Sweet Conversions – Try my favorite natural sweetener substitutes for cane sugar in cooking and baking:
Instead of 1 cup of sugar, use…
2/3 cup honey
2/3 cup agave nectar
1 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup coconut palm sugar
2 cups date sugar
1 cup fruit juice concentrate
2 1/2 cups rice syrup
1 teaspoon Stevia powdered extract or liquid concentrate
2/3 cup molasses (note: also from sugar cane)
For more information about natural sweeteners, including a glossary of terms, check out the original article by Annie B. Bond. Details about coconut palm sugar can be found at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free. Stevia is a newer alternative to sugar that is gaining in popularity. Additional details can be found here.
If you are interested in learning about cost comparisons among the natural sweeteners, check out my analysis.