Maple syrup packs in more nutritional value than all other sweeteners. Not only is it high in antioxidants, it contains fewer calories and has higher levels of nutrients and vitamins than all other sweeteners like white sugar, honey or agave.
With all these benefits, it only makes sense to reach for naturally delicious maple instead of refined sugar or other sweeteners when cooking. Whether you choose to use 100% pure maple syrup or maple sugar, not only will you be eating a bit healthier, but you’ll also get the added bonus of a subtle hint of maple flavor in whatever you’re making.
How to substitute maple syrup for refined sugars:
Depending on what you’re cooking or baking, the substitution may vary slightly. When replacing sugar, the general rule is that you can use an equal amount of maple syrup in place of the called for amount of sugar.
EX: If your recipe calls for 1 cup sugar, use 1 cup maple syrup.
However, what you must remember is that maple syrup is a liquid. So, if you’re replacing
something like white sugar, which isn’t a liquid, you’ll have to account for that by reducing
a liquid elsewhere in your recipe.
EX: Decrease liquid by 3 to 4 tablespoons per 1 cup substitution of maple syrup.
How to substitute maple sugar for refined sugars:
Maple sugar is made from maple syrup that has been cooked until it has crystallized into granulated sugar. It packs the same health benefits as maple syrup but is even easier to substitute for refined sugar since it replaces it one for one!
EX: If your recipe calls for 1 cup sugar, use 1 cup maple sugar.
No need to do anything else!
Maple syrup and maple sugar are versatile and can be used in many different ways. The next time you go to reach for the sugar or honey, consider maple syrup instead!