5 Natural & Safe Sugar Alternatives for Baking

natural sugar alternatives20 month old Baby and I love baking together. I used to avoid baking because I thought it just meant creating sugary, less-than-healthy treats for our family, but now I love using these natural sugar alternatives to create healthy baked goods that we all enjoy.

Here are the top 5 ways that I naturally sweeten our baking recipes and avoid using sugar or artificial sweeteners:

1. Honey

The benefits:
– Honey has vitamins: B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and certain amino acids.

– Honey has minerals: calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.

– Honey contains antioxidants and is cholesterol and fat-free.

– Honey’s sugars are gradually absorbed into the bloodstream which results in better digestion.

2. Unsweetened Applesauce

The benefits:
– Applesauce contains dietary fiber which keeps your digestive system moving regularly.

– Applesauce can contain as much as 80% of your daily vitamin C needs.

– Applesauce lightens the caloric density of baked goods.

3. Cinnamon

The benefits:
– Cinnamon lowers cholesterol.

– Cinnamon reduces blood sugar levels.

– Cinnamon protects against heart disease.

4. Vanilla Extract

The benefits:
– Vanilla helps to prevent memory loss.

– Vanilla balances the secretion or hormones.

– It reduces inflammation and hyperactivity in the major body systems.

5. Coconut Oil

The benefits:
– Coconut oil increases immunity.

– Coconut oil speeds up your metabolism.

– Coconut oil is antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, and antibacterial.

For examples of recipes containing these natural sugar alternatives, please see:
An Easy, Healthy, Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

A Veggie Muffin Recipe for Toddlers

Baby’s 1st Birthday Party Recap: Ideas, Recipes & Pictures

For more information on healthy baking alternatives, visit Healthy Child, Healthy World.

This post is linked up at The Tuesday Baby Link Up, Natural Living Monday, and the Living Well Blog Hop.

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  1. says

    Thank you, Cherise! I read Mark Bittman’s op-ed on regulating sugar in the NY Times yesterday, and it got me wondering about sugar alternatives. When baking muffins and bread, I generally use honey (usually) or real maple syrup (sometimes). When making cookies and waffles, though, I do use sugar. Cookies are a rare treat — once per month, if even that often. Waffles, on the other hand, I do make most Saturday mornings. I use Bittman’s recipe (I live by his How to Cook Everything cookbooks), which calls for only 2 tablespoons of sugar — much, much less than I’ve seen in any other recipe for waffles, and it’s plenty, especially because I also use vanilla (yum!) and cinnamon (yum!).
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  2. says

    Great ideas, we also use organic agave nectar, prune preserves (organic and prunes only), pumpkin (even in desserts, you’d never know!) 😉 happy baking!

  3. says

    These are great ideas for alternatives, Charise, and I love that you point out the health benefits of each one as well. They’re not just less bad for you, they’re pretty good for you! We use loads of coconut oil, but Annabelle has always had a skin reaction to cinnamon, which is really a bummer! We also love blackstrap molasses (high in iron) and, like Queentob, pumpkin.
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  4. Julie says

    Such a nice and useful text, I haven’t heard about the most alternatives for sugar you’ve posted. I’ve been a green mom since decades, and I used to bake with honey if it’s possible. But I think I’m going to give the coconut oil a try soon, thanks for the inspiration!

  5. says

    Thank you for sharing this, good health is very important to all. As a mother you must know what to provide a right food for you son or daughter. It is to make sure that these foods has a complete vitamin that the body needs.

  6. says

    Oh, that was really nice to read! As a matter of fact, we are addicted to honey in my house, we use it in all kind of food and drinks. We even put it in our coffee, which usually freaks out our guests at first, but once they have tasted it, they like it. I have heard that linden honey is very good against heartburn and reflux.
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  7. Danyelle Franciosa says

    Oh, he is growing good. Anyway, choosing an alternative way in baking is one of the best to do. It is more healthier than sugar. Thanks for sharing this alternative ways in baking.
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  8. says

    Thanks Charise for sharing this with us, I had no idea coconut oli was a metabolism booster!
    I am really looking forward to hosting the Seasonal Celebration Linky Party #7 going live tomorrow and hope you’ll pop over sometime-you’re always welcome!
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  9. says

    I make cookies for my little nieces all the time and have started to worry about using sugar. Honey and unsweetened applesauce seem like yummy substitutes. :)

  10. says

    We’ve used honey and apple sauce before. The apple sauce can also be used as an egg substitute.

    Do you have any guidance on how much of each to substitute for a cup of sugar?

  11. says

    This looks like a great list! I have used applesauce and honey, and found those to be very tasty substitutes. I like that you outlined all of the health benefits of these.

    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!


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