Baking with Natural Sweeteners

Good Afternoon GlowGetters!

‘Tis the season to be jolly… Fa la la la la la la la la!! It’s also time for holiday entertaining, which means if you’re like me you’ll be baking up a storm for the next month. While it’s true I follow a (mostly) raw diet, I do consume some cooked foods while cooking, and even a cooked meal here and there. I have only one rule and that is I follow a plant-based diet. I don’t have to always eat whole foods, or oil-free but it must not contain animal products. I just feel better that way.

So in the interest of all things tasty, I’ve been planning my holiday menus and felt I should share some healthful sugar swaps for you this holiday season.

 

Replace 1 cup of   white sugar with:

 

 

Sweetener

 

 

Liquid

 

Note

3/4 cup Agave nectar Reduce 1/3 of total Lower oven temp

by 25 degrees

1 1/2 cups

 

Barley malt syrup

 

Reduce slightly
1 cup Birch sugar (xylitol)

 

Does not work well in breads or hard candies
1/2-3/4 cup Birch syrup

 

Reduce slightly
1 1/2 cups

 

Brown rice syrup

 

Reduce slightly Good for hard or crunchy baked goods
2/3-1 cup

 

Date sugar

 

Burns easily
1/2-3/4 cup

 

Honey

 

Reduce by 1/4 cup; if no liquid, add 3 tbs. flour

for each 1/2 cup honey

Lower oven temp by 25 degrees

 

3/4 cup Maple syrup

 

Reduce by 3 tbs.

 

Add 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 cup Maple sugar

 

Add 1/8 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup Molasses

 

1 cup Rapadura

 

1 tsp. Stevia

 

Add 1/8 cup You may have to experiment to get the ratio right
1 cup Sucanat

 

Add 1/4 tsp

baking soda

 

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I’m currently deciding between these holiday treats for my dessert menus. I always feel best when eating a dessert made with LOVE. Really, I do. Anyways, here are my contenders (let me know if you make any of these too!) :

Raw Persimmon Cheesecake 

Baked Cheesecake Bites

Raw Brownies with Chocolate Ganache

Baked Chocolate Raspberry Brownies

Vegan Pecan Pie (my mom’s favourite)

Raw Chai Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Happy baking everyone! These are so flavourful, your families won’t notice these are refined-sugar free! Xx

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