Swap and save on ingredients

You’re in the middle of a recipe when you realise you are missing an ingredient. Now what? At PAK’nSAVE, we love to use our kiwi ingenuity to help save your recipe.

How to eat healthy on a budget

Run out of olive oil or self raising flour? We can help. Whether you’re substituting for speed or replacing unhealthy ingredients for alternatives – take a look at our handy Swap & Save Chart below.

Plus, if you are looking for healthy alternatives, check out these ideas for ingredients to try in your recipe:

  • Sugar - Stevia sweetners
  • Cream cheese - ricotta cheese or cottage cheese
  • White bread and wraps - wholemeal bread and wraps
  • Butter or marjarine - avocado
  • Whole milk - skim milk, nut milk
  • Flour - oat bran
  • Pasta noodles - zucchini noodles
  • Sour cream - greek yogurt
  • Salt - herb seasonings
  • Rice or mashed potato - finely chopped cauliflower

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How to substitute ingredients


Replace with these

Brown sugar (1 cup)

1 cup whole white sugar and 1/4 cup golden syrup

Baking powder (1 tsp)

1/4 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp cream of tartar


Use rolled oats, crushed bran cereal or plain cracker crumbs

Chocolate finely grated (30g)

Use 3 tbsps cocoa and 1 tbsp margarine

Cocoa (1 tbsp)

1 square of unsweetened chocolate

Desiccated Coconut

Shredded or desiccated nuts & dried fruits

Cornflour (1 tbsp)

2 tbsps plain flour

Cottage cheese

1 cup ricotta sauce (Whisk ricotta, salt and pepper until smooth)

Cream, reduced-fat cream, evaporated skim milk, natural yoghurt

All these can be replaced with each other most of the time.

Crumble toppings

Crush packet of sweet biscuits.
Drizzle fruit with manuka honey and bake.  Place under the grill until golden brown. 

Fresh ginger

1/2 tsp ginger powder (or to taste)


Use jam, sugar or golden syrup

Macaroni Cheese topping

Crushed rice crisps add a slightly crispy baked finish.


Natural yoghurt

Meat (as the main ingredient)

Triple the amount of vegetables on pizzas, casseroles, soups and stews.


Milk powder and water

Olive oil

Butter, coconut oil

Raisins or sultanas

Dried currants, cranberries, pitted prunes, dates

Ricotta cheese

Dry cottage cheese

Self-raising flour

1 cup flour plus 2 tsps baking powder

Stock cube

Use vegetable cooking water, marmite or vegemite


Manuka honey

Tomato juice

Add 1/2 cup tomato sauce to 1/2 cup of water


1 tsp lemon or lime juice, or 2 tsps white wine.