We’ve all been there: You volunteer to make double-fudge brownies for Saturday’s block party. But suddenly it's 11 p.m. on Friday night and you realize you’re out of eggs. Drats.

Don’t fret. There are plenty of easy ingredient substitutions that you probably never even knew existed. (FYI: Mashed avocado is an excellent replacement for eggs.)

Intrigued? Take a look at our cheat sheet.

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ERIN MCDOWELL

Instead of Butter, Use Mashed Avocado

They are both fats (albeit very different ones) and have nearly the same consistency at room temperature, so substituting avocados for butter is not that far off. Next time you set out to make those crowd-pleasing pretzel brownies without any butter, lean on the creaminess and subtle flavor of the avocado. (Honestly, when mixed with chocolate, you can’t taste the difference.) Subbing 1 cup avocado puree for each cup of butter works best.

Universal Muffins
PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Instead of Sugar, Use Applesauce

Muffins are like a blank canvas--you can customize them with any type of add-ins you want, from fruit to nuts. Unfortunately, you need to make the batter first and...you're fresh out of sugar. Luckily, applesauce will do the trick--it gives just the right consistency, adds a hint of sweetness and happens to work perfectly in baking. For the ideal dose, use in a 1-to-1 ratio. Note: For every cup of applesauce, reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup.

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Smucker’s Fruit & Honey

Instead of Salad Dressing, Use Smucker’s Fruit & Honey

So, you whipped up a bowl of quinoa for your signature spin on Greek salad, but quickly realized you're out of that lemon dressing. Switch gears a bit, and turn your savory salad into something a little sweeter with Smucker's Fruit & Honey Triple Berry Spread. Just mix it together with a few tablespoons of Dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar, top with a handful of berries and a sprinkling of feta cheese and you may have just discovered your new signature dish.

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ERIN MCDOWELL

Instead of Eggs, Use Almond Milk

Turns out dairy-free beverages can be used in place of eggs to make a pretty delicious (and consequently, vegan) French toast. Who knew? Use about 1 cup almond milk to replace 2 whisked eggs.

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PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Instead of Mayonnaise, Use Greek Yogurt

The chicken salad sandwich you’ve been craving for lunch has hit a roadblock: No more mayo. Luckily, you can add a squeeze of lemon juice to a container of Greek yogurt and the taste is almost identical. Plus, this swap will provide an extra dose of protein (a win-win).

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