Today I'm sharing with you how to make powdered sugar.
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.
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 Sugar, 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.
Of course, you could call your neighbor to see if they have what you need, but more often than not, sadly, we aren't as connected with our neighbors as we used to–and many of them are not at home as often, so it's hard to just run next door to borrow a few eggs, or whatever you've run out of. (Side note – it isn't just recipe ingredients that you might need from a neighbor. Here's a story about how we almost flooded our basement and how a neighborhood connection and a water alarm saved us!
So this is another great reason to know how to make powdered sugar so you can avoid a last minute trip to the store–or a ruined recipe.
Why I Learned How to Make Powdered Sugar
Years ago, I tried to find out how to make powdered sugar when we were on an incredibly strict budget. We were living off of only $14,000 a year. Yes, we were living with my inlaws, so our expenses were low, but it was still tight. Every penn
I was reminded of wanting to write this post about how to make powdered sugar 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.
First gather a blender (or food processor), your sweetener, and then one other ingredient and you're done.
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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 are also a help as 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.)
Where to Use this Homemade Powdered Sugar:
- as a dusting on desserts
- in desserts that might be “gritty” when using granulated sweeteners
- in drinks. It will dissolve more easily.
For example, I powder my sweetener often when making my Homemade Chocolate / Carob Chips since makes the resulting chips much smoother.
You can check out the chocolate chips recipe here:
How Will You Save with this Powdered Sugar Substitute?
– homemade 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. Make this homemade powdered sugar instead and save tons of money!
And in case this whole topic has you craving more DIY pantry basics…..
More Frugal Homemade Pantry Basics
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.
- Place the sweetener and either cornstarch or arrowroot into your blender or food processor. (I highly recommend the Vitamix!).
- 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.
- 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!)
- - 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", however 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!
- - 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!
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What would you use this powdered sugar substitute for?