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Vegan Sugar Substitutes for Coffee

by Anonymous

Question: What do you use instead of sugar for coffee recipes?

If you are simply looking to follow a vegan diet, there are plenty of vegan sugar substitutes. You can find them at most grocery stores and definitely at Whole Foods and health food stores. Simply look for the vegan tag on the package, and those sugars will be made without bone char or other animal byproducts.

If you are looking for a healthier sugar, here are a few options:

*Brown rice syrup:
It won't spike your blood sugar levels as much as regular sugar, so it's much healthier for your body. I think it tastes exactly like honey, and it has the same texture, so you can use it as an exact replacement for sugar.

*Maple syrup:
The "real" maple syrup is made from maple sap and has no additives. Don't be confused by the cheap, HFCS version. It will cost more than the fake kind, but it's well worth it, and a little goes a long way.

*Agave nectar/syrup:
Made from the nectar inside a specific type of cactus, it also won't spike your blood sugar levels. I find it to be much sweeter than regular sugar, so you can use less than you normally would in recipes.

*Barley malt: This sugar is also helpful in recipes as it's made from grain and again, won't make you feel wonky from the sugar highs and lows of sugar spikes. It also has a taste similar to honey, so you have to taste to find your favorite.

Those are a few of my favorite vegan sugar substitutes. Hope that helps!


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Pure Stevia
by: Anonymous

I buy stevia in the little packets from the health food store; they sell them by the pound.

This year I am going to try and grow my own stevia plants.

I've always read that sugar in any form is still sugar, so I'm trying to cut it out completely.

Vegan Sweeteners
by: Nia

Date sugar is natural and vegan. Even whole dates can be used as a sweetener. Try sucanat-the stuff they throw away when refining sugar (it's more healthy than the white sugar and completely vegan). Indian groceries sell a sugar that is vegan and traditional to India-Jaggery/Gur (palm sugar)- this tastes AMAZING and this is coming from a sugar junkie. Also, rice syrup is vegan and is pretty sweet and yummy, plus the dark one tastes like honey! If you don't care about the health aspect-Jack Frost brand of refined/white sugar is vegan. Whole Foods Market sells their own brand of white sugar that is vegan, it's under their "365" label. Have fun:)

Vegan Sugar
by: Anonymous

There are plenty of natural vegan sweetners and I have listed some below (unrefined sugar is healthier than refined sugar because it still cotains some of the nutrients that help yor body digest it better). I like to use Turbinado to sweeten my coffee.

Raw Sugar (Demerara, Muscavado, Turbinado, Panela-Look in the Latino isle at your Supermarket or in Gourmet Markets)

Sucanat (Another form of unrefined cane sugar-Can be found in most Health Food Stores)

Palm Sugar (Jaggerry or Gur - Availble at Indian Grocery Stores)

Rice Syrup (tatses like honey on it's own-Popular at Health Food Stores)

Barley Malt Syrup (strong tasting- Look in Health Food Stores and Gourmet Markets)

Molasses (strong tasting-Blackstrap Molasses is a healthy suppliment-At Healthfood Stores or Supermarkets)

Beet Sugar (always refined without bone char-In Supermarkets, Gourmet Markets or Health Food Stores)

Jack Frost brand of refined sugar does not use bone char-At Supermarkets.

Agave worse than HFCS
by: Stan

According to Dr. Mercola at mercola.com, Agave is Far Worse than High Fructose Corn Syrup. Get all the details here:


by: Anonymous

I've decided not to use agave anymore based on recent reports that it really isn't all that good for you because of its high fructose content. What do you think?

A better sweetner
by: LyNel

Hello again,

I too have been looking for a better sweetener. I tried the Stevia thing but it has such a chemical after taste. Thanks for the new ideas. What do you say about molases. I love that flavor. Is there one that is very vegan?

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