Healthy Substitutes

Baking without sugar | 5 Sugar substitutes for baking

Sugar! A beautiful white crystal is known for its sweetness that never fails to make you fall in love with it. Do you often find it hard to control when it comes to dessert and a piece isn’t sufficient to satisfy your sweet tooth? Sugar substitutes for baking come to the rescue!

Chances are you already know that consuming too much sugar isn’t good for your health. Sugary drinks, baked goodies, and candies are the main sources of added refined sugar. But even foods, like bread, pasta, tomato sauce, and protein bars, have sugar, making it all too easy to end up with a surplus of the sweet stuff. Adding to further complications, sugars can be hidden and thus hard to spot on nutrition labels since they can be listed under a number of names, such as corn syrup, agave nectar, palm sugar, cane juice, or sucrose, and you may not be aware of all. No matter by what name it is called, sugar is sugar! And in excess, it can adversely affect one’s body in many ways. Therefore it is important to explore various sugar substitutes for baking healthy delicacies.

Sugar is important in baking as it brings out the brownish color, provides moist texture, increases shelf life, caramelizes at high temperatures, and liquefies as it bakes giving cookies their crispness. While few bakers do not prefer replacing sugar with any substitute, one can always find ways to healthy baking. So, how can we reduce our consumption of refined sugar and still be able to satiate our sweet tooth? It’s simple! By substituting it with healthy sugar substitutes packed with nutrients and fiber.

1. Honey

A natural sweetener, 25-50% sweeter than sugar, full of flavor and nutrients. Goods baked with honey are tender and dense and have a golden brown color. Generally, 1 cup of sugar can be replaced with 3/4 cup of honey (or as per taste). As honey is a dense liquid, any other liquid ingredient in the recipe should be reduced by 2-3 tablespoons.

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2. Jaggery/ molasses

A by-product of refined sugar packed with vitamins, calcium, and iron. Imparts a deep brown color to baked goods with a mild flavor. It tends to be less sweet than sugar. Replace 1 cup of sugar with 1-1/3 cup of jaggery (or as per taste). Dissolve the Jaggery in some warm water before using and the same amount of any liquid ingredient should be reduced from the recipe.

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3. Maple syrup

A golden brown syrup made from the sap of the maple tree. It is 60% as sweet as sugar and is full of healthy nutrients. Substitute 1 cup of sugar with 3/4 cup of maple syrup (or as per taste) as it imparts a strong flavor.

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4. Fruit juices/purees

Apple sauce, concentrated orange juice, concentrated grape juice, mashed bananas add flavors and are wonderful substitutes of sugar. However, if you prefer sweeter, these should be used in combination with other substitutes of sugar. Do not forget to reduce the amount of any other liquid ingredient from the recipe.

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5. Dried fruits

Yes! you heard it right. Apart from using them as toppings, blend some dried fruits such as dates, raisins, tutti-frutti, etc, and use them to naturally sweeten your delicacies. The amount totally depends on how much sweetness you prefer.

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You can find various other calorie-free artificial sweeteners but these are naturally healthy options when it comes to healthy home baking.

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Check out our health blog for more such substitutes of butter, frostings, creams and mind blowing food facts.

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Hello! I am Mahita, a baking addict who loves to experiment with healthy alternative ingredients together with a pinch of love.

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