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Hungry Jack Buckeyes

Part of stocking your pantry is having lots of versatile ingredients at the ready for your favorite recipes. I don’t know about you, but even though I strive to be organized, sometimes we run out of a key item or buy too much of something else. I’m all for being creative to use up extra bits and pieces…I just normally try not to do it when company is coming over.

Hungry Jack sent over a few of their most popular products and some out of the box recipe ideas too. The recipe that called my name is their Peanut Butter Buckeyes. These cute desserts incorporate two of my favorite ingredients: peanut butter and chocolate, and an unexpected surprise — Hungry Jack Instant Mashed Potatoes!

If you’ve been couponing a while, these are probably all ingredients you have on hand.  And even though the recipe didn’t call for them, we can’t do dessert in our house without sprinkles….

Peanut Butter Buckeye with Sprinkles

My girls loved these and they had no idea there were mashed potatoes in them.

Hungry Jack is challenging all of us to be more resourceful in the kitchen. There are two ways you can get involved: First, enter the giveaway here on Southern Savers to win a Hungry Jack Pantry Pack.  Then, head over to Hungry Jack’s Use Up the Box Contest and submit your own original recipe idea for a chance to win FREE groceries for a year ($8,000 value)!

The Giveaway

One Southern Savers reader will win a Get Happy with Hungry Jack Pantry Pack including:

-Hungry Jack Syrup
-Hungry Jack Pancake Mix
-Hungry Jack Easy Pack Pancake Pouches
-Hungry Jack Mashed Potatoes
-Hungry Jack Hashbrowns
-$75 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card
-and great recipe ideas!

To Enter

Leave a comment below about the last time you substituted an unexpected pantry ingredient and how it turned out.

Don’t forget to enter a recipe into the Hungry Jack Use Up the Box Contest for your chance at free groceries too!

    • cbachmann

      I substituted applesauce for margarine and it worked perfectly! The cookies just a bit more squishy than normal. :)

    • theaikenparrs

      I substituted stirring in Kraft flavored cream cheese into mashed potatoes when I was low on butter and it was delicious!!!

    • Jessica

      I sub. orange juice for water, worked out well

    • lucysullivan

      I learned that baking soda nad banking powder are NOT interchangeable

    • Marcie

      Applesauce is a great alternative to butter

    • Lucy

      I like to substitute soymilk for regular cows milk

    • Okay, this might sound gross but I assure you it isn’t. I was making cornbread the other night and realized I was out of eggs….So, I substituted the eggs for mayonnaise! Yes! Mayo!! Guess what? It was the best cornbread I ever made! Who knew?! lol

    • Noel

      My fave alternative is using frozen berries for fresh–cheaper too!

    • scarmstrongs

      I made cake pops and substituted applesauce for oil. I always bake my cakes with applesauce now as it’s much healthier and still serves the purpose of keeping it moist:)

    • Beth

      I add a shot of hungry jack when I’m making omelettes–it’s my secret ingredient to making them fluffy

    • Katie

      The “craziest” substitution I’ve done is use a can of Dr. Pepper instead of oil in a cake…wild, I know!

    • I wanted brownies but only had chocolate cake mix. I went online and found a recipe for brownies using chocolate cake mix. They turned out pretty good. They were a little cakey and I like mine fudgier, but all in all were good for a “chocolate fix.”

    • Will

      Eggs and egg whites/egg substitutes are interchangeable in most recipes!

    • Amanda

      I put some canned pumpkin in my chili one night. I will always do it going forward, it added great texture and packs so much nutritional punch. I can’t taste any difference one way or another!

      • esyke623

        What a good idea! I’m going to try that!

      • Gloria

        Awesome, I have to try that

      • Daleen

        How much did you add?

    • Anita

      Thought I had spagetti sauce and ricotta cheese to make mini lasagna cups from pinterest, but had to substitute picante sauce. Not too bad…

    • newbie

      I am always having to do an internet search to find an acceptable substitute for an ingredient last minute! The last one was a greek recipe where I was able to successfully substitute sour cream for the yogurt that was called for. It turned out so good! But for calories sake, I will stay with the original recipe when I can :)

    • Kelly Cox

      I’ve done this so many times! I try to use what I have. One thing I did was mistakenly using the powdery kind (in a can) of grated cheese rather than the shredded parmesan cheese. Quite a different taste and texture! I get that one right now. ;)

    • thecouponman

      Substituing applesauce for oil. Turned out great!

    • paula

      Instead of flour and chicken stock for a roux for my potato soup this weekend, I used instant loaded baked potato flakes – not one drop of soup was left! This item was something that I received free from a catalina that printed out at Bi-lo one day. Nothing I would have normally bought. I will be sure to keep it on hand for future uses though!

    • katiea813@yahoo.com

      I just recently started baking and started couponing. So I am very anxious to start stocking my pantry :)

    • AP

      My grandmother used to give me a spoonful of peanut butter with sugar on top as an occasional treat. Yum!

    • Beth

      I once used a can of coke instead of oil and eggs for a cake

    • esyke623

      I once substituted sour cream into a boxed au gratin potatoes recipe, since I was out of milk. They turned out creamy and delicious!!! I love when mistakes turn out well!

    • Melanie

      When Imitation was time to roll out my pizza dough I realized I was out of flour (of all things). I used Italian bread crumbs instead and it turned out beautifully.

    • WC08

      Last year I did a Daniel fast and we couldn’t have any sugar or sweeteners so I made oatmeal with Odawalla juice. It was still kinda bland but made the oatmeal edible!

    • Elizabeth

      I substitued crackers for bread crumbs.

    • I substituted yogurt for sour cream one night for tacos, we couldnt tell a difference!

    • cassia2

      Not unexpected, but I tried substituting homemade chocolate for melted chocolate chips (baking with a peanut allergy in mind). After a lot of desperation I finally got it to be fudge-like. The treats still turned out pretty well, despite the “substitution.” :D

    • Kristina cowart

      I am a much better cook than a baker, but I have substituted applesauce instead of oil for a cake. Much better tasting!

    • NicoleJoy

      used black beans in brownies… really good!

    • Ashley

      I used sour cream instead of mayo — and it worked just fine! I would love to win this!

    • dawg4

      My recipe called for self-rising flour which I didn’t have in my pantry, so I found a substitute by using: 3/4 c. all-purpose flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1/4 tsp. salt. It turned out great!

    • KaraFos

      I recently used flax seed as an egg substitute for zucchini bread and it was great!

    • Tara

      I really don’t remember doing that– I’d be too scared. If I don’t have an ingredient, I usually just scrap the idea and make something else, or run to Dollar General down the road from us. :)

    • Megan Paterson

      i used greek yogurt instead of oil when baking!

    • Stacey

      They other day I used Powdered Sugar instead of flour, on total accident. The chilli I was making actually came out amazing!

    • LouAnn S.

      I substituted organic peanut butter for regular peanut butter in making peanut brittle. It was bad! It was mushy and tasted like dirt.

    • Kaylee @Couponing & Cooking

      I was making cookies and I realized I was out of chocolate chips so I chopped up Dove Promises instead!

    • Debby

      I was out of corn starch to thicken my stew so I used instant potatoes instead and it came out great!

    • Melissa

      I gave my sister a recipe for chicken and dumplings once and accidentally wrote “baking soda” instead of “baking powder” for the dumplings part. Terrible accidental substitution!! She said the dumplings turned out like crackers…she couldn’t figure out what she had done wrong. I felt horrible…but we laugh about it now!

    • Jennifer

      Uhmm, I’m not that of a creative cook to substitute anything! If I don’t have the ingredients, I won’t make it >.<

    • Sarah smith

      I made pizza dough with just self rising flour adn greek yogurt last night and it was amazing!

    • Gloria

      I threw in Dried cranberries to a pasta salad I was making, now it is the norm, great boost

    • Summer

      I have always been to scared to substitute anything. Maybe I can try something soon. I always seem to have to run out for 1 missing ingredient.

    • Lynn in MD

      I’ve had good luck substituting apple sauce for several things in recipes – oil, eggs, etc. Makes the baked goods nice & yummy and cuts out the fat.

    • Just over the weekend, I used sour cream instead of mayo. Tasted fine to me, the fam didn’t even notice the difference ;)

    • meegan

      Mayo for an egg in meatloaf… made it super moist!

    • I don’t like ricotta or cottage cheese, and neither does my DH…so when I make lasagna, I soften a package of cream cheese and mix it with shredded mozzarella to give it that slightly chunky texture. Everyone loves it!

    • Abby Paul

      I substituted rotail diced tom. for tom. sauce in a recipe for rice and it actually turned out well a little spicey but it was yummy

    • Abbie

      I used flour tortillas instead of biscuits or dumplins in chicken and dumplins. Gives the same effect but not as heavy.

    • renee minor

      I substitute milk + vinegar for buttermilk all the time :)

    • Erinn Giblin

      coconut oil in place of butter and all other oils. :) Tastes great, and it is great for you!

