Alternatives For Sugar
These healthy alternatives for sugar are a great choice to change up your routine without adding refined sugars into the mix. I found that using these alternatives was helpful for baking things I enjoyed eating.
Some Healthy Sugar Alternatives Are:
Agave Nectar: Is cooked down creating a sweet syrup that is used sparingly in recipes to sweeten anything from coffee to your morning smoothie.
Agave is 1.4x sweeter than sugar, therefore you can use less in all your baking, cooking and beverages and is also low-glycemic.
Stevia: Another great plant based sugar substitute is Stevia. Highly concentrated, it has become the most popular healthy alternative to sugar for sweetening food. I prefer using Stevia drops.to sweeten drinks, smoothies and the like. I don’t bake with stevia.
Coconut Sugar: Coconut sugar is made from the reduced sap of the coconut palm. It has become a popular option in many health food markets. Coconut sugar is one of the healthy alternatives to sugar, but it takes a lot of trial and error in cooking.
Honey: Is one of my favorite natural alternatives to refined sugar. However, it can create blood sugar spikes in those who are diabetic. Using honey is NOT VEGAN.
Maple Syrup: Maple syrup is a healthy alternative to sugar! I use very small amounts because the flavor it lends to baked goods is delicious. The flavor seems milder and not as sweet as honey.
Fruit: Many people blend or mash fruits in teas, baked goods, or smoothies. In Addition, applesauce is a popular choice to use instead of sugar when baking. Similarly, pumpkin puree is a wonderful substitute that many use in recipes all the time.
Date Sugar: Date sugar is used as a substitute for white sugar. Because it requires much less insulin for the body to utilize, date sugar is safer for diabetics to use. I love the flavor Medjool dates give to baked goods.
Molasses: Old fashioned Blackstrap Molasses is taken from the second pressing of sugar cane. Thereby, leaving a dark flavorful liquid sweetener that gives you all of the valuable minerals our body needs and tastes great. The flavor of molasses takes me back to the days when my grandmother baked. I love deep aroma and flavor of molasses in baked goods.