How to Make Powdered Sugar | Powdered Sugar Substitute

Powdered Sugar Substitute. Great for if you can't have sugar, or for when you run out of powdered sugar while baking. Here's how you can make your own Powdered Sugar in a pinch – with low carb options!

I love making homemade versions of pantry staples and processed foods to save money on whole foods and to have healthier versions of packaged foods.

Recipes like:
homemade salad dressing
homemade ketchup
homemade chocolate chips
taco seasoning
homemade JELLO®, and
easiest coconut milk are staples in our home.

This powdered sugar substitute is another big help in this department. It costs less than store-bought powdered sugar, plus you can use healthier and even low carb sweeteners to make this Homemade Powdered Sweetener you want, so it will easily meet your dietary needs.

You’ve been there, before, haven’t you?  You’re making something in the kitchen and you….oops–run out of an ingredient that you need.

That’s another great reason to know how to substitute on the fly since you can avoid a last minute trip to the store–or a ruined recipe.

I was reminded of wanting to write this post when I posted this past week my recipe for Luscious Lemon Bars.  I mentioned that you could top them with powdered sugar and promised that I’d post about how to make your own confectioners sugar in the near future.  Well, here it is.

You are not going to believe how simple this is–you’ll wonder why you weren’t doing this for years.

All you need is a blender, your sweetener, and one other ingredient and you’re done.

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Sweetener Options

For the sweeteners, sucanat, turbinado or coconut sugar would be typically considered to be the healthiest of the granulated sweeteners. Now Foods offers great prices on healthier alternative sweeteners.

Low Carb Options:

Xylitol and erythritol are other options that will not affect your blood sugar and they do not feed candida.

If all you have is regular white sugar or cane juice crystals, then that will work too, but those options are typically considered to be less healthy than the alternatives that I’ve listed.

This Powdered Sugar Substitute will work great in anything you would typically use powdered sugar in…and even where you wouldn’t.  Since it’s powdered, it will make any dish where you would like to have a smoother texture that much easier to make smooth.)

Uses for Powdered Sweeteners:

  • frostings
  • as a dusting on desserts
  • in desserts that might be “gritty” when using granulated sweeteners
  • in drinks. It will dissolve more easily.
  • meringues

For example, I powder my sweetener often when making my Homemade Chocolate / Carob Chips.  It makes the resulting chips much smoother.

You can check out the chocolate chips recipe here:

Love chocolate? These Homemade Chocolate Chips (or carob chips) are dairy, soy, and sugar-free and great for baking, trail mixes, or eating right out of the bag! If you know someone on a special diet this will save them a TON of money. The store bought chocolate chips without dairy are a fortune!

How Will You Save?

powdered sugar is typically more expensive than regular sugar so you’ll save money that way

no running out to the store at the last minute and wasting time and gas money (not to mention wear and tear on your car)

– buying specialty powdered sweeteners is not only hard to do, but prohibitively expensive

And in case this whole topic has you craving more DIY pantry basics…..

More Frugal Homemade Pantry Basics

Aluminum and Corn-Free Baking Powder
Homemade Taco Seasoning
–  Sugar Substitute – like Truvia
–  Homemade Rice Milk
 – Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Powdered Sugar Substitute. Great for if you can't have sugar, or for when you run out of powdered sugar while baking. Here's how you can make your own Powdered Sugar in a pinch – with low carb options!

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How to Make Powdered Sugar | Powdered Sugar Substitute
 
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Recipe type: Pantry Staple
Cuisine: Low-Carb
Serves: Approx. 2 cups
 
Make your own Homemade Powdered Sugar, or Low Carb Powdered Sugar Substitute--easily. Use whatever sweetener you'd like--it even works for low carb sweeteners.
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups granulated sweetener of choice (see notes above -- I typically use xylitol and / or erythritol)
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot; optional, but makes the final product more like processed powdered sugar.
Instructions
  1. Place the sweetener and either cornstarch or arrowroot into your blender (I highly recommend the Vitamix!).
  2. Blend on high continuously until the mixture is of uniform powdered consistency. In a high-powered blender like the Vitamix this will take only about 30 seconds.
  3. Keep the lid on the blender until the powder settles (or you might have powdered-sugar coated cabinets, depending on how much of a powdered-sugar cloud gets kicked up by your blender!)
  4. NOTES:
  5. - if you choose to powder sucanat, the resulting product will be light brown. But it will still work in your recipes and will taste great!
  6. - Cane juice crystals are almost as refined as white sugar so in my opinion they aren't as good of an option as sucanat
  7. - I know that xylitol and erythritol are not considered "whole foods". I can't eat sucanat or coconut sugar, or else I would -- gladly :-). That's why I use xylitol and erythritol quite a bit in my recipes. Hopefully the coconut sugar will be in my not-too-distant future since its glycemic index is much lower! Thanks, Ricki at Ricki Heller for the reminder of this great healthy sugar alternative!
  8. - If you choose to use cornstarch, try to get non-GMO cornstarch please.
  9. - Xylitol has the same sweetening power as sugar but erythritol is only about 70% as sweet as xylitol so you might need to alter your recipes accordingly.
  10. For another recipe in my collection that uses powdered sweetener, try Dairy-Free Chocolate / Carob Silk Pie with Almond Crust. Yumm!

Simple, huh?

Need more convincing about how valuable a Vitamix is?  Check out my posts on:

Easiest Almond Milk Ever
Easiest Coconut Milk
Homemade Coconut Butter

What do you use powdered sugar for?

 

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  1. Barbara says:

    Can I use powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar in a recipe for the custard in the bread pudding. HELP I need an answer quick

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