    • susan1968

      i have used Hellmans olive oil mayo spread lightly with herbs and grilled to keep moist

    • Chrissy B.

      I tend to use substitute items in recipes a lot, mostly because I don’t feel like spending extra money to get the ingredients that are called for (or I’m too lazy to leave the house to get them!). The other day I made a slow cooker stroganoff that called for chuck steak (I used ground beef) and 1 cup sour cream (I didn’t have quite enough sour cream, so I supplemented it with low-fat cream cheese). Came out great!

    • Ashley Anderson

      I use mayo in my mash potatoes. It gives it a little bit of tang and really makes the flavor pop, no one ever figures it out!

    • werthrl

      I last substituted greek yogurt for sour cream in a grape salad. Turned out great! Here’s to hoping I win!

    • I substituted sour cream for buttermilk in a quick bread recipe and it turned out great

    • I was making Meatballs and was out of Bread Crumbs – I substituted using Savory Herb Stuffing mix I had in the Pantry. They turned out delicious! And now, that is the the way I always make them!! :)

    • Jim

      I used crisco instead of butter and it worked out very well

    • Beckamichelle

      I was trying to make cornbread and didn’t have any eggs so I used mayonnaise instead…it was actually better than without the mayo! Super moist!

    • Julie

      I use greek yogurt instead of sour cream in recipes.

    • Sydney Butler

      Plain yogurt is a great sub for mayo

    • Joann Boswell

      applesauce for oil!

    • Barbara Terry

      My family loves corn chowder. The last time I made it, the chowder wasn’t as thick as I wanted. I used the instant mashed pototoes as a thickener. It worked great.

    • MJ

      The other night I used apple juice in place of white wine…no one even noticed!

    • Diane

      I used milk with a little oil instead of half and half in a chicken recipe recently and I didn’t notice any difference!

    • Tonia L.

      Since it’s holiday time…Not really “unexpected”, but…I use eggnog in place of milk or cream in some recipes. I’ve also used it in my oatmeal. MMMMMmmm…

    • dpjthomas3

      When making oatmeal cookies – discovered I was short on oatmeal – so I used instant flavored oatmeal. It gave it a different flavor which the family enjoyed.

    • Unexpected company forced me to add an ingredient to my meatloaf, to make it go futher. It was black beans! I ground them up and added them to my meatloaf mixture, no one even noticed!

    • Jahna Allen-Smith

      I just got a great recipe book for beans and have been adding beans to all kinds of dishes like chocolate cake. It tastes great, has lots of nutritional value and my kids do not have a clue!

    • cher

      i used oatmeal instead of bread crumbs for my casserole dish, It takes good!

    • Laura

      I made chocolate chip cookies with chickpeas. They were yummy!

    • Lauren

      Applesauce instead of oil in some granola bars – really tasty, but a little slimy!

    • Canned milk for fresh in instant mashed potatoes, both pantry freebies from couponing – YUM!

    • r

      I made chicken and dumpling soup and tried to save time using canned biscuits. Ha, turns out they had bits of butter flavor in them, egh! I will stick to homemade dumplings from now on

    • Lsylte

      I used brown sugar instead of granulated sugar in banana bread… came out great! I’m never using granulated again for that recipe :)

    • Andi

      Once I substituted olive oil in a pound cake recipe because I was out of vegetable oil. I was worried it would taste strange but honestly I didn’t even notice a difference!

    • momto3insc

      I use applesauce instead of oil in cake mix recipies!! It’s delicious!!

    • I used greek yogurt instead of cream cheese in my pumpkin cheesecake recipe. It tasted really good, but had more of that Jell-O no bake cheesecake consistency. We liked it, so we will make that switch from now on.

    • Aimee

      Made a pumpkin dump cake using a crumb cake mix instead of a yellow cake mix (which I was out of) – it was the best cake ever!!

    • lwhittaker

      I used honey instead of sugar to make homemade Reeces cups….they turned out yummy!

    • Sarah B

      I’m really bad about knowing how and when to substitute…ususally I just stick to the recipes. But, sometimes recipes have surprise ingredients in them too!

    • Sherri

      I ran out of ketchup for meat loaf and used barbeque sauce instead. Everyone loved it!

    • blessedsmith

      I used milk with vineagar for buttermilk and I don’t know if any diiferent.

    • Erin Titus

      To try to get my toddler to eat more veggies, I try to put chopped up spinach in lots of her meals without her knowing! Easier said than done, but I try!

    • Jessica M.

      I have used Applesauce in place of oil/butter.

    • Robert

      Well.. hmm.. I used a cake mix and had a urge for something different.. I used Breeze Almond Coconut milk instead of water and a banana for the oil but still used the eggs.. WOW well after baking I used honey and crushed almonds rather than frosting.. NICE!…

    • kris r

      i put red wine vinegar in a soup instead of rice vinegar. it tasted awesome and took some of the bitterness out. i think next time i will try apple cider vinegar.

    • Legossi

      We often substitute gluten free flours for regular flours. I recently learned that ground chia seed is a good substitute for xanthan gum!

    • MichelleOU

      I made a dip using chickpeas, peanut butter, brown sugar, choco chips, and vanilla. It tasted just like cookie dough!

    • Julie

      I tried making my own chili seasoning with spices I already had in the pantry. It was okay….haha

    • lashawn

      brown sugar instead of regular sugar for my sweet potato recipes!!

    • Kate

      The classic — applesauce instead of oil. That’s about as daring as I get!

    • amyK

      I just substituted plain greek yogurt in lieu of sour cream in a chocolate cupcake recipre and it came out FABULOUS!! So moist

    • Jen

      I substitute baking powder for baking soda accidentally, quite often. (I blame my wonderful little 2 year old helper!) We made an orange bundt cake last weekend and used baking soda instead of powder, and it turned out great!

    • Vicky

      I substitute sour cream or greek yogurt for mayonnaise, it tastes just as good and is healthier.

    • Krystal Smith

      I am not that creative – if I don’t have the ingredients I usually make something else. But I love buckeyes so I will definitely try the mash potatoes idea!

    • Luanne Thayer

      I routinely substitue ingredients because i did realize we were out. Greek yogurt instead of mayo in chicken salad. Frozen edamame instead of english peas in tuna pasta salad. These are 2 of my most recent substitutions.

    • caroline

      my grandmother and I were making a german chocolate cake and she wanted to use applesauce in it but didn’t have any, so she used SAUERKRAUT! grossed me out at the time, but the cake was delicious!

    • Ohhh I love this subject, I feel I am the queen of substitutions, self-titled of course. :) I have done lots of what has already been listed by others as far as the yogurt for sour cream, applesauce for oil and so on, but I would have to say my most favorite substitution is….cottage cheese instead of ricota for lasagna. It is soooo good, needless to say I liked the sub so much I dont even use ricotta anymore. :) The whole family loved it also.

      • couponbug

        I WILL try this! Thanks!

      • Adrienne

        I sometimes substitute up to half the ricotta with half silken tofu. It’s cheaper, lower in fat and calories, and you don’t even notice it with all the herbs, parmesan cheese and garlic you add to the filling.

    • I used butter and milk to make heavy cream. Wasn’t horrible, but probably wouldn’t do it again.

    • Angie

      I used canned pumpkin in my spaghetti and it made it very creamy, delicious, and healthy!

    • sdg3

      made my own “Bisquick” to substitute for Bisquick

    • sarah black

      When making banana bread recipe calls for buttermilk, but didn’t have any so subbed milk with vinager instead

    • A.Floyd

      I was out of chili bean one time and used cans of pork n beans with with lean ground beef. It was different, but everyone ate it.

    • I do this quite a bit—–I like to put canned spinach in pasta sauces because once it’s chopped and blended, you can’t tell it’s there

    • Felicia

      I am a vegetarian, so I frequently replace ground beef with soy based beefless crumbles in chili, tacos and casseroles and it always turns out wonderfully. Even my non-vegetarian family eats it!

    • Angie

      I added peanut butter to my chili once, it was awesome!! Very smooth and creamy

    • When baking a box cake used only diet soda, no eggs, no oil. Turned out great!

    • I have substituted applesauce for oil in many recipes. I have never thought about using potato flakes in the buckeye recipe! wow!

    • kim

      I seasoned my crockpot pinto beans with some tobasco sauce to add some spice, they were great!

    • Amy Lauren

      I’d love to win. I used plain greek yogurt instead of mayo on a sandwich once and it tasted almost the same, with a lot fewer calories and less fat.

    • Sonia Driver

      add instant mashed potatoes to soup to thicken

    • miamiperson123

      I was making a pizza from scratch and ran out of flour. I looked around and found cornmeal in the pantry and substituted what I was missing in flour with the cornmeal and served it to the family and guests. It was fantastic! Problem is that for all these years I have tried to recreate it and have not been able to. Talk about a once in a lifetime meal….

