Sugar Substitutes: How to Substitute Sweeteners

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Sugar Substitutes: How to Substitute Sweeteners. From Baking with Honey to Substituting Maple Syrup for Sugar, all of the tips you need are right here.

There are two basic reasons why you would need to learn about sugar substitutes and how to substitute sweeteners in a recipe.

One is that you ran out of the sweetener that you needed.

The second is that you are using sugar substitutes for health reasons.

Starting to Use Healthier Sweeteners

One of the ways that our family started moving towards more whole foods was to move away from white sugar and start baking with honey, sucanat, and other sweeteners.

Now, instead of making my Homemade Jello, Homemade Chocolate Chips, and Gluten Free Cupcakes with granulated sugar, I moved to other, more wholesome sweeteners.

If you've been wondering about baking with honey or baking with maple syrup,  or what to do about substituting sugar in your baked goods or other sweet (or not-so-sweet) dishes, then this post should help.

Never Run Out Again

One of my pet peeves (and probably yours too) is running out of something when you are in the middle of the recipe.

And one of my best time and money-saving cooking and baking tips is learning how to substitute one thing for another.

That way you're not running out to the store at the last minute because you ran out of something.  You spend extra time (a lot), extra money on gas, more money than usual because you are making a last minute purchase, plus you might end up buying other things that you don't need, which really add up.

You know how it goes – you're making a dessert that calls for honey and all you have is a granulated sweetener, or vice versa.  So you get in the car (if you have kids this takes an inordinate amount of time), head to the store, run into traffic, get to the store and grab what you need, in addition to grabbing some other stuff that caught your eye.

About an hour later (at the earliest) you're back home ready to move on with your recipe, but you're wiped out now and really don't feel like finishing anything anyways.

Well, one of the easiest things to substitute in recipes is sweeteners.

Reformed Sugar-a-holic

Now, I am a reforming sugar-aholic.  I used to eat sugar all. the. time.

I once even worked in an ice cream parlor.

Bad idea.  Ahem.

I basically would come home and tell my mother that I wouldn't be needing dinner because I was full from sampling anything and everything (yes we were allowed to do that).

Anyway, I don't bake quite as much these days since we are focusing on vegetables and animal proteins more and more in our quest to deal with adrenal fatigue, but I still enjoy making whole grain (or non grain) treats (like Chocolate Chia Pudding or Berry Mousse) that require some sweetening.

And I know that a lot of my readers are using traditional sweeteners (hopefully the healthier options of honey, maple syrup, sucanat, and the like) and that these substitution and baking tips would be useful for you.

So when you need to substitute a liquid for a granulated sweetener, how do you do that quickly and easily?

It's fairly simple, actually.

Mainly, you just need to make up for, or take away from, the liquid part of the liquid sweetener, when adding it to a recipe, and adjust a little for the different sweetness of the sweeteners you are substituting.

Now of course, if the recipe we are talking about is a dish with very little sweetener (like my Focaccia Flax Bread), then it really doesn't matter.  Just substitute one sweetener for another and don't worry about it.

Additionally, with some non-baking recipes like

you can use whatever sugar substitute you wish (liquid or granulated).  The result won't differ that much regardless of which sugar substitutes you use.

I love forgiving recipes, don't you :-)?

However, when you are dealing with a sweet baked good, then things get more complicated.

Here's how to make a sugar substitute in baking and have the result turn out well.

Sugar Substitutes: Need to substitute honey for sugar or maple syrup for honey? Find out how to substitute sweeteners for baking and cooking. If you are switching to baking with honey and maple syrup and other sweeteners for health reasons, or you've just run out of a sweetener and need to use another, this post can help.

Pretty simple, isn't it?

I use these tips whenever I have run out of the sweetener I need (which isn't often, since I purchase my sweeteners in bulk – like everything else :-)), but more often when I am trying out a new recipe and want to use the least expensive sweetener that I have.  Then if the recipe isn't a winner, I've spent less money on it than I would have otherwise.

Soon I'll go into more details of my thoughts about sugar, some more detailed information on sweeteners (including nutritional information and sugar substitutes as well).

Stay tuned!

What sweetener do you most use in your home?

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  1. I’m so confused. I need to replace maple syrup with xylitol. I don’t understand the chart above. Please help.

  2. Hi Adrienne,

    I read your post on sugar substitutes and it was very helpful. I plan to make bread and want to use maple syrup in place of sugar. How much syrup would I sub for 3 tablespoons of sugar? And for this amount of syrup do I still need to reduce the liquid in my recipe? If so, by what amount?