5 of the Best Natural Sweeteners to Use in Place of White Sugar

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2. Blackstrap molasses

Blackstrap molasses, which has a toasty, slightly bitter flavor, creates subtly sweet and unique-tasting baked beans, homemade barbecue sauces, brown bread, and ginger cookies, according to Eating Well. Molasses, which is a byproduct of sugarcane processing, contains high levels of iron, calcium, copper, and manganese. In fact, a Demand Media article via SFGate states that one tablespoon contains 41 milligrams of calcium, 48 milligrams of magnesium, 293 milligrams of potassium, and 3.5 milligrams of iron.

A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association revealed that when compared to conventional and alternative sweeteners, dark and blackstrap molasses have the highest antioxidant levels. When baking with molasses, Eating Well recommends replacing every 1 cup of sugar your recipe calls for with 1⅓ cups molasses. You should also reduce the recipe’s liquid by 2 tablespoons for each cup of sugar replaced, and lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

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