    • one time I grabbed the cloves instead of the cinnamon….not a good idea

    • tammyla

      last week i was out of all-purpose flour so i used self-rising flour to make cookies, i just reduced the amount of salt, they turned out good

    • I always make my own buttermilk using lemon juice and regular milk.

    • Amber W.

      Can’t think of anything too creative that I’ve done, but I love to use yogurt or sour cream in place of half of the oil when I’m baking!

    • Made some peach cobbler the other day last minute. Didn’t have any plain oats for the topping, so I mixed two small packets of instant oatmeal (cinnamon spice flavor) with about a cup and a half of chopped pecans. Also, it called for a cup of brown sugar, which I was out of. Replaced that with 3/4 c. granulated sugar and some real maple syrup. The recipe turned out way better with the improvised ingredients than it has with the intended ones in the past. Yay for kitchen improvisation!

    • Joy G

      My hubby is learning to cook now that he is home and I am working. He recently used cubed steak instead of ground beef in the spaghetti because they look so similar when frozen. The texture of the sauce was definitely different, but the taste was great!

    • claire

      Recently hid some already cooked leftover sweet potatoes in a recipe for banana bread. Totally good, and a little heartier than your average banana bread.

    • Kristy Couch

      I used mayo in my mashed potatoes! Tastes great and super creamy!

    • Catharine

      Yogurt for sour cream in cornbread

    • VP22

      I was making pancakes that called for buttermilk and I did not have any so I substituted regular milk with some vinegar mixed in and my pancakes came out great.

    • Deb

      I sometimes substitute, and have tried many of the substitutions already shared here. Most of the time though, I just leave it out if I don’t have it.

    • tanyalulu

      Sometimes I use spaghetti sauce instead of pizza sauce for my pizzas.

    • kristin

      I always use chicken broth instead of milk & butter in my mashed potatoes . . . A yummy, healthier option!

    • cdietro

      I used honey in a recipe instead of sugar. Turned out good.

    • Jenny Super

      I wanted to cook a turkey and wanted to have stuffing but did not have any bread or Stovetop. All I could find were some Goldfish crackers. I used a pack of the plain and a pack of the parmesan, mixed them with my regular stuffing recipe ingredients, stuffed my bird, and cooked away. It was delicious!!! My husband said he liked it better than my usual stuffing. Have done it several times since!

    • Betsy Rubendall Barnes

      One time, I put cream cheese in my spaghetti sauce. That is about as “daring” as get when cooking, lol :)

    • tammy

      Vinegar instead of eggs in a cake and it turned out fine =-)

    • I have substituted rice flour and oat flour for regular flour. You have to add a little bit of apple sauce to moisten it up!

    • Stacy

      I didn’t have any buttermilk so I added vinegar to milk to make it.

    • Jessica

      When making meatloaf I realized I was out of bread crumbs. I substituted Cheez-Its instead. The meatloaf turned out great an nobody was any the wiser!

    • KATY

      I usually add a dollop of sour cream in most cookie recipes, makes them a bit softer. I also had cottage cheese and milk to my scrambled eggs to make the eggs go further. Or cream cheese in eggs – yum! I guess these aren’t ‘substitutions’, but additions. I love reading everyone’s comments!

    • Brenda

      Once I accidentally grabbed the cornmeal instead of flour for fried chicken. I realized it after I added some, so then I just added flour with it…turned out amazing!

    • Kirstie

      When I make breakfast muffins I will substitute apple sauce in place of the oil or other ingredients that are meant to keep the product moist. We make our own applesauce from our apple tree, so it’s organic and a much healthier option than veggie oil.

    • kbahr

      I went through a phase where I was experimenting with bread pudding recipies. I had one I liked but when I went to do it, I found I didn’t have white sugar and used brown instead. It came out better than I thought it would, so I plan to use it again.

    • sandra

      I ran out of chocalote syrup for my little girl’s love chocolate milk and I used cocoa mix. Trust me it does not work it was afwul.

    • Robin

      I made pumpkin bread, but didn’t have any eggs so I added mashed banana to it instead

    • lora

      applesauce in cakes, sweet potato or pumpkin in pancakes

    • My all time favorite substitution is for buttermilk..you stir 1 tbs white vinegar and add enough water to equals 2 cups, and let it sit for 5 mins! I’ve used this in everuthing that calls for buttermilk!

    • Helen Popan

      i use applesauce to substitute for oil in any of my baking recipies. it takes amazing!

    • Gina Rampy

      I was making biscuits and didn’t realize I didn’t have enough flour and had to use a little cornmeal. They turned out a little “chewy” but not too bad but I wouldn’t do it again. lol

    • April

      Made homemade tortillas and used wheat free flour. They were okay really didn’t have a taste. I have a son that has allergies to wheat!

    • Bsurfergirl

      It’s not exciting, but I sub ground turkey or chicken anytime a recipe calls for ground beef!

    • Cam

      I used cinnamon in my Mother’s recipe for sweetbisuits and it turned out better than I thought.

    • nashtine

      Used Instant mashed potatoes instead of cream in soup.

    • Sandy

      I added cinnamon to my ground beef when making meat sauce spaghetti! It turned out really tasty

    • Liz

      I put rotel into a recipe instead of salsa-it was spicy!

    • Susan

      I used Goldfish in place of corn flakes on top of a casserole. : )

    • MANDY


    • Der1008@aol.com– I used cocoa powder in my chili on saturday, and irt was amazing!

    • Leah

      I am a recipe follower! I have substituted applesauce or brown sugar in recipes but that is about my extent!

    • Monica

      The best substitute is for oil and eggs and water in a cake mix. Use a diet soda. Very moist yummy cake.

    • EMD

      Instead of cubed bread, I substituted seasoned croutons in my meat loaf, it was great..

    • megan adams

      I used applesauce instead of oil in a cookie recipe and they turned out pretty good.

    • I substituted apple sauce for oil in a recipe. It tasted good and had fewer calories.

    • Amy

      I substitute oat flour for all recipes that call for regular white flour and it often takes a little adjusting to the recipe but eventually I can get it to work out.

    • we decided to make chicken and dumpling soup and chicken noodle soup (with egg noodles) and then mix them together. It was yummy and had a perfect consistency, not too thick, not too thin!

    • Jenny Lloyd

      the last substitute i made was using greek yogurt instead of sour cream in a casserole because my husband is not a huge fan of sour cream. the casserole turned out great and i will stick with using greek yogurt

    • Apple pie filling in my cake ! Yumm

    • Jessie C.

      I used flax seed/meal to replace eggs for baking, it turned out perfect as well.

    • D Harper

      i used pancake mix instead of bisquick in a squash casserole. Turned out ok. it was really sweet.

    • Cristy

      I’ve used coffee in chocolate fudge when I didn’t have any peanut butter or walnuts. It gives it a gourmet taste, like something you might buy at Starbucks. It tasted great.

    • Lyndi Hedgecock

      i put sour cream in lots of stuff just to use it up, because no matter what we always have extra that will go to waste! i put it in cake mixes and baked mac and cheese, those are the ones that always get it! LOL! :)

    • Brandi Holady

      i add some vanilla that my friend got me from Mexico (the real stuff!) when i do pancakes or anything that requires vanilla, the qulity of the vanilla is great so the end product is even better!

    • tracy webb

      I now add oatmeal in place of bread in my meatloaf.

    • kinsi

      I ran out of vanilla while making a chocolate chip cookie receipe. So I grabbed a bottle of creme de coca, poured some in, and used it in place of the vanilla. And the cookies were amazing.

    • Kathryn

      Applesauce is a great subsitute for oil or any other ingredient intended to keep a recipe moist. Can be a lot healthier too especially if you make your own!

    • Susan

      Out of sandwich bread for school lunch – spread peanut butter on leftover thin pancake & rolled it up like a crepe. My daughter loved it!

    • I was making a spicy bbq sauce for grilled chicken and realized that I was out of hot sauce. So, I used chili powder and a little cinnamon! It turned out great!!

    • Karen

      Used Bisquick to make cookies. Turned out good, but not my favorite.

    • I’ve used coffee in chocolate fudge when I didn’t have any peanut butter or walnuts. It has a gourmet taste, like something you might find at a Starbucks. It also gives it a kick. Husband loved it.

    • B j

      I picked blackberries last summer, instead of making pie crust I used crescent rolls for dough and dumplings. Worked great.

    • I used Agave nectar instead of corn syrup – a nice honey like surpirse. I have used it again.

    • HTaylor

      In my pumpkin muffin recipe, I used apple sauce instead of vegetable oil and they turned out wonderful and tasty!

    • Mia

      Apple sauce for oil

    • Kristl

      i tend to substitute brown sugar (all or just some) in the place of white in most cookie recipes (makes them moister) first time was an accdent i didnt have enough white sugar and couldnt run out for more so i used the light brown sugar i had.. i’ve also put pumpkin in my chili and my stew gives it a nice smooth mouth feel and a nice nutritional boost..

