One of the hallmarks of clean eating is cutting out gluten, dairy, or sugar. Soooo….how do you get rid of all that sugar in your favorite baking recipes? Swap it for something better, of course!
Here are some great sugar sugar alternatives for your baking that are pure and healthy:
1. Honey: Read more about the benefits of raw, unprocessed honey here. Using it as a sweetener will obviously add a honey flavor to your baking. You can even experiment with different flavors of honey, such as buckwheat honey, lavender honey, or blueberry honey. Replace 1 cup of sugar is with 3/4 cup honey. (Suitable for clean eating, paleo, SCD, and GAPS diets.)
2. Dates: Dates can be boiled down into a syrup that is a wonderful substitute for brown sugar. Simmer pitted dates with just enough water to cover them in a small saucepan, stirring frequently, until completely dissolved. Replace 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of date syrup. (Suitable for clean eating, paleo, SCD, and GAPS diets.)
3. Maple Syrup: Awwww, the joy of being Canadian. Maple syrup. If your baking or cooking can handle an infusion of maple flavor, this could be your winner. Replace 1 cup of sugar with 2/3 cup maple syrup. (Suitable for clean eating and paleo diets.)
4. Bananas: So obviously using banana isn’t quite the same as using sugar. But it’s an excellent sweetener in baking. Use the brownest bananas you can find and mash them up well. Of course, adding banana to a recipe will affect both the flavor and the texture, but I have had excellent results using bananas to sweeten waffles and muffins. Replace 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of mashed banana. Reduce the amount of butter or oil used in the recipe by 1/4 cup per cup of mashed bananas used. (Suitable for clean eating, paleo, SCD, and GAPS diets.)
5. Applesauce: Applesauce is a great sweetener in baking, especially in muffins and zucchini or banana bread. Make your own applesauces by peeling and chopping apples (McIntosh apples work well). Simmer them with a bit of water in a small saucepan until they soften and are mash-able. Replace 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of applesauce. Reduce the amount of liquid (water, milk, etc.) in the recipe by 1/4 cup per cup of applesauce used. (Suitable for clean eating, paleo, SCD, and GAPS diets.)
Have you tried swapping out sugar in your baking recipes for a healthier alternative? What worked? What didn’t? Leave me a comment- I’d love to know!