet treat and keep your diet on track. Recipe Substitutions for Baking Instead of... Use... Milk, whole Fat-free or 1% milk Eggs 2 egg whites per egg or 1/2 cup egg substitute per egg Sugar Splenda sugar blend Chocolate chips Dried fruit Nuts Half required amount (toasted first) White flour Whole wheat flour Cream, heavy Equal parts half-and-half and fat-free evaporated milk Cream, light Equal parts 1% milk and fat-free evaporated milk Sour cream Light sour cream or fat-free plain yogurt Butter Margarine Fruit-flavored yogurt Fat-free plain yogurt mixed with fresh or frozen fruit Whipping cream Fat-free whipped topping or evaporated skim milk (chilled) Syrup Sugar-free syrup or sugar-free preserves or pureed fruit Coconut Half amount required (toasted to enhance the flavor) Traditional pie crust Graham cracker crust Fruit canned in syrup Fruit canned in water or juices General Tips for Healthy Desserts With the recipe substitutions above, you should be able to reduce the calories in your favorite treats. But there is almost no baked dessert that is really good for your diet. But you can enjoy a guilt-free treat if you keep a few tips in mind: Portion control is key. You can enjoy almost any sweet treat as long as you enjoy it in moderation. Make sure you eat just a single serving of your favorite baked dessert—or better yet, just eat half!Skip the creamy toppings. Sometimes it's not the baked dessert but the toppings that add fat and calories. So scrape off the frosting, say no to whipped cream, and save the chocolate sprinkles for another day.Fruit adds volume. Want to make your small baked dessert look bigger and more beautiful? Add fruit! Fruit is not only low in calories but it also provides diet-friendly fiber to help you feel fuller faster.Start with low-calorie recipes. While you can use substitutions to adapt a regular recipe, sometimes it better to make desserts that are naturally low in calories. Meringues, for example, are a tasty low-calorie cookie. And angel food cake is very low in calories and can easily satisfy your sweet tooth. If you're looking for more delicious low-calorie recipes, check out this directory of low-calorie desserts. You'll also find some yummy low-cal treats with this low-fat cooking guide and also at our low carb desserts center. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Get nutrition tips and advice to make healthy eating easier. Email Address Sign Up There was an error. Please try again. Thank you, , for signing up. What are your concerns? Other Inaccurate Hard to Understand Submit Article Sources Armstrong, Cheryl H., MBA, RD. Purdue University School of Consumer and Family Sciences. "Top 20 Healthy Recipe Ingredient Substitutions" (Handout) Nutrition and Food Safety Workshop for Quantity Food Providers. Continue Reading Article Low-Calorie Smoothie Ideas to Try on a Healthy Diet Article Cake in a Mug: A Low-Calorie Cake from the Microwave Article Foods You Should Have in Your Pantry for Low-Carb Cooking Article How to Choose Healthy Korean Dishes When Dining Out Article What to Order at Jamba Juice If You're On a Diet Article Healthy Boneless Buffalo Wings for Any Occasion Article Healthy, Lower-Calorie Vietnamese Food List The 7 Best Low Calorie Snacks to Buy in 2018 Article Can Breakfast Mistakes Sabotage Your Diet? List The Top 10 Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes List Easy Low-Calorie Dessert Recipes to Satisfy Your Cravings Article Lower Fat and Lower Calorie Olive Oil Alternatives Article Low-Calorie Snacks That Boost Your Protein Intake Article Eating Sweets on the South Beach Diet Article The Best and Worst Starbucks Drinks You Can Order Article The Scoop on Low-Calorie Mashed Potatoes Want to Lose Weight in 2019? Let us help you with a personalized meal plan!