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Foods that Work well using Flaxseed as a Butter Substitute

With a nutty flavor and crammed with antioxidants, flaxseed is a perfect substitute for butter, or at least part of the butter, in countless recipes. These are some highlights:

General guidelines

Flaxseed as a spread for bread

The simplest way to substitute flaxseed for butter in your diet is purchase a spread or margarine, like Smart Balance® ,with flaxseed oil, ready to spread or use as a direct butter substitute.

To make your own creamy spread, blend flax oil with butter and blend into a soft spread

The addition of soft cheese and basil, or your favorite herbs and spices, add interest.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter made in the blender with flaxseed oil is an easy and delicious spread.

Flaxseed and baking

* Use flaxseed in any bread or baked item where a toasted nutty flavor and rustic texture are appropriate.

* This is a rule of thumb: Use 3 tablespoons flaxseed as a substitute for 1 tablespoon butter, margarine, or cooking oil. It is your call to substitute all or part or the fat. Flaxseed changes the texture of baked goods somewhat and you might need to alter the amount of liquid as well. Also your recipe will brown more quickly.

The best idea might be to use a recipe that has already been adjusted and tested with flaxseed substitutions. Then, follow that model to adjust your own recipes.

* An addition of whole flaxseed in bread, pancakes, muffins, cinnamon buns or some cookies can be very pleasant. When sprinkled on top before baking, whole flaxseeds add crunch and flavor.

For finer texture, mill your own seeds through a coffee grinder.

Honey Nut Rice Crispie Treats

You would never guess that these no-bake crispies are so filled with naturally delicious nutrition. Make into walnut-covered balls or flatten into mini-tarts to fill with your favorite ice cream.

Stir Fries

A hand full of whole flaxseed is a flavorful finish to almost any vegetable, pasta, or rice stir fry.

This stir fry of vegetables, rice, and meat uses canola and sesame oil for preparation and is a delicious example of how the distinctive flaxseed flavor is compatible with other non-animal oils.

Oven Fried chicken

Two tablespoons of melted butter hold the crunchy flaxseed and cracker coating in place. If you substitute flaxseed oil for the final drizzle of butter, you will never know the butter was not there.

Flaxseed crackers

These delicious alternatives to purchased snacks rely on a bit of butter added to the dough for their crispness and snap.

Flaxseed hold great nutritional promise as a non-animal substitute for butter. Sometimes in baking you will need to adjust other ingredients, like eggs, to achieve the desired results, but once you understand how the recipes work, it will be easy for you to achieve delicious results.