Candy, cookies, and donuts are delicious, but to be honest, all that sugar really isn't good for you at all! So instead of eating all that awful sugar, I looked up a ton of awesome sugar replacements that are also vegan! I was surprised to find out just how many there are, and trust me, there are a LOT! Some of these you can put in coffee or tea, others are mainly for baking, but regardless of what you are making, here are 10 great-tasting vegan sugar replacements!
Probably the worst on this list, only because it looks yucky. It isn't, in fact, it would taste pretty good in some oatmeal, or maybe even on top of some pancakes, but I can't get over the fact that it is so burnt looking, and not like typical maple syrup. It does have a lot of vitamins and minerals in it though, such as Magnesium, Vitamin B-6, and Iron, so as a sugar substitute it is a really healthy option. I have tried some molasses cookies though, and they taste really delicious, so I say give it a try! :)
Xylitol might sound really scientific, but it really isn't. It's just a fancy way of saying "sugar alcohol." No, not that kind of alcohol, don't worry! haha! Xylitol is just a low calorie sweetener that many companies use in sugar-free sweets, like popsicles, so they can be eaten by people who have conditions like diabetes. I remember having some freezer pops that were made with Xylitol, and they were really good!
- Date Sugar
A date is like a raisin, just larger and 1000 times better! They are really high in fructose, a different type of sugar found naturally in fruit, which make them really sweet and taste great in smoothies! One of my favorite ways of using date sugar is to stir it into some herbal tea, which gives it both a sweet as well as a more creamy taste. So it's like a sweetener and a creamer all in one! A twofer!
Stevia is a health guru's dream! It's natural, it has no calories, and it is a great substitute for sugar in things like coffee and oatmeal! What more can you want in a health food? Stevia comes from the liquid of the Stevia leaf, which is naturally sweet! Also, unlike some other non-calorie sweeteners, you can even use it in baked food! So say hello to great tasting low-calorie cupcakes! Try it in some chai tea for a wonderful kick!
- Coconut Sugar
Coconut is really tasty on cakes, but coconut sugar is actually made using the flower of the coconut tree. It can be as a 1:1 replacement for regular sugar. It tastes a lot like brown sugar, and even looks like brown sugar. It's sugary flavor makes it taste great in your morning cup of joe!
- Brown Rice Syrup
Brown rice is a really healthy gluten-free choice for those who want to live a healthy life. Rice syrup is made from cooked brown rice, and is used as a replacement for that nasty high-fructose corn syrup in foods like cereals and snack bars. It is also only lightly sweet, so great for those who don't want a ton of sweetness in their foods for drinks.
- Agave Nectar
Agave Nectar is pretty much a cult favorite among my fellow vegans. It's sweet flavor and lower calories makes it a good choice promoted by many health bloggers. It's soooo good as a substitution for sugar in oatmeal, or cookies. Try it out when you have the chance, I promise you'll love it!
- Apple Sauce
Apple sauce can be used for a variety of purposes, one of which is a replacement for eggs, another is as a sweetener. Adding applesauce instead of sugar to your baking can add a lot of sweetness to your recipes for only a little of the calories! It even tastes good on its own as a side snack! One should know, if you add applesauce to a recipe, like yummy pancakes, or scrumptious cupcakes, you have to use less water. Nobody eats soggy waffles.
- Mashed Banana
Possibly the best egg replacement ever! There are many baked goods that need an egg, but can easily be replaced with a mashed or blended banana without altering anything else. Plus, it adds its own sugar from the natural sweetness of the banana, so you don't have to add much else! Also, bananas are really easy to find, and REALLY cheap, so it makes an awesome sugar replacement! It is good to combine this with some coconut sugar or date sugar for extra sweetness! ^_^
- Maple Syrup
Who doesn't love a heaping helping of maple syrup on some delicious vegan waffles? I know I do! Now as long as you don't overdo it, maple syrup (especially organic maple syrup) can be a good replacement for sugar in almost any recipe. I personally like to add it to some overnight oats or homemade granola, but you can use it for vegan waffles, cookies, or anything else that you need sugar for!
There are a lot of wonderful and tasty vegan sugar substitutes to try out. Using them together can make of break a wonder banana bread, and a nicely made iced kombucha tea. So when you have the time, I highly suggest you try a couple of these, I promise you won't be disappointed! :)