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    23 Brilliant Ingredient Swaps You Should Really Try

    Embrace the swapportunities.

    Amy Sefton / BuzzFeed Life

    We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their smartest ingredient swaps. Here are the tasty results.

    1. Use oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs for all your binding needs.

    Submitted by elynnelim.

    Get the recipe for these doctored Swedish meatballs here.

    2. Try sunflower seeds as a cheaper alternative to pine nuts.

    "About 1/4 of the cost but a similar texture."

    Submitted by anitak4bcf585fa.

    Get this recipe for pesto using sunflower seeds here.

    3. Use the liquid from canned chickpeas (aquafaba) as a vegan substitute for egg white.

    "You can use it for meringues, macaroons... chocolate mousse. It's amazing!"

    Submitted by rebeckat.

    Get the recipe for vegan meringues here.

    4. Spread hummus rather than mayo on your favorite sandwiches.

    Submitted by missalexis.

    Try it in an open face tuna melt! Get the recipe here.

    5. Ditch the breadcrumbs and add crushed goldfish to top your mac and cheese.

    Submitted by Hayley Morrin, Facebook.

    Up your game even more by making them into mac and cheese balls. Get the recipe here.

    6. Opt for applesauce rather than butter or oil in your baked goods.

    Submitted by caceyw.

    These glazed applesauce donuts have no butter or oil in them at all. Get the recipe here.

    7. Substitute the white sugar for pudding mix in cookies.

    "Not really healthier, but it's yummy."

    Submitted by jenomalleyd.

    Check out a recipe for quadruple chocolate pudding cookies here.

    8. Swap out butter for avocado when baking a cake.

    Submitted by anaisv3.

    Get this recipe for chocolate avocado cupcakes here.

    9. Cook rice in broth instead of water to boost the flavor.

    "It can round out an otherwise one-dimensional meal!"

    Submitted by jazzye2.

    Get this recipe for cilantro lime rice here.

    10. Replace eggs with a combo of chia seeds & water.

    "It helps the texture and consistency that eggs usually provide in things like bread or cake."

    Submitted by raphaelahops.

    Get the recipe for vegan whole wheat waffles here.

    11. Substitute pure maple syrup for white sugar.

    Submitted by tayr481c6c6af.

    Get the recipe for these skinny brownies made with maple syrup and applesauce here.

    12. Use yogurt instead of cream in curries or soups.

    Submitted by srishtis418aa0121.

    Totally necessary when there's a chill in the air. Get this recipe for sweet potato coconut curry soup here.

    13. Use cauliflower to make mashed "potatoes."

    Submitted by lianar4ede8ff53.

    Add rosemary and garlic because DUH. Learn how to make it here.

    14. If you're out of buttermilk, swap it out for milk with a little vinegar or lemon juice added.

    "Make tasty scones any time!"

    Submitted by samantham4922961e7.

    Check it out here.

    15. If you're out of brown sugar, mix molasses with plain white sugar.

    Submitted by Ashley Blom, Facebook.

    Get the super easy how-to here.

    16. Cook your brats in beer instead of oil.

    "It's not anywhere near healthy, but it tastes better."

    Submitted by stephaniep79.

    Get this recipe here.

    17. Swap out one egg for half of a ripe banana.

    "The final product is moister and has subtle natural sweetness."

    Submitted by malloryd4de0e7ca3.

    *Bonus* you can eat the batter or dough without being afraid. You can find the recipe for this chocolate banana monkey snack cake here.

    18. Use greek yogurt instead of butter and milk when making boxed mac and cheese.

    "Works best with white cheddar flavors."

    Submitted by ecocrafty.

    Or try cottage cheese! Get the recipe here.

    19. Coat your chicken in crushed Ritz crackers, not breadcrumbs.

    "Turned out to be some of the best cutlets I have ever made!"

    Submitted by jessicaf22.

    Check out the recipe for Ritz cracker butter chicken here.

    20. Use evaporated milk instead of heavy cream in desserts.

    Submitted by s0muchcoffee.

    You'll remove some of the calories AND not have to run to the grocery story every time you need fresh heavy cream. Learn how to make evaporated milk ice cream here.

    21. Low on flour? Pulverize graham crackers to fill out baked goods.

    "Never have I eaten better muffins."

    Submitted by anna42.

    Get the recipe for strawberry cheese cake graham cracker muffins here.

    22. Use creamy avocado instead of mayonnaise in pretty much anything.

    Submitted by gilbertomorenos.

    Try these guacamole deviled eggs for the holidays this year. Get the recipe here.

    23. Replace lasagna noodles with tortillas.

    "So much tastier and super quick. No more dreaded uncooked pasta."

    Submitted by Matthew Joss, Facebook.

    Get the recipe for spicy tortilla lasagna here.

    Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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