Granulated nectar (a.k.a. coconut sugar) is the newest natural sugar replacement on the scene, and fans love it for its sustainability, tasty caramel flavor, and super-simple performance. But before welcoming this organic sweetening superhero into your kitchen, get to know its unique traits with our quick primer on what granulated nectar brings to the table.
1. It Won't Ruin Your Recipes
Baking with liquid sweeteners like agave or maple syrup can change the texture of a baked good, and calorie-free sweeteners like stevia can make flavors go funky. But the real headache of these sugar alternatives is the required recipe modifications, because these complicated adjustments can take the fun out of baking. Granulated nectar has a 1:1 replacement ratio, making cutting out refined sugar simple and straightforward - just use it cup-for-cup in replacement of the white stuff, in any recipe. (Here are some good ones from The Kitchn to get you started!)
2. It's An Environmental Upgrade Over Cane Sugar
Everyone knows the world's been binging on sugar, but not everyone knows sugar's been binging on the world, polluting ecosystems, gulping up water, harming animals and violating human rights. Sustainably and organically farmed coconut palms can provide up to 70% more sweetener per acre than cane sugar - and with demand from consumers laying on the pressure for earth-friendly farming practices, the organic coconut palm industry has a shot of turning cane sugar's track record of environmental damage upside down.
3. It's The Chosen Sweetener Of Health Food Innovators
No sweetener is a "health food," but on the grand spectrum of sugars, some are better than others. Choosing sweeteners with low environmental impact, maximized nutritional content and minimized glycemic impact and fructose content is a useful formula for making the most of how you treat yourself - and leading companies like Purely Elizabeth, Hu Kitchen and Rhythm Superfoods are choosing to use coconut nectar in their recipes for exactly those reasons.
4. It's GMO and chemical-free
Over 50% of refined sugar in the US is made from GMO sugar beets - and it's unlabeled. For the increasing audience of people who care about keeping GMO's and chemicals out of the food they eat or bake, granulated nectar provides an effortless way to keep things clean.
5. It's unprocessed and unrefined
Processing and refining have radically changed the nature and nutrients of many standard baking ingredients - from flour to fats to sweeteners. Refined sugar and many honeys, agaves and even maple syrups are processed, taking out valuable nutrients from these already nutrient-light foods. Granulated nectar is unprocessed and unrefined, which keeps its natural nutrients of magnesium, iron, potassium and other vitamins and minerals intact. These nutrients won't magically turn your sweetener into a health food, but they do add an extra layer of nutrients to your baking - something we can all say "hooray!" about.