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What would be a good substitute for butter in an apple crisp recipe?

I'm making an apple crisp for friends who eat dairy free and have never tried a butter substitution in a fruit crisp recipe. Suggestions appreciated!

asked by canative almost 4 years ago

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Kenzi Wilbur

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added almost 4 years ago

Coconut oil is a popular dairy-free substitution, so you might try that!

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added almost 4 years ago

I would suggest coconut oil, but I've heard people also like the earth balance butter substitute--which is sold at WF, and I'd assume other places too.

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added almost 4 years ago

You can also search out soy-margarine at a good Asian food store, otherwise I would go the with texture of Earth Balance as it is not a liquid like coconut oil.

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added almost 4 years ago

I've made crisps many times as a caterer for Kosher clients. When using margarine (or any other non-dairy substitute) just keep in mind that they can be very salty. If your crumb topping recipe calls for salt definitely taste it first to see if it is necessary.

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Emily Weinberger

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added almost 4 years ago

You could also use oil, like canola or vegetable. I've done this a few times when cooking for people with a dairy allery and it was very well accepted. It's super easy to put together (no crumbling of butter) a d crisps up just the same. Enjoy!

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added 6 months ago

Applesauce instead of butter-- of course!!!!!!!!

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Nancy

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added 6 months ago

Good olive oil give great flavor in baking.
Just remember to use 4/5 volume of butter as butter is roughly 80% fat and 20% milk solids.

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Nancy

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added 6 months ago

Correction...the other 18-20% is a combination of milk solids and water.

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added 6 months ago

A butter spread, like Earth Balance, would work. Refined coconut oil (that doesn't taste so coconutty, unless you're going for that flavor) or a neutral vegetable oil. I've also used juice to bind the topping ingredients together...you could try a combo of flax eggs and apple juice concentrate (cut back on the sugar).

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