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When I started cooking at home more, it occurred to me that I didn't really know what I was doing. I was essentially throwing together meals without a lot of thought, and it was really discouraging. My family didn't always love the food either, which made my cooking seem like a waste of time. I wanted to improve my cooking skill set, so I started focusing on making better food for my family. This blog is all about making better dishes and using higher-quality ingredients. You never know, eating better might help you to feel better and keep your family healthy.

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2 Sugar Substitutes To Use In Baking

If you are trying to cut down on your sugar intake, but you love to bake for your friends and family, you may be wondering how you can keep baking and still enjoy the sweet treats that you are producing. Luckily, there are several options out there that you can use. Some sugar alternatives are better for baking than others are. So, which ones should you try?

Agave

Agave syrup comes from a kind of cactus. In fact, you get agave syrup from the same kind of cactus that you get tequila from. When they harvest the plants, they get all the sap out of the heart of the plant. Agave syrup is made the same way that maple syrup is. The sap is boiled down until it becomes concentrated and sweet. 

If you are going to bake with agave, you will need to cut down how much liquid you use in your recipe. That's because the syrup would add too much moisture to your end product. You may also notice that your end product may be harder to get out of the pan. You can use something like parchment paper or a cake release spray in the pan to make it a little easier, instead of just greasing the pan. 

Coconut Sugar

This kind of sugar comes from the sap of the coconut flowers. When you get this sugar, you can buy it in three different forms. It comes as a block, granulated, or a paste. The three different forms make it easier for you to choose a form that will work best in your recipes. 

When you are baking with coconut sugar, you aren't adding in any kind of coconut flavor. It tends to be closer to tasting like brown sugar than it does anything else. That's why it's best to replace the brown sugar in your recipes with coconut sugar. It may be hard for you to find coconut sugar in your grocery store. If the store does carry it, it is more likely to be in the health food or natural foods section than it is to be in the baking section. If it's not at your grocery store, you will probably be able to find it at health food store or online. 

If you are trying to cut down on eating processed sugar but you love to bake, there are different sugar substitutes that you can use in your baking. Contact a dealer, like Sugar 2.0, for more help.