When I was switching our family from processed white sugar to natural sweeteners, I was on the hunt for the least processed sweeteners, something that I could eventually produce on our own farm, and could be stored for long periods of time.
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We have narrowed it down to two basic sweeteners, honey and maple syrup. They both are readily available at most grocery store, local farmers, and Azure Standard. Of course there are other natural sweeteners that come in granulated or powdered form that work well too. First, let’s talk about how to change recipes from granulated sugar to liquid natural sweeteners.
How To Use Honey
In recipes that call for 1 cup or more of sugar, follow these guidelines:
1 granulated sugar= 1/2-3/4 cup of honey.
For each 1 cup of granulated sugar, reduce the liquid by 1/4 cup in your recipe.
If the recipe does not have baking soda add 1/4 tsp for every 1 cup honey.
In recipes that call for less than a cup of sugar, substitute 1 to 1 ratio.
In recipes that use eggs but no other liquid, increase the flour by 2 tbs for each cup of honey.
How To Use Maple Syrup
In recipes that call for 1 cup or more of granulated sugar, use these guidelines to substitute with maple syrup:
I cup granulated sugar= 3/4 cup maple syrup
Decrease other liquids by 3 tablespoons for every cup of sugar
In recipes that call for less than 1 cup of sugar you may substitute maple syrup on a 1 to 1 ratio.
Other Natural Sweetener Choices
If you are looking for a natural sweetener that is not liquid and can be substituted on a 1 to 1 ratio, use any of the following: date sugar, maple sugar, coconut sugar, or powdered monk fruit.
Have fun trying all the choices for natural sweeteners! Here are some recipes that you can start with.