“Does coconut sugar taste like coconut?” “How can coconut sugar be good for you, it’s sugar isn’t it?” All this and more in today’s post. Stick around to find out more about this tropical sweetener.
Coconut sugar is one of my favorite natural sweeteners for several reasons. Ringing in at 35, it is very low on the glycemic index. It possesses a neutral PH, and is a source of vitamin C, vitamin B, 17 essential amino acids, and minerals, such as potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron and copper. It has a warm, brown sugar-eque taste and a texture quite similar to white table sugar. It doesn’t taste like coconut because it isn’t made from the coconut fruit. It comes from the coconut tree. Most coconut sugar manufacturers claim that it can replace white sugar with a 1 to 1 ratio.
Coconut sugar is made through a simple, completely natural process. The coconut tree is tapped for its sap. The sap is then evaporated at a low temperature until crystallization occurs. It is called a “sugar,” but is really nothing of the sort. Before the sap is evaporated, it is known as “Coconut Nectar.” This product is also used as a natural sweetener and is available for purchase.
Something that might be interesting to all you little earth lovers, is that, once tapped, the coconut tree can continue to be tapped for sap for twenty years. It is a very sustainable food source. It’s also completely vegan.
Some of my favorite ways to use coconut sugar are in baked goods, sprinkled on sweet potatoes, or in my oatmeal. I once melted down coconut sugar with a little bit of water until it became a thick black syrup. It was a beautiful thing. I soaked my coconut vanilla cupcakes in the syrup and enjoyed every minute of it.
Have you tried coconut sugar? What are you favorite ways to use it? Are you a fan? Let me know in the comments below, or connect with me on Instagram @girlgonecrunchy