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Perhaps you’re wondering, 1 tablespoon of honey equals how much sugar? This Exact Conversion Chart of Sugar to Honey When Baking helps you to switch to a healthier way of eating. Bake with ease, using old recipes — but honey in place of sugar!
The first major step many of us take toward wellness is eliminating sugar. In my own health journey, I clung to sugar for as long as I could — lots and lots of ice cream. I had a rash on my face that many of our customers remember. When my skin issue resolved, I got comments occasionally (that made me laugh inside), “I haven’t seen you in so long. Your skin looks so good.” Ha, ha, ha. Apparently my rash was rather noticeable.
Is sugar bad for you
When I finally released my grip and eliminated sugar, my rash went away immediately. I am sad to think how many people go to dermatologists (and receive pharmaceutical or steroidal topical creams) for skin issues when diet will often heal a variety of rashes (including my daughter’s eczema) — and begin to heal the root cause.
What are the health benefits of cutting out sugar
What else went away immediately upon eliminating sugar from my diet?
Arthritis! It started in my 30s. I’d wake up with my fingers bent and crooked. I couldn’t straighten them, and they were painful to touch.
Although I had this symptom for over a year before giving up sugar, it was completely gone, never to return, upon eliminating sugar.
There were other issues that resolved as well, including candida overgrowth.
Other reported benefits include:
- increased energy
- better mood, clarity and focus
- reversal of all kinds of inflammation issues (including autoimmune disease symptoms, anxiety, brain fog, joint pain, bunion pain, gum disease, puffy skin, allergies, skin issues, digestive problems and more)
- improved weight management
Learn more details here about why white sugar is bad for you.
And use the Exact Conversion Chart of Sugar to Honey to begin making changes when you bake!
What kind of sugar is best
For those who are healthy and symptom-free, sugar is still something to enjoy in moderation. Substituting in whole food alternatives is healthful for everyone.
If you continue to have sugar in your diet, just make sure it’s organic evaporated cane juice or unrefined Sucanat (not white sugar like C&H). These are less refined, more natural forms of sugar and are not genetically modified.
One way to eliminate, or reduce sugar intake, is to substitute in honey. If you have old favorite recipes you’d like to convert, below are guidelines and a helpful chart!
And here’s How to Convert Any Recipe to Paleo (which means refined sugar-free and grain-free as well).
Exact Conversion Chart of Sugar to Honey
HOW TO SUB HONEY WHEN BAKING
When baking with honey, there are a few characteristics that make it different than baking with sugar.
Here are the 3 main differences:
- Honey browns more quickly in the oven or even in the frying pan (like with pancakes). The solution is baking honey-sweetened batters at a lower temperature.
- Honey is heavier, denser and wetter than sugar. Increasing the quantity of leavening just slightly helps to counteract this.
- Honey is sweeter than sugar AND has a stronger flavor. Decreasing the amount of honey in a recipe that originally called for sugar will prevent your baked good from being too sweet or tasting too strongly of honey, which doesn’t allow other flavors to come through.
Below are the conversions to help you make adjustments. As you’ll notice, there is also the instruction of potentially reducing the liquid in a recipe. This refers to pancake-like recipes that often call for milk. Because honey makes baked goods wetter, it is helpful to reduce milk or other liquid ingredients to compensate.
Honey as a substitute for sugar when not baking
Back to a common question that comes up when sweetening liquids or single servings: 1 teaspoon or tablespoon of sugar equals how much honey?
When you’re making liquid recipes like sweet tea or lemonade, how do you convert sugar to honey?
First ask yourself if you want to taste the flavor of honey. If you do, you may substitute honey for sugar 1:1.
If you don’t want to taste the honey as much, but you want it just as sweet, I recommend using one other sweetener in conjunction with honey.
Liquid examples include: liquid stevia drops (for low carb or blood sugar issues), maple syrup, agave syrup and brown rice syrup. Granulated options include: stevia and monk fruit (for low carb or blood sugar issues), maple sugar and coconut sugar.
Other low carb options include erythritol, allulose and xylitol. (But these products cause IBS symptoms for some people.)
If you’re trying to cultivate a taste for foods and drinks that are less sweet, experiment with quantities, based on the size of the overall recipe. For one mug or glass, decrease the sweetener by 1/2 to 1 teaspoon. For a full pitcher of liquid, convert 1/2 cup sugar to 1/4 or 1/3 cup honey, and taste.
Honey as a substitute in small recipes (like mug cakes)
To convert smaller portions of sweetener in baked goods, like individual mug cakes, use slightly more than 3/4 the amount of honey as you would sugar, or decrease by 1 to 2 teaspoons.
So if the recipe calls for 2 Tablespoons of sugar, use 4 to 5 teaspoons of honey, depending on how sweet you want the cake. If you want the cake just as sweet, use 5 teaspoons.
Keep the rest of the recipe the same.
The conversion chart for usual size recipes below is printable! 🙂
EXACT CONVERSION CHART: Sugar –> Honey When Baking!
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- ¼ cup sugar—> 3 Tablespoons honey
- ⅓ cup sugar—> 3 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon honey
- ½ cup sugar—> ⅓ cup honey , add ¼ teaspoon baking soda, reduce potential liquid by 1 Tablespoon
- 1 cup sugar—> ¾ cup honey , add ½ teaspoon baking soda, reduce potential liquid by 2 Tablespoons
- 2 cups sugar—> 1 cup + 6 Tablespoons honey , add 1 teaspoon baking soda, reduce potential liquid by ¼ cup
- Reduce oven temperature by 25 degrees.
Pin for easy reference Exact Conversion Chart of Sugar to Honey:
Here’s a link to my cookbook and videos. The cookbook is called EAT BEAUTIFUL: Grain-free, Sugar-free and Loving It and has lots of honey-sweetened recipes!