    • Joan Rickert

      greek yogurt in sauces and dressings to lighten then up!

    • Melissa

      We ran out of bread one morning for my son’s lunch and he only will take a pb sandwich so I made him some mini pancake pb sandwiches. They were a huge hit and he wants them at least 1 time a week for lunch.

      • cher

        I might mention this to my brother and sister in law. They make pancakes EVERY weekend for the kids. Packing lunches can be a pain for creativity sometimes. Bet the kids would love it too.

    • Jennifer Reid

      Recently had to substitute canned carrots for fresh carrots in a carrot cake (Suprisingly it turned out well!). Kids thought the carrots in the fridge were for snacking – unaware of the cake plans.

    • Morgan

      I ran out of chicken cans and substituted tuna in my cheese spread. that actually turned out pretty good. different taste but a new cheese spread to try.

    • cant think of anything as I always have a few pantry

    • Kimberly R.

      We ran out of Spaghetti Sauce once and totally forgot about it although we had already made some grilled chicken and the spaghetti noodles. We had taco seasoning on hand and some salsa so we made Chicken Taco Spaghetti style! It was different for sure, but not bad actually. If only the noodles were penne, macaroni, or even spiral pasta then I bet it would be pretty good!

    • Jamie Buchanan Benningfield

      When I was younger, I wanted my grandmother to make a banana pudding but we didn’t have any graham crackers. She used some christmas cookies instead and we all thought it was so funny!

    • jensave

      I am always too nervous to substitute! I HAVE to follow the recipe!

    • mami2jcn

      I wanted to make myself a sandwich recently but had no bread, so I used waffles as the bread for my sandwich!

    • Amy

      I am always substituting unexpected ingredients! I’m always exchanging sour cream / buttermilk / yogurt in baking, and especially dried fruits / nuts / coconuts for whatever we have on hand.

    • Kelly

      My mom was wanting to add something to her P&J sandwich one day so it wouldn’t be so bland. She decided to use mustard and sweet onions. When people here of this combo, they cringe. But she raves about how it’s having sweet and sour together and reminded her of a Chinese meal flavor.

    • Kim

      I used a can of soda in my cake mix last week!

    • Stacy Wiley

      I haven’t been cooking long enough to try any crazy substitutions – I need more courage!!!! (my husband is usually the cook, but he has been living out of town for nearly a year now!)

    • volvosweetie

      Was making pizza and didn’t have enough mozzorella cheese, subbed swiss cheese it was awlful. My 16yo son now always ask “Mom you did not use swiss again.” LOL

    • angela

      i substituted a can of cream of chicken soup in my pork pot roast because i didnt have mushroom and it came out just fine.

    • alivias_closet

      Honestly, I’ve never made a substition because I’m not the best cook and don’t have confidence in this department.

    • Charity Ayres

      I was making banana bread but was lower on brown sugar than I thought. I added maple syrup and it tasted great!

    • Amy P

      I used vanilla yogurt in place of sour cream in a ranch ham and cheese noodle dinner recipe for once. My family really liked the flavor.

    • MelanieG

      When I was out of fresh potatoes, I made Shepherds Pie with Hungry Jack mashed potatoes on top!

    • Rebecca Johnson Anderson

      I make loads of substitutions, but can’t think of anything that I would call unusual…

    • Karman

      We just put sweet potato in our chili and it was really tasty.

    • Michelle Smith

      I didn’t have buttermilk one time and made my own with milk and vinegar. It turned out great.

    • susandtim

      i used pizza sauce instead of diced tomatoes in my taco soup. still good!

    • hliz

      I added spinach to the blueberry filling of oatmeal bars. They were wonderful and the spinach taste disappears.

    • Cathy

      I made cookies with maple syrup rather than brown sugar once and now I use maple syrup all the time!!

    • Amber

      I use crushed crackers a lot when I run out of breadcrumbs, sub in herb/garlic cheese spread, instead of extra eggs in my meatballs… I’m sure I’ve done more creative substitutions but nothing is coming to mind right now. :)

    • Shana Sparks

      Never mix up baking soda and baking powder!…not a good combo to switch up on accident! :)

    • pollard1184

      I made a recipe for a vinigarette dressing that called for white wine vinegar but all I had was red wine vinegar so I used that. Now I keep forgetting to buy the right one and instead just keep buying the red wine vinegar.

    • Nichole

      Made a chocolate cake with cooked beets inside- my husband loved it! That was a few months ago and I still refuse to tell him my secret ingredient! :)

    • Rachel S

      I just had some tomatoes from the garden going bad, so I decided to make a homemade spaghetti sauce. I had a recipe but didn’t have everything. Did some substitutions, tomato soup for paste, everything worked out yummy!

    • Jessica

      I was making chicken fettucini alfredo and had made the pasta and heated up the alfredo sauce….but I forgot to pull any chicken out of the freezer! I threw a can of salmon in and added parmesan cheese and it was AWESOME!

    • L.C.

      never try anything different but i would like to!!

    • sarah

      I substitute agave syrup for anything sweet in receipes. Gives great texture and is a little healthier than other options.

    • kristin haney

      I put some syrup in a marble cake mix when I ran out of sugar. It worked pretty good believe it or not.

    • L.C.

      wish i could make something like this!!

    • Glo

      I added leftover artichoke hearts (from calzones) to my spinach/ sausage quiche. I loved it!

    • ME

      I always put a little worchestershire sauce in my baked beans, but was out one day. For a little zing, I grabbed the bbq sauce and gave it a shake or two. Turned out ok, but still better the regular way.

    • AM

      We were trying to make sugar cookies recently and didn’t have any oil, so we substituted applesauce. However, the only kind of applesauce we had was chunky cinnamon! It added an interesting element to the sugar cookies! :)

    • stephj

      I substituted for buttermilk in my pound cake by adding vinegar to regular milk on Saturday.

    • carriearmywife

      While making zucchini bread I realized I was lacking about 1/2 cup of flour. So I substituted by grinding up some oatmeal in my food processor…I didn’t tell anyone. SHH! :0)

    • Kat

      I recently substituted chicken gravy for cream of chicken for my broccoli cauliflower bake. It tasted great.

    • Cindy

      If i run out of sour cream i use french onion chip dip, give it extra flavor… yum-yum

    • tom

      very interesting,thank for the info

    • Lisa C

      I put salsa in my meatloaf

    • Charlene

      I was making a chicken pot pie one night and realized I was out of bisquick for the topping. So I used Hungry jack pancake mix. It worked great and tasted awesome. I love Hungry Jack.

    • rjenkins

      I can’t think of anything I’ve used as a subsitution since my expertise is not cooking.

    • Sarah

      I put chicken broth in my gumbo instead of water. My husband is from Louisiana and he adored it!

    • Substituted a chili seasoning packet for the spices called for in a recipe – not too bad!

    • LeRae

      I had heard you can substitute banana for egg…so I did, in a brownie recipe. Umm its not recommended unless you Really like bananas! LOL My kids did not like it, only my husband ate the brownies!

    • Jon

      I use peanut butter in chicken marinade with soy sauce and orange juice….. yumy

    • Sadie

      Didn’t have any white wine for a butternut squash risotto I was making, so I watered down some rice vinegar and it was excellent!

    • winnie

      I substituted evaporated milk for reg milk in a peach cobbler and it was much better.

    • cher

      Aside from the vinegar to milk (i used powdered milk, mixed it up and added the vinegar) for a substitute for buttermilk. (NOTE: I have finally broken down and purchase $$$ powdered buttermilk)
      I substitute a lot of things just as a habit -what I have on hand and make it work. I do Substitute a lot of soy products for meat. I love TJ’s Soy Chorizo. I used Agave syrup for corn syrup to make can’t mess up peanut brittle in the microwave. Less of a hit on the blood sugar.

    • I have also used sweet potato in a banana bread, it’s good.

    • Karie

      I added some applesauce to my grandsons pancakes and they were yummy!

    • Danielle T

      one time i accidentally substituted some self rising flour for all purpose flour.. and the result tasted nasty lol, i learned the difference between the two though!

    • Benjamin Spaulding

      I was out of a pre-packaged steak rub I love and just pulled a bunch of spices from the cabinet and took a shot at what I thought might work well. Best home steak I’ve ever had. Been trying to recreate it ever since (with no luck).

    • Erin J

      The last eclair cake I made ended up with layers of teddy grahams (free after coupons, of course!) instead of graham crackers like usual. I already had the filling mixed up when i realized I had forgotten the crackers. It tasted just as good! No one even noticed.

    • Melissa

      While making pizza I found that I didn’t have any sauce! I blended canned stewed tomatoes and added a few other fun things that I found on my shelves and voila! No one knew the difference! I made sure to take out the cans before dinner so I could keep my little secret!

    • Madison T

      Added a can of pineapple, curry and brown sugar to brown rice. Delicious Hawaiian rice as a side!

