I am doing a series of post that will talk about my top four favorite sugar substitutes. If you’re on a sugar detox or looking for healthier sugars you will enjoy this series. These sweeteners will not have the same great taste as regular sugar, but if you are trying to stay off the sweet stuff these are great alternatives that are low in calories.
Palm sugar is my all-time favorite sugar substitute, and if there was a way I could grind it up and make it into granulated sugar (I did try it and the blades on my food processor broke) I would. 1 tbsp is 28 calories! You can’t beat that! Palm sugar should not be confused with coconut sugar; in my opinion palm sugar is much sweeter but if you are curious about the difference between the two checkout this article.
Palm sugar is as close as you’re going to get to real sugar in taste (in my opinion)! This sugar is great for making candies, jams, simple syrups, and anything on the stove top. Not so good for baking. Palm sugar is hard as a rock so be prepared to use a hammer; a knife will not cut through this big block. If you live in phoenix you can find this sugar at most Asian markets. I recommend going to Lee Lees; if you’re not in phoenix you can try your local Asian or international market. If you can’t find it there try online.