Easy Substitution for cookies!

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When John came back from the grocery store this weekend, he bought a few bags of cookie mix that were on sale. So, I got his hint, and pulled out the mix the other day to make a batch. What I couldn’t believe is that for a half of a package of cookie mix, you are supposed to add 1/2 cup of butter!!

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So I made a batch, cutting down on the amount of butter. But then I started thinking about substituting ingredients, I have read a lot of recipes lately where you can substitute apple sauce or banana for sugar.
So, I mashed up a banana, and mixed it with the other half of the cookie mix, and added a tablespoon of oil.
Here are the two batches side by side:

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Can you tell which ones used 1/2 cup of butter, and which ones used a banana? We couldn’t either! Pretty cool.
Here is a close up of the two kinds..
The banana ones (if you look closely, you can see the little flecks of banana)

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And, the ones made with butter…

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The banana ones had a slightly different texture, maybe a little more like cake in the center, and you can taste the banana flavour a little, but I don’t think the kids would have even noticed if I didn’t say anything. For the amount of calories and fat it saves, the difference is very little. It means you can eat three times as many without feeling guilty…right?

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