    • Nicole

      I added spinach, broccoli, and tomato chunks into my pasta to get my veggie servings and it tasted sooo good. I now do it all the time :)

    • Kim

      Applesauce in place of oil is always a winner!

    • Being on disibility groceries are greatly appreciated.

    • I read about putting pumpkin in chili. As chili season is here I’ll have to try it.

    • Julesrnbsn

      For a healthy and fiber full desert try substituting mashed black beans in a brownie mix. Make sure you mash the beans though and you’ll get a wonderful fudgey texture.

    • Ang

      I’m an awful cook. I’m too scared to substitute anything!! :(

    • Andrea

      I’ve used greek yogurt instead of sour cream in a buffalo chicken dip – it was delicious. added a little extra something to it!

    • Amber

      I found a recipe some time ago that adds instant mashed potatos to meatballs instead of using bread as a filler. I’ve been making my meatballs with potatos every since! They always turn out moist and flavorful and people always ask what I put in them!

    • Just today I made apple dumplings that called for Mountain Dew. Didnt have any so I used 7-up instead. Not sure how they came out still in the oven

    • Kendra

      applesauce instead of oil

    • wooabm26

      Using cottage cheese instead of ricotta for lasagna. It’s normally cheaper and easier to find everywhere.

    • Dawn

      Great give-a-ways! I found some mini marshmallows & made some S’more Brownies with Chocolate Chips, the Mini Marshmallows, & crushed Graham Crackers! I didn’t bring any home from my meeting so I guess they where good!

    • Jennifer S.

      I have used canned beets(pureed) in my chocolate brownies as a substitute for the oil. They are always moist and the kids cannot tell the difference.

    • Adrienne

      I bought a package of Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix. At the time I bought it, I had a hankering for sugar cookies. By the time I got around to baking them, I was wishing I had bought the peanut butter cookie mix instead. So, I substituted half the butter/margarine with peanut butter. They turned out great! In the future, I think I’ll stick to the sugar cookie mix. That way, I don’t have to worry about making up my mind which kind of cookie I want until I bake them.

    • I was making a banana bread recipe that called for buttermilk. I did not have any so I substituted Gogurt (the only yogurt I had in the fridge) and it turned out wonderfully. I don’t bother with the buttermilk anymore since we always have Gogurt in the fridge.

    • Leslie

      I added honey mustard to my mashed potatoes because I was out of sour cream and it tasted really good. the boys even wanted more.

    • Well I wanted to make biscuits but didn’t have the main ingredient ‘Bisquick’. I figured since I could make pancakes with ‘Bisquick’ why not make biscuits with Hungry Jack Pancake mix? They turned out OK. I am the lazy cook.

    • cm290012

      I put puree peas in spagetti sauce for “extra” veggies for my kids and hubby:)

    • J’s mom

      Adding pumpkin to Mac n cheese makes it healthier… Thought it would be nasty, but surprisingly it wasn’t

    • Jessafrog

      We had a lot of V8 juice from some great coupon/sale deals and I had to think of a way to use it. I used it in place of pasta sauce, adding meat, seasonings, and veggies to it and cooking it low and slow for a bit to reduce it and thicken it up. Turned out great, so if we have it on hand, I always add some to our pasta sauces now!

    • Priscilla

      I tried a recipe recently to make homemade cheeze its, I used bread flour instead of all purp, they weren’t as good as the box ones, thats for sure!

    • christy

      hmm. i guess that would be substiting butter for margarine or visa versa when baking. not always a good idea

    • Jennifer

      I substitute canned beets(pureed of course) for the oil in chocolate brownies. They turn out delicious and the kids love them.

    • janna

      i can make any meal with rice and tomatoes.. mmm

    • Jenn F

      Black beans in my brownies…no one ever knows (except when I have a huge grin on my face when they take the first bite lol)
      jennf83 at yahoo dot com

    • Made a cake this weekend, but didn’t have any buttermilk, so I used regular milk with some lemon juice and let it set for a few minutes. Couldn’t taste a difference.

    • kate neal

      I mixed together a cake mix and pumpkin only- bake it and it was delicious

    • Megan Schmidt

      I ran out of almond and peanut butter for smoothies and used rolled oats instead!!

    • Rebekah J

      I used left over mashed potatoes to make dinner rolls. They were actually really good – soft and fluffy

    • I have used applesauce for oil in cakes. Salsa is good in baked beans if you don’t have green peppers.

    • I substituted club soda instead of using oil & eggs in a cake mix. It turned out so moist & yummy! Almost like a truffle on the inside.

    • Patti Rosene

      Definitely have substituted homemade waffles for bread to make PB and banana sandwiches for school lunches. The kids love them and no need to waste left over batter.

    • Ginger

      I cut flour tortillas into strips using my pizza cutter and substituted them in my chicken and dumplings recipe. Once cooked you couldn’t tell the difference between the ‘tortilla dumplings’ than those that had been rolled out or from the frozen type. It was much quicker and I’ve continued to do it this way.

    • jordan

      I mix in surprise ingredients in my infant’s pureed food all the time. I snuck broccoli in the last puree.

    • I accidentally used cumin instead of cinnamon in snicker doodle cookies….it did not turn out well :)

    • JDSnead

      My wife threw some mexican chocolate into my chili when I was not looking.
      It turned out so well, I may start putting in in myself!

    • Tiffany

      My kids and I were making chocolate cupcakes. I was out of vegetable oil and needed some for the recipe. I had olive oil, but had heard about it not being the best substitute. I used it anyway. They actually turned out fine and tasted as if it wasn’t used.

    • Jenelle

      I love to substitute applesauce for oil in my cake recipe.

    • april v

      Nothing too big, but yesterday I substituted margarine for butter LOL It turned out fine, but I do prefer butter.

    • Pertinacity

      Black beans in my brownies – no one was the wiser! Said they were super chewy. :)

    • mirachu

      It’s not really a true pantry substitution, but I rarely buy buttermilk and always use milk and vinegar to make my own.

    • daytondoll

      use baby food prunes for oil in brownies

    • Mel

      we were out of eggs so my daughter substitued a can of soda to a cake recipe! Everyone loved it! We will try Orange soda next time and add to french vanilla cake and see if we can make creamsicle cake! yum!!

    • Kelly Faro

      I don’t tend to experiment much but maybe I should start trying.

    • beth m.

      I used applesauce instead of oil in pancakes and they turned out pretty good

    • Laurie Brinson

      I substitute Cream of Chicken for about anything that requires cream of whatever.

    • I have added Ketchup to spaghetti sauce when running low on it. :) It works fine

    • Suzanne Tuttle Powers Rinaman

      Last nite, my daughter was sick and wanted chicken noodle soup, which I did not have. I used chicken base and water to make the broth, broke up some spaghetti, and used leftover KFC chicken from Friday. She liked it better than canned chicken noodle soup!!!

    • Ashley

      Was out of milk and used coffee creamer mixed w milk in a recipe and it turned out so good :)

    • Megan

      I accidentally put cinamon in my chili instead of chili powder. It was horrible!

    • connieb03

      I used turnips instead of potatoes and it turned out great!

    • Courtney

      Cookie recipe called for Orange Extract. I don’t have that and I don’t like buying extracts/spices that I know will cost a lot and be used once or twice. So I substituted plain ole’ vanilla extract and the cookies were perfect. I make them for every party and event I go to… people love them! My cousins call them “Courtney Cookies” haha!

    • Leigh Ann Kiendl

      I used yogurt for milk one time in our muffins we baked and I’ve made them that way ever since. They just taste better!

    • Sydney Butler

      Not a substitution, but I love adding coffee grounds or espresso powder to chocolate cake mix. Adds extra flavor.

    • Keri

      I’d love this hungry jack pack! I don’t know that I have ever added an unexpected ingredient, but maybe I’ll try tonight! =) Thanks!

    • Hannah Harrison

      I have added canned pumpkin to brownies. It makes them a little healthier and gets fiber in your diet. Can’t tell a difference in my opinion.

    • Lauren H

      I was out of breadcrumbs so we processed chips and croutons-it turned out great :)

    • soundring

      I added ground turkey sausage to my chili (in addition to regular ground turkey) and it was SOOOOOO delicious!

    • Judy Brown

      I put stewed squash in dressing and it turned out super moist and delicious.

    • Dean’na

      I was out of bread crumbs when making salmon patties so I substituted potato flakes and it worked like a charm!

    • Denise

      I’ve tried to think of unexpected pantry subs but can’t! I do it all the time. I’ll be part-way through a recipe and then find I don’t have something so I use something else. It’s such a part of my cooking that I pay no attention to it!

    • sheila e

      used pumpkin in place of eggs, water, and oil while making cake. to this day i never use anything but pumpkin, great taste and low fat>

    • I use baby food in all red sauce recipes, adds veggies and they dont know!

    • JulsB20

      We almost always use cumin, chili powder & garlic powder as our taco seasoning

    • Karen Puchala

      I substituted some evaporated milk in a recipe for regular milk because we had absolutely no milk in the refrigerator which is a rarity at my house.

