Earlier this year I was looking to reduce my intake of white sugar. After doing a little research I learned that as far as your body is concerned, sugar is sugar – whether it’s white sugar, maple syrup or evaporated cane juice, you’re processing it all pretty much the same way. I also learned that there is virtually no difference between processed and some “natural” sugars. I found this fascinating – and a bit alarming – and decided to limit myself to sweeteners that came in their most natural – and least refined – state. Products like honey, pure maple syrup, and evaporated cane juice.
And while these sweeteners are by no means “healthy,” some actually contain antioxidants and trace minerals, and all are void of chemicals and other nasty substances.
It was easy enough to sweeten my tea and drizzle my oatmeal – but what about baking? Unlike cooking, baking is much more finicky when it comes to substitutions, and I was wary about swapping my trusty white sugar for an alternative that might yield less than stellar results.
Fortunately, there are loads of talented bakers out there who have done the math for us – with amazing results! So if you’re looking to cut back on white sugar - but still bake up a storm for the holidays – you are going to love these beautiful (and yummy!) cookies, muffins, and more, all made with natural sweeteners!