Ever wish you could dust that coffee cake or roll those cookie balls in some powdery sweetness? But you’re not a fan of the empty calories in powdered sugar? Believe it or not, there’s a way around it: you can make your own powdered sugar substitute in a matter of seconds!
I don’t normally get to miss powdered sugar but when I got yet another batch of poppy seed cake out of the oven last week, it got me thinking. There’s just something beautiful and delicate about that light sprinkle of sweetness. It somehow makes the dessert more festive and special without the need for frosting.
Speaking of frosting – a healthier powdered sugar substitute would definitely help make those. There’s nothing more annoying than a frosting that got too thin because you added too much maple syrup or too grainy because you put in some granulated sweetener.
Guess what! After some experimenting in the kitchen, I’m happy to announce you can turn pretty much any granulated sweetener into your very own, healthier powdered sugar substitute. I haven’t tried this trick with all sweeteners but I would be surprised if it didn’t work. Xylitol remains my personal favorite, though.
Note: If you’re not sure which sweetener is best for you, check out my free guide to healthy sweeteners! I cover all of their pros and cons there and help you choose the right ones ;)
So how do you get this done? It is not even a trick really. You just put your sweetener of choice in a coffee grinder (spice grinder or a high-powered food processor will probably work too, I haven’t tried, though) and push the button.
Ta da! Your very own powdered sugar substitutes created in mere seconds. In this case, it’s ground up xylitol. Xylitol or cane sugar gets you closest to the original thing if that’s what you’re going for. But who could say no to caramel-like powdered coconut sugar or sucanat? And if you want to go calorie free, erythritol works great too.
If you’re a little confused about all the sweeteners you can use, don’t forget to download my free Guide to Healthy Sweeteners. There you can read all about the different options and how they compare.
Happy cake dusting, cookie rolling, frosting making and whatever else your taste buds desire!
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