Almost every dessert recipe includes granulated sugar. With that being said, we may not always have it on hand. Therefore I’m going to share eight granulated sugar substitutes.
When substituting sugar, keep in mind that the texture, flavor, and moisture content of your recipe may be affected. It’s often a good idea to experiment with small batches to find the best substitute for your specific needs.
1. Brown Sugar
Brown sugar can often be used as a 1:1 substitute for granulated sugar, but keep in mind that it will impart a slightly different flavor due to its molasses content.
Honey is a natural sweetener with a distinct flavor. Use about 3/4 cup of honey for every cup of sugar in a recipe and reduce the liquid content slightly.
3. Maple Syrup
Similar to honey, maple syrup can be used as a sweetener. Use 3/4 to 1 cup of maple syrup for every cup of sugar and adjust the liquid content in your recipe.
4. Agave Nectar
Agave nectar is another liquid sweetener that can be used as a substitute. Use about 2/3 to 3/4 cup of agave nectar for every cup of sugar and reduce the liquid in your recipe.
5. Coconut Sugar
Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar and can be used as a 1:1 substitute in many recipes.
6. Powdered Sugar
For recipes where texture is not critical, powdered sugar can be used as a substitute. Keep in mind that it contains cornstarch, which may affect the texture of your baked goods.
Stevia is a non-caloric sweetener derived from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant. It is much sweeter than sugar, so only a small amount is needed.
8. Erythritol or Xylitol
These are sugar alcohols that can be used as a 1:1 substitute for sugar. They have a similar sweetness but may have a cooling effect when used in large quantities.
If you successfully use any of these granulated sugar substitutes in a recipe, comment down below and let us know how it turned out!