Coconut palm sugar

This healthy alternative sweetener is made by drying and crystallizing coconut palm nectar, and is more sustainable to produce than cane sugar.

Use: 1-to-1 ratio to table sugar in baked goods.


Dates naturally contain up to 16 grams of sugar and 2 grams of fiber per fruit, plus potassium.

Use: Blend 1 cup pitted dates with ½ cup to 1 cup warm water until smooth and creamy; add a pinch of salt and dash of lemon juice. Usein place of any liquid sweetener.

Raw honey

This honey in its natural form differs from conventional honey in that it’s unpasteurized and unprocessed, retaining beneficial antioxidants.

Use: Whisk into salad dressings, drip into plain Greek yogurt, or spread onto toast. It’s very rich, so use sparingly.

Yacon syrup

This exotic sweetener derives from a South American tuber similar in appearance to jicama. Yacon stores most of its carbohydrates as fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), prebiotic sugars that don’t spike blood sugar levels.

Use: Drizzle yacon syrup into beverages or salad dressings, or use in place of brown sugar.