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Old 09-08-2008, 01:35 PM   #1
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Sugar substitutes?

I am on a no sugar diet, but I think it's ok to occasionally use honey or blue agave nectar instead. I love to bake but all my recipes call for sugar. What else can I substitute for sugar? Can I substitute applesauce or bananas for sugar? I don't want to use artificial sweetners, so that's out. Any websites devoted to cooking with honey or blue agave nectar? Thanks!

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Old 09-08-2008, 03:45 PM   #2
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Re: Sugar substitutes?

splenda is awesome!!! it doesnt carmelize so for anything like that youd be out of luck.
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Old 09-09-2008, 06:09 PM   #3
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We use Splenda too & it is all natural since it is made from sugar... I'm definitely not into Nutrasweet & the other stuff (tastes bitter to me).
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Re: Sugar substitutes?

Splenda is not at all natural.

http://www.truthaboutsplenda.com/

It is a clorinated artificial sweetener.

ETA: Check out http://www.cookingwithstevia.com/ stevia is a natural product, but it has a taste. I've never baked with it, so I don't know how that would work out. I'm highly allergic to artificial sweeteners (aka if I drank a diet coke OR coke zero there is a high chance I'd end up in the hospital)
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Re: Sugar substitutes?

Yeah, not Splenda fans here either....

We use honey. The agave nectar is too pricey for us.

Also, you can use frozen juice concentrates! It takes tweeking of recipes, or you can check out this book for some good snack/treat ideas that use this method - it's by Susan Watson and called Sugar-Free Toddlers: Over 100 Recipes Plus Sugar Ratings for Store Bought Foods Maybe that will help some.

Other than that, try adding fruit to a lot of your baked goodies, using molasses,maple syrup or cane syrup to help sweeten some things, etc. Some baked things don't turn out right without sugar so you'll really want to put some thought into messing with recipes...it can be done but will take some play.

Oh, and this book doesn't look too bad but I haven't actually read it: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/re.../dp/0811810496

Oh, and maybe look through some sites for diabetics.
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Old 09-10-2008, 01:30 AM   #6
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Brown Rice Syrup is awesome! Stevia is great too.
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Re: Sugar substitutes?

Splenda Yes, made of sugar but processed completely unnaturally...yuck! (Kind of like the same BS that says that HFCS is all natural!)

If you look at alot of vegan recipes, many of them don't use "real" sugar. My Skinny B*tch cookbook, Veganomicon and Vegan Cupcakes take over the World cookbooks all have no-sugar recipes.

We use Agave, pure maple syrup, brown rice syrup, stevia, sucanot and date sugar...Most of those (except maybe the maple syrup?) have low glucose levels so they are acceptable to diabetics.

Fatfreevegan.com uses alot of sugar substitutes and links to a ton of other vegan websites/blogs that have great recipes without using processed white sugar...
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Steevia (spelling?) isn't bad.

I use honey or even apple sauce.
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Re: Sugar substitutes?

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Steevia (spelling?) isn't bad.

I use honey or even apple sauce.
Do you use the same amount of apple sauce as sugar? I read that with honey, you use 1/2 of what you would with sugar.
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:01 AM   #10
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I recommend, honey, agave, maple syrup, yacon syrup, apple sauce, xylitol, not from concentrate fruit juice, or whole fruit, only!
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