    • Liz H.

      I substituted tater tots for mashed potatoes in a shepards pie recipe and it was wonderful.

    • dreammommcn

      I use clear diet coke in my cake mixes instead of the oil and eggs it is an old weight watchers recipe its yummy

    • dreammommcn

      i meant clear diet soda sorry

    • Christi

      I put some cinnamon in my vegetable soup recently on a whim and it turned out delicious! Added just a hint of sweetness to all the veggies.

    • Leah

      Instead of bread crumbs I add plain oatmeal to my meat loaf. No one seems to notice the difference. I also add a small amount of ground flax seed to my pancake mix to add fiber and Omega 3s.

    • Estela

      I ran out of milk halfway through a recipe but had coconut milk so I used that too. It tastes pretty good. :D

    • Amy

      I was out of bread crumbs for breaded chicken and used croutons which I crushed. It turned out a million times better!

    • Instead of applesauce in cake I swapped out pumpkin. So good. I added some pumpkin pie spice as well and I had to tinker with the sweetness a bit but it was amazingly moist and tasted delicious.

    • Christine Moore

      I tend to stick to the recipes. But reading the comments, I may start!

    • Packrat Nomad

      We make muffins twice a week for a breakfast. The crumbs and crumbles from berry or banana muffins sprinkled on top make an afternoon snack of fruit salad or yogurt extra special!

    • saveinal02

      I am a master at substituting all kinds of sweetners (syrups, sugar, applesauce, etc) because I never seem to have the one called for in the recipe!

    • Amy S

      Made refried beans from my ham & bean soup. Just took some leftover and ran them through the blender….oh my!

    • Kari

      I add Ketchup to my Chili, it gives it a sweet flavor.

    • jeanne fitzgerald

      When I made home made mac & cheese I put sour cream in the cheese sauce in place of some of the milk. It adds just a little something!

    • Anita Shipley

      ran out of cream of chicken soup so I made white sauce with chicken bouillon, recipe turned out fine due to adding lots of cheese

    • Jennifer McWethy

      I’m usually too chicken to substitute, but tonight I used worchestire sauce instead of soy sauce in a marinade and it tasted just fine. Maybe I need to try more substitutions…

    • Elena

      I was out of bread crumbs and crushed some tortilla chips. It worked just fine.
      elena150980 at yahoo dot com

    • Shelgirl

      I often add ketchup to any red sauce and canned tomatoes to my soups.

    • Kim Morgan

      I substituted worcestershire sauce for soy sauce in a marinade. Worked fine, but I wasn’t using very much

    • leighnichols

      We didn’t have hamburger buns, only hot dog buns late one night- I made hot dog shaped hamburgers. Now the kids want them all the time.

    • I was in the middle of preparing Hamburger Helper one night and then realized I was completely out of the Helper and I had already browned my meat! I looked through my pantry and came across the instant potatoes and turned them into my own homemade concoction of hamburger helper that has a meatloaf and mashed potato flavor to it.

    • Kristin Jackson

      I always use milk to make my mashed potatoes, but we were out, so I used sour cream instead and it was better than before!

    • Carol

      Ground up some regular white sugar for powdered sugar in my blender.

    • Keisha Simpson

      I ran out of elbow macaroni for macaroni and cheese. I substituted spaghetti pasta. It turned out ok because I actually broke up the spaghetti strings lol

    • Courtney

      I didnt have any cornmeal– so I used corn tortillas and ground them up in the food processor– thicken everything up just fine =)

    • Heather

      On Saturday I tried the spaghetti with spaghetti squash instead of noodles thing. I didn’t love it, but I will eat it for the extra nutrition. Shockingly, my veggie-averse husband was really excited about it, and said he couldn’t tell the difference!

    • asgcoach

      When we ran out of ranch dressing to make loaded cubed potatoes (cubed potatoes baked and then covered with ranch dressing, bacon bits, and cheese), I mixed some dry ranch mix with greek yogurt. It was much stiffer than ranch (might should have added some milk, too), but it was good nonetheless.



    • DawnM

      I used three eggs instead of two in a butterscotch oatmeal cookie recipe. It turned out better with three eggs!

    • saraarwen

      I’ve started using powdered buttermilk in baking items and it always tastes just as good! Plus, the powdered kind never goes bad!

    • tomato soup in place of spaghetti sauce. It tasted more like spag O’s but was pretty good. I would do it again.

    • Sheena Davis

      My big thing is using ground turkey instead of ground beef with a few canned ingredients for meat loaf! The family never notices

    • Esther

      I often use mashed sweet potato in place of pumpkin in muffins, breads, etc. Can’t tell the difference.

    • erin

      I had crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy when I needed it for my no bake cookies but they turned out great!

    • Peggy

      Was making kidney bean salad and had a few apples that needed to be used soon, so I diced them up in it and now that the only way we want to make it.

    • KatieK

      I was making a stirfry and threw in some raisens….thought it would be a cross between Moroccan couscous and asian stirfry. Ummm…not a good idea!

    • chrystalm

      I put mixed veggies in my meatloaf. peas and carrots mostly.

    • Was trying to make a “From scratch pizza” … well first time trying to make pizza at home and I had a lot of tomatoes I had frozen, with skin, I didn’t have any tomato sauce and I was like well, this shouldn’t be a problem I’ll just boil down these tomatoes.. (Did I mention I am not a genius cook? nor really knew what I was doing?) Anyways, between that and my trying to make pizza dough.. *ugh* turned out a disaster.. the only thing I did right was not burn anything.

      Also tried to combine flour with my hungry jack pancake mix.. to “stretch” it..that didn’t turn out good at all either.. Yeah I need to improve my cooking ability.. I need to work on my fundamentals.

    • Kristian W

      I add pureed squash to pancakes and no one notices. It isn’t a substitution but it is a secret addition that ensures picky eaters are eating vegetables.

    • Heather

      To be honest I am usually too chicken to substitute any ingredients. No big great ideas here….

    • Holli

      Was making meatballs, and realized I didn’t have bread crumbs – crushed a sleeve of saltine crackers instead – they were really good.

    • Jea

      I have a recipe for Cornflake “fried” Chicken….oops no cornflakes. I substituted crushed Honeynut Cherrios. Gave the chicken a lightly sweet nutty flavor…delicious!

    • Regina St. George

      I use Hungry Jack Mashed Potatoes to thicken my potato soup and many other things. It gives flavor, texture, and it’s never lumpy.

    • busy mom

      I have used corn flakes as a filler for cracker crumbs or bread crumbs. They actually taste better and don’t get soggy.

    • lucillegreen

      I also use oatmeal in my meatloaf never have bread crumbs

    • I used olive oil & cornstarch as a substitute for lard when baking a cake, and it turned out great.

    • Dawn

      V-8 for tomato juice in my soups

    • Melanie

      We mix and match all the time; the big thing lately is to use the curly pasta shapes such as rigatoni rather than elbow noodles in mac and cheese- it cooks better and distributes better. go figure.
      I also use honey instead of sugar frequently but not too much or my cookies turn to mush. My favorite “healthy” cookies are oatmeal with raisins using applesauce, honey, and crushed flax seed with no butter and very little brown sugar. Wow, they’re so moist and quite a bit healthier.

    • ttmill10

      I use ground turkey and chicken in my spaghetti all the time and my family does not even realize that it is not ground beef. If I run out of flour and need something to coat my fried chicken or shrimp I use pancake mix.

    • stickrn

      i use plain corn meal as a filler for meatballs or meatloaf to make it gluten free!

    • obert

      once a week i make what i call trash soup.. its all the left overs in the frig.. and i always use the hungry jack to make it thick

    • Anna

      I add spinach and carrots to my kids’ smoothies and they love them!

    • Robin Schreiber

      I added hershey’s cocoa to chilli and it was great! It made the sauce really rich. I have also substituted egg with ground flax seed in a pancake recipe. Both turned out wonderful!

    • i put vanilla yogurt instead of sour cream into my oatmeal peach muffins, and my son loved them, tasted like peach cobbler

    • I haven’t done too many substitutions but I always use applesauce instead of oil.

    • Megan D

      I substituted a can of blueberry filling and pineapple for two cans of cherries in a cobbler and it was AMAZING! I would never have tried it if I had those cans of cherries I thought I had.

    • wendyof

      I love to substitute apple sauce for oil in my banana bread recipe. Yummy and healthy.

    • Jen Reese

      I was making apple crisp the other day and while carrying it to my car, lots of the liquid fell out of it. To fix this I found some pineapple orange juice at my aunts, added a little brown sugar, nutmeg, and flour, and that was the best apple crisp I have ever tried!

    • Alice

      I substitute cottage cheese for ricotta cheese in our lasagna and my family likes it better.

    • danyelle

      I usually substitute ground turkey for ground beef

    • arupert

      I ran out of bread crumbs once for meat loaf and used ritz crackers instead and it was actually better then when I used bread crumbs!

