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!

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 meet your dietary needs.

You’ve been there, before, haven’t you?  You’re making a sweet treat 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.

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.  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 less healthy than the alternatives that I’ve listed.

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This sweetener 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.)

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

Homemade Chocolate Chips

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!)


- 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!
Cane juice crystals are almost as refined as white sugar so in my opinion they aren’t as good of an option as sucanat
– 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 Diet Dessert n Dogs for the reminder of this great healthy sugar alternative!
– If you choose to use cornstarch, try to get non-GMO cornstarch please.
– 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.

For another recipe in my collection that uses powdered sweetener, try  Dairy-Free Chocolate / Carob Silk Pie with Almond Crust.  Yumm!

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

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

- Easiest Almond Milk Ever
Easiest Coconut Milk 
Homemade Coconut Butter

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  1. Thanks! Love this tip. Pinning it now.

  2. Teresa Justice says:

    Have you ever tried to use agave to make the powdered sugar. I realize that alot of these recipes are including a dry sweetener like xylitol. I have tried xylitol and my husband can not stand it. He is diabetic and being able to use the liquid agave has been a god send. That doesn’t leave a nasty after taste and I use a 1/4 less than any other sweetener.

  3. PLEASE you say you use a combination of xylitol and erythritol, but
    I have never seen what the proportions are. Are they equal amounts of each or what?

    • Hi there. I meant to say that you can use either – whatever you like. I added a note on the post that might explain it better. Thanks and sorry about that.

  4. can you use tis for woopie pies or what we call gobs. I have a diabetic granddaughter and she wants pumpkin gobs

  5. Can’t wait to try this. Have you experimented with stevia extract? I know it’s much sweeter than regular sugar so might hafta use different portions but would love your opinion/advice on making this recipe with stevia. Thanks!

  6. Paula Strong says:

    You just saved me a trip to the store and I was able to make sugar free powdered sugar on top of that! Thank you!

  7. Do you ever use glycerin or glycerites for your sweetener? I remember filing it away in a mental file to keep in mind for my grandmother after hearing it had a low glycemic index….

  8. Coconut Sugar also works. Just buzz in blender or nutrabullet, even press down type coffee grinder that you might use to grind spices works. Cornstarch and arrowroot are anti caking ingredients for longer term storage of powdered sugar. If you are using right away, these are not needed.

  9. Dr. Marilyn Fisher says:

    Do you have a substitute recipe for brown sugar?

    • Are you looking for a low carb version? The easiest sub is to add the amt of sweetener you need for the recipe and then 1 T of molasses to the recipe per cup of brown sugar. Does that help?