It’s the holiday season, which means it’s the season of baking. And with baking, comes sugar. The two go hand-in-hand and there is really no way around it. Sugar helps make baked goods taste delicious, and gives all of your tasty treats a beautiful golden brown look and moist texture. However, just because baking requires sugar, that doesn’t mean you have to use plain granulated sugar. Whether you’re looking to cut calories, eliminate processed ingredients or simply change up the flavor, these sugar alternatives in baking will help your holidays shine even brighter.
Honey- Using honey for baking will make your baked goods have a distinct flavor and give them a golden brown look. Try to choose raw honey when baking for the most natural ingredients.
100% Pure Maple Syrup- Great for cookies and muffins, pure maple syrup is very sweet, and you don’t need a lot of it to sweeten your baked goods. Make sure your syrup is 100% pure, or else you are basically using corn syrup to sweeten your baked goods.
Brown Rice Syrup- Made from fermented brown rice, this syrup will make your product have a crisper texture and a unique flavor, especially if you’re replacing a sweetener with a distinct flavor, such as maple syrup.
Agave Nectar- Similar to honey, but with a sweeter taste and thinner consistency. When using agave nectar, use the same amount you would if you were using regular sugar, but add an additional 1/4 cup flour to the mix.
Artificial Sweeteners- A great option for those who are diabetic, these artificial sweeteners tend to have a distinct aftertaste when used in baking. Keep in mind, most sugar substitutes are processed and should be used in moderation. Many sugar substitutes are sweeter than sugar, so make sure to modify the measurements.
Happy Holidays and Happy Baking!