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If you are looking for food options with less saturated fats, consider using canola oil. Canola oil is made from the rapeseed plant, and can be used in many cooking and baking applications. The oil cannot be converted directly into butter, but it can be substituted in recipes where butter is called for, particularly when baking. Certain recipes do not work well with canola oil instead of butter, such as cookies and cakes where creamed butter is required.

Replace melted butter with canola oil in recipes such as pie crusts, muffins, brownies, chiffon cakes and cornbreads.

Use a lesser amount of canola oil than you would melted butter in a recipe. For recipes that call for 1 cup of melted butter, substitute 3/4 cup of canola oil.

Substitute 2/3 cup canola oil for 3/4 cup melted butter. Use 1/3 cup canola oil when 1/2 cup butter is asked for. Use 3 tbsp. canola oil in recipes that call for 1/4 cup melted butter.

Grease your pans and muffin tins with canola oil instead of butter or another solid fat.