Sugar Substitute

6 Sweet Sugar Substitutes for Baking

Looking for flavorful sugar substitutes? We have all the equivalents measured out for you.

If you’re looking to substitute the sugar in your recipe with something more flavorful or just plain fun, getting the measurements right can be a little tricky. You have to account for differences in quantity, texture, and moisture level. But have no fear, we’ve figured it out for you.

Here are our top 6 sugar substitutes when it comes to baking:

1. Agave Nectar or Agave Syrup

For every cup of sugar your recipe calls for, try 2/3 cup of agave. You’ll also want to reduce the liquids in the recipe by 4 tablespoons and reduce oven temp by 25 percent. Because agave nectar is sticky it may also help to use parchment paper, and definitely combine all the liquids before incorporating your dry ingredients.

Agave Necter

2. Coconut sugar

This is an easy 1-for-1 substitution and is a flavorful substitution for recipes calling for both white and brown sugar.

Coconut Sugar

3. Honey

Honey is one of the best natural sweeteners. There’s something about locally sourced honey that adds such a rich flavor to any recipe. For every cup of white sugar in your recipe, try ¾ cup of honey. It’s equally sweet, with a bit of extra flavor.

4. Fruit Concentrates

Reduce the amount of liquid in your recipe by 3 tablespoons and use ¾ cup of concentrate for every cup of sugar. This substitute is better suited for recipes that call for a fruity flavor.

5. Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is a great natural sweetener but because it’s in a liquid state, you will have to reduce the amount of liquid in your recipe by 3 tablespoons. For every cup of white sugar, try ¾ cup of syrup.

6. Molasses

Molasses is a by-product of refined sugar production. You’ll want to use 1 1/3 cup for every 1 cup of sugar and reduce your liquids by 5 tablespoons.

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From all of us at HERSHEY’S Kitchens,

Bake Happy! 


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