    • taeila

      My husband uses really weird ingredients to make cookies late at night.. I’ve had to buy bagged cookie mixes so that they are at least edible.

    • Thomas

      I often substitute apple sauce for oil, we do this in all our recipes. They cook up the same and are more healthy for us.

    • amanda h

      I add a cup of brewed cooled coffee to the amount of milked called for in instant chocolate pudding. it makes for a mocha and then add some homemade whip cream to make it a mousse.

    • Diane

      Our family uses ground turkey instead of ground beef in almost all cooking. Tastes better to us and better for us.

    • kelliea

      I had bought a glass jar of “Southwest” sauce at my local Walmart on the clearance shelf–we had it over angel hair pasta last night for supper (in place of marinara sauce) and it was DELISH!

    • Susan

      Apple sauce for oil

    • Darleen66

      I also have substitute lots of items – apple sauce instead of oil, yogurt instead of sour cream, vinegar in milk instead of buttermilk(never have this in the house).

    • Debra

      I was following a Mac and Cheese recipe and discovered that I did not have the milk the recipe called for. I did, however have almond milk, so I used it. While the recipe was flavorful and palatable, it was definitely different. ; )

    • Lady K

      i wanted to make potato cakes to go with my pintos one night. i went to get the left over mashed potatoes but to my surprise they were gone. my daughter had decided to eat them. so i had hungry jack mashed potatoes and hungry jack pancake mix so after making some mashed potatoes i added some pancake mix and they turned out really good. just wish i had written the amounts down to duplicate the recipe…

    • amanda

      I didn’t have sour cream for beef stroganoff so I substituted cream cheese. Also I add celery to meatloaf, spaghetti sauce or anywhere else it can be hidden.

    • Kim R.

      My youngest has severe food allergies. He just had his 5th birthday party and no regular cake would do. I took a boxed devils food cake mix and used Greek yogurt in place of oil and eggs. The cake was moist and delish! I got rave reviews and best of all, my little man loved it!

    • Jennifer S.

      Just the basics here. Sub ground turkey for ground beef and applesauce for oil.

    • Mari

      I like to use mashed potato flakes to thicken up soups so my kids can eat it and not be as messy! I make it the way I like it and add the potatoes until it is solid as they want it.

    • Allison

      Used mango instead of zucchini in zucchini bread. Yummy!

    • Kristen B

      I was making a chicken recipe in the crockpot that called for OJ, but we were out. So, I improvised with Diet Sunkist. My husband still asks me when we are going to have to the Sunkist Chicken again. :)

    • I used mayonnaise in my cornbread instead of the eggs. I was worried about the corn muffins, but they turned out better than ever! Very moist.

    • thepierces

      Pancake mix for fried squash batter

    • Maureen

      I put in sour cream instead of buttermilk.
      It turned out ok not the best but I didn’t want to have to go out to the store . I now keep the powdered buttermilk in my frig.

    • Angela

      I put shredded carrots and zucchini in my spaghetti sauce… my kids never knew the difference!

    • Sue

      Made mac and cheese, went to th fridge to discover there was no milk. Used coffee creamer dissolved in hot water… the kids didnt notice a difference.

    • Odessa

      I have used cottage cheese in place of ricotta cheese in lasagne & also applesauce instead of oil in certain baking recipes

    • kinzie

      Peanut butter in our chili….amped up the flavor and made it taste like it was cooked over a camp fire!

    • Laura Moffatt

      I used yogurt covered raisins instead of raisins in cookies and it turned out nicely!

    • Dee Wolters

      To save $ and calories, I sub 1/2 the oil or butter with plain or vanilla yogurt when making banana or pumpkin bread. I actually think it is moister, and no one has noticed the difference. More calcuim too

    • JEN C

      I actually don’t think I’ve ever substituted ingredients. I’m a pretty bad cook, so if I don’t have the exact ingredients in the recipe then I just don’t make it.

    • tiffiany

      I used some shake and bake in my meatloaf and it was better then the original I used to make……never will make the older one again……I ran out of bread crumbs and that package worked wonders….

    • Tiffany

      I generally never substitute. I am not that great of a cook so I stick the recipes for some chance at making edible food!

    • Erin

      I substituted pureed buttercup squash for canned pumpkin in a dinner roll recipe, and it was amazing!

    • Elizabeth

      I’m normally pretty well stocked so don’t often need substitutions. But I’ve been known to use mayo instead of an egg in my brownies in a bind. :)

    • couponeagle

      I put creamed corn in my taco soup by accident and was worried that the soup would be runny and gritty nope it made a better consitency than the darn whole corn

    • Carrie

      I used black beans in my deer chili one night because I was out of kidney beans. We have never gone back to the kidney beans. Lol

    • thischickwins

      i used crumbled heat-and-serve breakfast sausage in a hamburger hellper when i just didnt feel like going to the store to get ground meat. with added peppers and onions, it was pretty good

    • sjwdwr

      Applesauce instead of oil didn’t turn out to well for me

    • suzy

      i have made brownies using black beans before. they are much healthier that way. they don’t have the exact same texture or lightness that a normal brownie has, but when you bring them to parties, they always run out quickly and noone is none the wiser.

    • dlbandjeb

      Used Stevia instead of sugar and it didnt turn out so great. Way to sweet. Next time i’ll know to use mich less. lol

    • Erin K

      I used applesauce instead of canola oil in a bread I was baking, and it turned out AWESOME!!!!!

    • I used Bush’s pinto beans in a pie instead of pecans!! Pinto Bean Pie! It is truely amazing! They actually serve this pie at the Bush Bean’s headquarters cafe next to the visitors center! A new twist on your pie!

    • snowgurl18

      I am actually making chili with butternut squash in in the crockpot. I will see in the morning how it turned out.

    • ann marie

      Have you ever made sauce with ground turkey instead of ground beef…..you cannot tell the difference…..healthy too!

    • Laura

      Every once in a while making cornbread I find I’m out of buttermilk so I add lemon juice to regular milk and let it stand 5 minutes.
      I also substitute syrup in white sugar for brown sugar.

    • andrea

      I substitute barley or quinoa for rice in almost everything, adds some extra protein and can’t tell the difference in taste

    • CrazyMomOf11

      I can’t remember what I substituted, but it worked! :)

    • Erin

      I always use applesauce instead of oil when cooking. I have also used chick peas to make a cookie dough dip and I have used black beans in brownies.

    • Sara M

      I always bought a lrg bag of quinoa at costco and always try to substitute it in for things like rice or use it in place of oatmeal, but as much as I try to like it- I can’t stand the texture!

    • palmettopiano

      we were out of whole wheat flour for pancakes and muffins so I put some oats in the coffee grinder and made oat flour! Yummy and nutritious!

    • Elis B.

      For a cookie recipe , i did not have a cup of nuts . I just added an extra cup of chocolate chips. Turn out fine.

    • Sarah

      I replace water with chicken broth in my gumbo. My husband is from Louisiana and now he can’t have gumbo any other way!

    • PeachPecan

      Used cooked mashed carrots instead of pumpkin in a pie, and my BIL didn’t have a clue he was eating a vegetable!

    • Mary

      I used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream for banana bread. Yummy:)

    • sunshine

      i always substitute applesauce for cooking oil in my cakes. works great and lower fat is a bonus

    • Pat Morgan

      I’ve substituted Karo syrup for honey in recipes and they turned out fine.

    • sue

      I made meatloaf full of tiny chopped veggies. Nobody new and they ate it all.

    • Dawn M

      I use Greek Yogurt for alfredo sauce cuts fat by 80% tastes great.

    • Stephanie

      I’m always substituting meats and/or veggies into my recipes weekly ,to give them a different taste!

    • bppics

      We’ve used Hungry Jack syrup to marinate ribs before smoking them. It was delish…not sweet like you would think.

    • cmroberts.0304

      Thankfully I have always had what I have needed in my pantry. The only substitute I have used is Applesauce in place of oil.

    • Janine

      I had bought those little cans of V8 juice and discovered nobody liked them. Yesterday I made soup in my crock pot and added all the leftover V8 – very tasty way to use them!!

    • Susan

      The only substitution i do is replace regular butter with light butter, i try to stick with original recipes, not a good cook, however i always try new recipes :)

    • Annia Huff

      I always substitute cottage cheese for Ricotta because its cheaper and healthier too!

    • vonda

      I would love to win this pantry and maybe everytime I go to make a new recipe the ingredients will be here. haha

    • KM Spillers

      Left the sugar out of peanut butter cookies. Not a great idea!

    • jan

      I use hot dog buns instead of loaf bread sometimes.

    • I substitute mayonnaise for eggs in my biscuits. My favorite recipe is 2c self rising flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1c milk, 1/3c mayo. Mix and divide into muffin cups that are lined with foil liners. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Taste even better the next day with jam.

    • Michelle

      I was looking for a way to jazz up plain canned corn so I added a jar of chunky salsa to the pot. It was great and everyone loved it.

