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All sugar is sugar, yet not all sugars are equal. The basic granulated cane sugar is in fact a grain, the product of the sugarcane grass. For those with certain food allergies or who might wish to reduce their intake of certain grains, it is beneficial to explore other options when using sugar in a recipe. We should of course try to do without added sugar whenever possible.

Note: It is best to substitute granular sugars for granular sugars and liquid sugar for liquid sugar, for ease of substitution.

For one cup of granulated cane sugar, substitute these sugars:

  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 2/3 cup date sugar
  • 1 cup palm sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated maple sugar

For one cup of liquid cane sugar (sugar syrup), substitute these sugars:

  • 1/2 cup agave syrup
  • 1 cup coconut nectar
  • 2/3 cup date syrup
  • 3/4 cup honey (add a pinch of baking soda when baking)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1 1/3 cup sorghum syrup

Weight of one cup of sugar:

  • agave syrup = 336 grams
  • blackstrap molasses = 356 grams
  • coconut nectar = 340 grams
  • coconut sugar = 200 grams
  • date sugar = 220 grams
  • honey = 340 grams
  • maple sugar = 144 grams
  • maple syrup = 333 grams
  • palm sugar = 200 grams
  • sorghum syrup = 349 grams


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