18 Brilliant Ingredient Swaps

Written by Aunna Beckemeyer

Social Media Coordinator

It’s baking season! Pies, cookies, cakes and more are being mixed up in houses everywhere and there is nothing worse than realizing you are out of an ingredient mid-stir. We are here to help! Check out our ingenious ingredient substitutions below.

Dry Bread Crumbs

An equal amount of crushed potato chips will give the dish a similar taste and texture.


Light Corn Syrup

An equal amount of Honey is a tasty (cleaner) swap to light corn syrup.

Biofuel or Corn Syrup sweetcorn



Out of cornstarch? Flour will do the trick! Just make sure to use double the amount called for (ex: 1 tbsp. cornstarch = 2 tbsp. flour).

Bowl of finely ground flour suitable for cake recipes


Cream of Tartar

Adding the same amount of lemon juice to a recipe will take the place of Cream of Tartar.




Margarine and vegetable shortening are both interchangeable in recipes.




Equal parts of cinnamon + ginger + cloves makes a great dupe of Allspice.

allspice in spoon



Since Pancake Mix is almost entirely made up of flour, it can be used in recipes when your flour runs out.



Evaporated Milk

An equal amount of light cream makes for a handy ingredient swap when there is no evaporated milk available.



Green Onion

Shallots and green onions are very similar in taste, so equal parts can be swapped in many recipes.




Mixing equal parts of white sugar + water will give any recipe the hint of sweetness in place of honey.

Honey flowing on white background. Clipping paths.



Since ketchup is comprised of tomato sauce + vinegar + sugar, it makes sense that mixing these (to taste) will satisfy your recipe.




An equal amount of plain yogurt will swap with mayonnaise for a (healthier) recipe.

Homemade mayonnaise


Vegetable Oil

Applesauce and vegetable oil are a 1:1 ratio when it comes to baking!

Pouring oil



Equal parts of fruit juice + vinegar will suffice for a recipe (but not for drinking!).



Baking powder

Mixing equal parts of baking soda + cream of tartar can be swapped with baking powder.

baking soda



Equal parts of vinegar + milk will allow for a delicious recipe that calls for buttermilk.




Although it is hard to run out of chocolate, mixing equal parts of cocoa + butter will do the trick for a recipe.




1/4 cup of mayonnaise will act as the binding agent for every one egg that is missing.

Group of brown eggs and yolk in wooden spoon on wooden backgroun


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