Coconut Sugar

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


After I posted this recipe last week, I had quite a few people asking about the coconut sugar that I mentioned. So I thought I would do a little post on what exactly it is and how it is much better for you than regular white sugar or any of that crappy artificial stuff.

What is Coconut sugar?
It is a natural sugar that comes from the coconut palm tree. Coconut sugar is nothing new. It has been used as a traditional sweetener for generations in South East Asian countries. It is considered a low-carb sugar (awesome right?!) because it has a lower glycemic (less impact on blood sugar) than regular white sugar. This is a great substitute for people with diabetes. Since I am a type 1 diabetic I was so excited when I discovered this. It also measures out exactly the same as sugar does, so if a recipe calls for one cup of sugar, you would use one cup of coconut sugar.

What does it taste like?
You don't want to bake a delicious batch of cookies only to be disappointed right? Coconut sugar resembles a subtle version of brown sugar with a hint of maple syrup. It is not overpowering like some artificial sweeteners can be. As Goldilocks would say," It is not too sweet, it's not too plain..it is just right." :)

Where can you buy it?
You can find it at your local health food stores as well as Asian grocery stores. You can also buy it online here.

If you are looking for a healthier alternative to cane sugar I highly recommend you give coconut sugar a try!

37 comments:

theolivetree said...

this is great to know...when I am not pregnant I have a seriously addiction to "fake" sugar ... I gave up my dear friend sweet n low early this summer and don't want to go back...this looks like a great choice...! Have you ever tried it in ice tea?

Matilda said...

wow...i've never heard of coconut sugar...interesting read.I like this post!!!

Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

I have never heard of coconut sugar before! Thanks for the information!

Paula said...

i think I've never heard about this before!! I'll def be on the lookout and try your cute cinnamon twists sometime soon!

Briana said...

Very interesting. I'll have to try it next time I'm baking!

amelia said...
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amelia said...

wow your blog has grown so much since i visited last a few months ago! congrats on your success! i'm loving what you do :)

Fitting inn.

Simply LKJ said...

I hadn't hear of it either, but will definitely look for it next trip to Whole Foods. Love your new blog profile pic!!

Mongs said...

I love coconut and I like sugar (opps, bad). so this is a good healthy product

love,mongs
mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

Lindsay said...

I have not heard of this before, but would love to give it a try. Thanks for letting me in on it. :)

Ps--I LOVE your new picture in the corner. You are one beautiful momma, inside & out. :)

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

Never tried coconut sugar but it sounds like a great alternative!

Traci said...

Thanks for the info! I had never heard of it before your blog post the other day. Next time I go to Whole Foods I'll be picking some up. Especially, with holiday baking coming up!

Anna Elder said...

oh yes! thanks for posting about this. i really don't know how this could be anymore perfect. and being hypoglycemic this is a great alternative!

Mindy said...

I like the "crappy artifical stuff" comment. You couldn't pay me to put any of that fake sweetener in my mouth.

Shia said...

Thanks for the tip. I'm going to try this ~ my fiance is hypoglycemic and we're always looking for sugar substitutes.

PS ~ I love your new profile pic!

♥ Shia

Sarah said...

Very cool. It's so different and adds some flare. Thanks for the tips =)

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

Alexa said...

I've heard such good things about it. And you're just another source who has pointed me in the coconut sugar direction. Great information!

Emily of The Best of this Life said...

That's great information! I love using coconut oil in cooking, why not coconut sugar? :)

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Theolivetree- yes I have tried it in iced tea. It's great! I also use it in coffee

Tabitha Lynn said...

You always share the best things! So excited to but some!

Nicole Hedden said...

I have been searching for more healthy/natural sweeteners and this is the first I've seen of Coconut sugar. Def will be giving it a try!

Sarah Roads said...

I've used coconut flour, coconut oil, coconut water, but never even knew about coconut sugar. Thanks for the heads up!

Liz @ thequickjourney.blogspot.com said...

i was in need of a better sugar for me to use (pre-diabetic). i'm glad i found you and your lovely blog! thank you!!!

STEENIE said...

How awesome!

Brynn {chartreuse and a twist} said...

You just taught me something completely new! I had no idea this existed. I use other sugar alternatives (never artificial!) like maple sugar or agave... but I will definitely check my local health market for the coconut variety :) Thank you for sharing! xoxoxo brynn

Brynn {chartreuse and a twist} said...

p.s. your new profile pic is so lovely :)

Meg {henninglove} said...

i have never heard of coconut sugar lindsay thanks for introducing me to something new!

Anna said...

All of your readers (me included) have you to thank for healthy skin, and healthy bodies I tell you! Great tip. A lady at my work actually started talking about Coconut sugar only a few weeks ago and brought some in to work to make us try it in our coffees (we all drink to much coffee at my job) - and it was great! I really must start substituting it in to my baking though ( I make a lot of caramel slice - eek). Thanks so much for the info though Lindsay :)

p.s your new profile pic at the top is simply stunning. Your husband is one very lucky guy!

Anna xo

http://www.lifesshinyprettythings.blogspot.com/

Liv Kit @ Simply Sunshine and Daisys said...

Wow! Awesome tip!

Shug in Boots said...

I must check this out! My favorite was Sun Crystals... which they STOPPED MAKING! Ugh! Thanks for the tip!

RomJen said...

I have been using a lot of coconut products, and I tried to bake with coconut sugar, let me tell you it did NOT come out. Cookies were not at all sweet, I was sad :-( , but I will try again.
I found also, coconut vinegar, for those coconut fans like me! :-)

Corrine Yong said...

I am a Malaysian. We use a lot of coconut in our diet. Coconut oil in our cooking, coconut sugar, (Palm Sugar, we call) in our desserts, cakes and even drinks (hot or cold)in place of cane sugar. Usually, with hot coffee or iced tea. When buying palm sugar, buy pure palm sugar....more expensive though.
Come to Malaysia!!!, Malacca, where you can find pure aromatic " GULA MELAKA'..literally means Malacca sugar.

Rachel Davis said...

Just stumbled upon your site, and I am so, SO, happy I did!!! I'm a new Paleo dieter (or for me "lifestyle") and also a type 1 diabetic (for 27 years). I'm finding excellent stuff her on your blog... Keep up the good work!! ;)

Lauren said...

Is coconut sugar the same as coconut palm sugar?

Lauren said...

Is coconut sugar the same as coconut palm sugar?

Gyrlsmylee said...

I was so excited about coconut sugar when I read this because I am also diabetic. So, I googled coconut sugar and found that the flower that produces a coconut is where the sap is taken from to make the sugar. Once the flowers on a palm plant are used up, that plant will no longer produce coconuts. That's sad. I would rather have the coconut butter, and the coconut oil, than the coconut sugar that I would also benefit greatly from. {: ( }

Chele Rutan said...

I was instructed by a nutritionist to give up processed white sugar. (With type-2 diabetes in my family, it's probably best.) I use Nu-Stevia for my beverages and some dishes that don't require a lot of sweetener. However, at $8 for 100 packets, it's not feasible for baking. I'm glad you explained what coconut sugar is and how to use it. Thank you!

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