Honey is a great alternative to sugar and most of us opt for honey in various recipes and in baking in place of sugar. Honey is a healthier alternative than sugar but definitely not the best! Honey is high in calories, contains a lot of natural sugar and is definitely not vegan. Here are some vegan honey alternatives you could try:
Jaggery is also known as medicinal sugar as it cures health issues like constipation, indigestion and cough. It’s popularly known as Gur in India and is especially given to pregnant women to strengthen her immune system. Just melt the hard jiggery to obtain it in liquid state. The powdered form can be used in day to day activities.
Agave nectar is the closest honey alternative due to similar texture, consistency and taste. It comes from blue agave plant but is less viscous than honey. This too can be used in any dish- on top of pan cakes, in desserts, on cakes etc.
It is known as meethi patti in Hindi. It is usually recommended to people who are on weight loss programs or people who are suffering from diabetes. It is low in calories and protects us from stomach acidity, tooth decay and high blood pressure. It is very economical and can be easily available in any general store. More: Best sugar substitutes >>
Maple syrup is made from sugary fluid in the maple trees and is a 100% natural sweetener. It is low in calories and great for those trying to avoid sugar in order to lose weight. Use it in any dish or smoothies or baking.
For every cup of sugar or honey in your recipe, use 1 and 1/3 cup of blackstrap molasses. It is extracted as a by-product during the third cycle boiling of sugar cane juice during the sugar-making process. It contains very low quantity of sugar and is high in minerals, vitamins, iron, potassium and calcium. More: Sugar-free baking alternatives >>
Coconut sugar is made from sap which is the liquid that the coconut plant oozes out. A cut is made to the flower of the coconut plant and the entire liquid is then collected in a container. The liquid is then set to boil till the water is completely evaporated. The refined coconut sugar is ready. The coconut sugar contains more nutrients and minerals when compared to the normal granulated sugar or honey.
BARLEY MALT SYRUP
Barley malt syrup is a sweetener produced from sprouted malted barley. It is not as sweet as honey but makes a great alternative. It is rich in minerals and vitamins, is dark brown in colour and stickier as compared to honey.