    • Mandi

      For breakfast casseroles, I use frozen garlic bread on the bottom rather than sliced bread or biscuits to give an extra seasoned flavor and nice chew.

    • Rlb1130

      I can’t remember the last time I had to substitute an ingredient. If I don’t have something, I’m lucky enough to have great neighbors who do. I do find myself creating recipes with extra or random items from my pantry at least once a week. Mostly with adding in veggies that need to be used up!

    • Lori

      I substituted Bisquick for flour when making fried chicken and it worked great!

    • buddybabs

      I substituted fresh tomatoes for canned diced tomatoes in my marinara sauce.

    • Mary

      Didn’t have time to make crust for a blackberry cobbler so I used rolled out frozen sugar cookies! It was a sweet hit.

    • savinmavin

      I had a recipe that called for mayo and did not have enough to make the recipe, so i substituted plain yogurt instead. My family and I could not tell a difference in taste,but the health benefits were much better. So now plain yogurt is a staple in my house.

    • bridget

      I sneak baby food into my waffles to up the nutritional value and use up that leftover baby food.

    • Kfults

      Forgot what I was making but was out of stick butter so used the ground flax seed I had just bought. No one knew the difference.

    • motherofseven

      Used hungry jack potatoe flakes for breading plus otherseasonings for a breading for chicken strips YUMMY :)

    • When I was first married, and knew nothing about cooking, I substituted baking soda for baking powder in a peach ‘from scratch’ cobbler. My husband was SOO sweet and ate what he could but in the end we just picked out the peaches – To this day he will eat just about ANYTHING i put on the table and say it’s good – but sometimes he only eats 1 bite.

    • Mommyto2kids

      I always “make” my own buttermilk since it’s a pretty expensive item that we use only a cup of! 1 Tablespoon of Lemon juice and THEN add in your milk filled to the 1 cup line. Great biscuits every time!

    • Dariela

      To make brownies, I substitute all the ingredients with beans (drained, rinsed thoroughly, & put in food processor with a little water until smooth) stir in brownie mix & you’re done. It’s surprisingly good & better for you…my kids love them =)

    • MomtoOne

      Your buckeyes look so pretty, Jenny. How did you dip them? Did you just hold the peanut butter ball with your hands, or did you stick a toothpick in, or how?

    • Sarah Joyce

      I substitute apple sauce for veggie oil in my dessert bread recipes. Works great and cuts down a LOT of the fat without drying the bread out.

    • paprika721

      I haven’t done it yet, but I want to utilize some of the ideas from the book Sneaky Chef…you can never have too much veg in your meals, right?

    • Donna

      I always keep Dream Whip on hand so if I need Cool Whip for anything, I can just make it really fast. I have also used any kind of candy bars to frost my brownies when I don’t have frosting.

    • I needed something to spice up my chicken and went to my pantry and found soy sauce. It was amazing!

    • Lynn S

      When I don’t have the right seasonings for a recipe, I just use something similar, like garlic salt instead of onion salt. Sometimes it even tastes better!

    • jnvsibley

      Once I was making a recipe that called for chicken broth, but did have any. So I opened a can of chicken noodle soup and drained off the broth. My youngest son ate the noodles, so nothing was wasted. My recipt turned out great!

    • I always have apple sauce in the house for school lunches and have used it several times in muffin or cake recipes when i didn’t have enough eggs. Its also much healthier.

    • Ruth Stanfield

      I made homemade applesauce this weekend and substituted apple juice with apple cider – the best thing I could have done! It was delicious!

    • luvjeffbates

      Apple sauce instead of eggs!

    • Allison

      I had some pumpkin puree left over from making pumpkin muffins, but not enough for a second batch. I had a couple of bananas in the freezer, so I mashed them and added them into the recipe with the pumpkin. It turned out well.

    • I have used pancake syrup in my baked beans before when I realized I didn’t have any brown sugar. Worked well.
      I have also used tofu in place of ricotta in lasagna though I think it is best if you use half tofu and half ricotta then just tofu.
      I have also added tofu when I make spanokopita (greek spinach pie) for added protein.

    • saveforme

      Had a recipe. For muffins that called for peaches, but all I had was peach yogurt so I used it instead and did not add as much milk and it worke.

    • Leslie

      I love Indian food but we live in a “rural” area and our Kroger doesn’t have a large selection of international items. I needed an Indian spice called Garam Masala and ended up having to search the web and make my own version of it. Luckily, it turned out fine. I do it all the time with buttermilk/sour milk, mayo, tomato sauce…etc. Rarely do I have all the ingredients needed or wanted for a recipe and I’m always changing things up. Especially since we lean more towards the organic side of things.

    • Elise

      I always use plain greek yogurt for sour cream in recipes, healthier and can’t taste the difference. I think it tastes better!

    • rbbrdckeee

      I have been in the middle of making cornbread and did not have any type of milk on hand. I used mayo instead and it works great! Still comes out super moist.

    • Eve

      One time i substituted garlic for onions and it was horrible. I took two bites and threw it away

    • shannon oelrich

      I have used applesauce instead of oil in fruit breads.

    • Gina

      I went to make apple cobbler & my husband had finished the apples. Our pears were almost ripe so substituted them. It was a little runnier since pears are more juicy, but tasted great!

    • Sarah Wright-Gaul

      I always use whole wheat flour in stead of white flour and usually add a little bit of unsweetened apple sauce to level out the ‘punch’ that whole wheat flour has and it is so good! Much higher in fiber!

    • Rita

      I needed to cook a gluten-free dessert for guests. I have a wonderful banana custard recipe that calls for flour but I used cornstarch instead and it turned out wonderful.

    • Felicia Ramirez

      We tired plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream in a recipe, a friend said it was better for us – we were very happy with the outcome! Thanks for the chance!

    • melissa

      i love the whole use applesauce instead of oil in cake mixes

    • jeremy

      sour cream instead of ricotta cheese in baked ziti

    • Lisa Briskey

      We add a can of Coke and some unsweetened cocoa powder to our Chili recipe. It tastes like Steak and Shake chili.

    • Patricia Wojnar Crowley

      One time I ran out of ranch dressing to pour over chicken, so I substituted sour cream and some seasonings….it turned out pretty good…although I’m sure a food network chef would have been appalled!

    • Debbie

      I’ve substituted greek yogurt for mayo and it seems to work.

    • I have been hiding veggies in dinner for my 20-month-old! That is going well!

    • I was making chocolate chip dip cookies (basically choc chunk cookies dipped in chocolate sauce) I make my cookies by the recipe and I usually make the choc sauce with milk, choc chips, and butter. I had my chips melted on the stove and realized I didn’t have enough butter and my daughter had used all the milk that morning. I grabbed my Caramel Coffee Creamer from the fridge door and tried it. IT WAS AMAZING! The sauce was sooo creamy and that little hint of caramel was perfect. I’ve made them this way ever since!!

    • Debbie

      I didn’t have cream of tartar one day so I substituted baking powder. Also I substituted maple syrup for molasses.

    • Wendy Massey

      I used sour cream in my chicken salad instead of mayo and it was awesome

    • Erin518

      Recently i tried canned pumpkin with a yellow cake mix to make pumpkin muffins. No oil or eggs needed. They were yummy!

    • r_moon

      made deviled eggs recently and realized i had no mayo…..so i just threw in a litte ranch dressing

    • mendy

      i volunteered to bring something for breakfast and found out i was out of oil for the muffins i was making so I used applesauce instead…i’ve always heard it worked but never tried it before

    • Camiele

      I once used greek yogurt in my sweet potato pie instead of heavy cream because I ran out, and it tasted great! I’ve been putting it in there ever since!

    • Kathy

      I’m not a very good cook so I try not to substitute anything. I substitute crackers for bread crumbs sometimes and that usually works out well. I will also substitute spices sometimes and that doesn’t always work.

    • Chris Staggs

      I was making fried chicken one night and didn’t realise until to late that I was out of Panko. (I don’t care for flour fried chicken) My sister-in-law had mentioned once that she made hers with crushed potato chips and she baked it instead. I figured it couldn’t be any more fattening than regular fried chicken so I gave it a try. It was SO good and much easier than the greasy mess frying makes!

    • I used bran flakes cereal in muffins and they turned out great!

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    • lil A’s mom

      i used self-rising flour in my homemade playdough rather than regular flour…don’t know if it made a difference because it was the first time I made it!

    • Sara Wells

      I once substituted lemon juice for olive oil on some pasta, and LOVED it! Now I eat it at least once a week.

    • Rachel

      I substituted lemon in milk for buttermilk in my Chicken Pot pie Crumble. I think it tasted just as good as if it had buttermilk in it.

    • Karen

      Instant potatoes also work as breading for oven fried chicken — gluten free.

    • Kathy Schoenherr

      Hmmm…I can’t recall any sustitutions I’ve done. I’m pretty conservative and usually follow the recipe.