The holiday baking season is on its way! If you are like me (I have deemed it, “sugar conscious”), you might be wondering if there are other ways to bake without using sugar. For example, in my family we often use sugar substitutes when baking. Every year we bake with the following sugar substitutes: Splenda, Stevia, and even Equal from time to time. But, if you’re like me, you may be thinking, “Sugar substitutes can leave an after taste in your mouth, long after you’ve devoured that pie.” It is true. Some sugar substitutes such as Equal for instance, can leave an aftertaste. How can we bake a delicious dessert without using white refined sugar? This post will list a few different types of sweeteners to use in your holiday (or every day) baking.
1. Agave Nectar or Syrup
According to hersheys.com, use 2/3 cup of agave for every cup of sugar your recipe needs. You should also reduce the liquids in your recipe by four tablespoons. Then reduce the oven temperature by twenty-five percent. Agave nectar is sticky, so the website recommends using parchment paper.
2. Coconut Sugar
Does your recipe call for white and/or brown sugar? Then coconut sugar is a flavorful substitution! Hersheys.com suggests this is an easy 1-for-1 substitution.
Honey is regarded as one of the best natural sweeteners. I personally prefer using honey, when it is needed. According to Hersheys.com, for every cup of white sugar in your recipe, try 3/4 cup of honey. Honey will add a little extra flavor to your recipe, and it is equally sweet.
4. Maple Syrup
Although maple syrup is in liquid form, it is a great choice for a natural sweetener. Hersheys.com suggests reducing the amount of liquid in your recipe by three tablespoons. Also, for every cup of white sugar, try using 3/4 cup of syrup.
According to Hersheys.com, molasses is a by-product of refined sugar production. It recommends using 1 and 1/3 cup for every 1 cup of sugar. You’ll also want to reduce your liquids in the recipe by 5 tablespoons.
I hope this list of five sugar substitutes has been helpful to you. Happy Baking.
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6 Sweet Sugar Substitutes for Baking