7 Healthy Sugar Alternatives

These natural, less-refined products satisfy your sweet tooth without artificial sweeteners.

Kick your sugar habit without relying on the artificial stuff. A nutritionist and chef picks her top natural sweeteners.

Coconut Secret Coconut Crystals

Coconut Palm Sugar

A no-brainer sugar replacement that’s rich in potassium and iron. Similar in taste and appearance to brown sugar, it can be substituted 1:1 for white or brown sugar without making other changes. Find it at natural foods stores and some supermarkets.

Recommended brand: Coconut Secret

(Photo by Matt Duckor)

Whole Foods Pitted Dates

Dates

A sweetener and a whole food. The caramel-like Medjool varietyis my go-to for raw desserts (like these Cocoa-Date Truffles). Dates add a complex sweetness and bind ingredients well. I also slice this quality carb onto my oatmeal in place of brown sugar.

(Photo by Matt Duckor)

Pick organic unsulfured Medjool dates

Madhava Agave Nectar

Agave dissolves easily, so it’s my first choice for cold beverages (good-bye, simple syrup!). And it’s sweeter than white sugar, so I can use less of it.Try using agave syrup in our Strawberry Tarts with Ginger-Nut Crust.

Recommended brand: Madhava

(Photo by Matt Duckor)

Blis B Maple Syrup

Another favorite, and not just because I’m Canadian. It adds depth–plus manganese and calcium–to marinades and homemade granola. And it’s great in baked goods:For basic cakes, replace 1 cup sugar with 1 cup syrup, and reduce other liquids by 1/3 to 1/2 cup to compensate for the extra liquid (you’ll get the hang of it). I prefer grade B for its robust taste.

Recommended brand: Buy local. We like Blis B Grade Michigan Maple Syrup

(Photo by Matt Duckor)
Mesquite Powder

Mesquite

The mesquite tree, common to the American southwest, produces a beanlike pod that can be dried and pulverized for use as a sweetener or flour. It’s gluten-free, with a low glycemic index, and high in fiber and protein.

Sprinkle mesquite powder onto oatmeal, add it to smoothies, or replace a percentage of regular flour in baking recipes. Mesquite adds a warm, mellow caramel flavor to almost any food that needs a touch of sweetness.

Recommended brand: Navitas Naturals

(Photo by Matt Duckor)

Organic Molasses

Blackstrap Molasses

This robust, mineral-rich by-product of refined white sugar is viscous and nearly black in color. It adds a wonderful depth to stews and chilis and tastes great in smoothies and hot beverages. Unsulphured and organic is best.

Recommended brand: Wholesome Sweeteners

(Photo by Matt Duckor)

Organic Brown Rice Syrup

Thick and honey-colored, and only about half as sweet as sugar, brown rice syrup is derived by culturing cooked rice with enzymes to break down the starches, then straining off the liquid and reducing it to the desired consistency. It’s great over pancakes, in coffee or tea, or substituted for other sweeteners in baking. High-quality rice syrup should only contain brown rice and filtered water.

Recommended brand: Lundberg

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