Sunday, November 27, 2011

How to Make Powdered Coconut Sugar



I like to use coconut sugar when making a treat for our family and friends. It has a rich, caramel-like flavor that isn't too sweet. Plus, coconut sugar doesn't have that heart-palpitating affect like cane sugar does. This powdered coconut sugar recipe can be used to make icing for cookies and cakes, or used wherever powdered sugar is called for in a recipe.

Coconut sugar is a low-glycemic granulated sweetener, with an index of 35. Compare that to honey with a glycemic index of 75, cauliflower at 30, lentils at 35, and watermelon at 100.

Coconut sugar comes from the sap of the coconut palm blossoms. It is dried and granulated making it perfect for cooking and baking. Use it to replace any other granulated sweetener in equal amounts. Coconut sugar is dark so keep in mind that it will turn your "white cake" brown. It is best used in chocolate or spiced molasses type treats. Use it in sweet or savory sauces and in marinades. Use it basically anyplace a granulated sugar is called for. Now you can also replace regular powdered cane sugar with coconut sugar using this method.



Powdered Coconut Sugar

Powdered sugar is harder to replace, but you can make your own by grinding granulated coconut sugar in your Vita-Mix or coffee grinder. Please read my Cranberry-Pear Sauce post where I talked about potential gluten cross contamination in some coconut sugar brands before you go out and purchase any coconut sugar.

1 cup coconut sugar
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder

Place the coconut sugar and arrowroot into the dry container of your Vita-Mix. Place the lid on tightly. Start on low speed and gradually work your way up to the highest speed. It will take a few minutes to powder the sugar. You can start and stop the machine if you need to. Just don't open the lid or you will have powdered sugar floating everywhere in the air! The dry container of the Vita-Mix is designed to keep dry ingredients moving and not get hot and cake to the bottom of the container. I don't think the regular liquid container would work for this recipe but you could try it.

Keep blending the sugar until it is all powdered and light brown in color. Keep the lid on for a few minutes to let it settle to the bottom. Then place into a glass jar and cover tightly with a lid. Store it in your pantry until ready to use. Source: www.NourishingMeals.com

Use powdered coconut sugar to make icing for cookies!
The above photo of gluten-free gingerbread cookies is a recipe that will be coming soon. So stay tuned! If you do not own a Vita-Mix and have been thinking about getting one, the Super Package which includes the dry container is on sale now (11/28) on the Vita-Mix website!

Other recipes using coconut sugar:
Coconut Sugar Apple Crisp
Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
Vegan Corn Muffins


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21 comments:

  1. Hi Ali,
    Just wondering if this could be done using palm sugar? I'm guessing yes? I have a bunch of that on hand, and I love this idea because I cringe every time that I have to purchase powdered sugar! Thanks!

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  2. YAY! A powdered sugar I can feel good about using! Thanks, Ali! Just in time for all the holiday baking!!

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  3. Great post, Ali. Love the idea of a healthy powdered sugar! You also convinced me that I needed the dry container for my VitaMix. I just ordered through your link. I'm way too impulsive when it comes to books or kitchen gadgets. You made it too easy! =)
    Melissa

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  4. I am SO excited to learn this!! I have a VitaMix dry blade container but don't often have the chance to use it to its full potential.
    @Karin-I believe palm sugar is the same thing as coconut sugar, just with a different name.

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    1. Not sure about that .. it can be date palm sugar.

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  5. Oh my, that looks so good!! Sophie would love it. I wish I could find some coconut sugar that isn't processed in a facility with tree-nuts, though. I haven't found any yet.

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  6. @Lori, thanks! I always confuse palm sugar and date sugar, lol!

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  7. These look so yummy, Ali! Sadly I am allergic to hazelnuts - do you think ground almonds or sunflower seeds would work? Thanks! P.S. I absolutely LOVE all of your recipes and have been cooking dinners almost exclusively from your cookbook! When is your new cookbook due out? I can't wait!

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  8. thank you! I'm thrilled to try this idea!

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  9. Thank you for the idea of blending the sugar. I've been using it for awhile but I hadn't not tried to .blend it

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  10. Thank you so much! My kids will be eating these at their school party instead of gluten filled donuts! I was looking for a great substitute! They will be thrilled!

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  11. findleyr47@yahoo.comDecember 3, 2011 at 2:18 AM

    I realize now, after feeling terrible for a long time, that I cannot eat wheat containing foods or dairy. Thanks for sharing yor recipes and other links that we can go to for helpful info. Findleyr47@yahoo.com

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  12. Thank you for sharing this! The one thing my daughter was missing this year was gingerbread. I have been coming up with 'glop' trying to create something healthy. It is as you say, still a sweet treat, but definitely better with the hazlenut as flour.

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  13. i don't have a vitamix or a coffee grinder - any tips for how to accomplish this low budget? would a hang coffee grinder work?

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  14. DO NOT BUY COCONUT SUGAR!!!
    COCONUT SUGAR=NO COCONUT PRODUCTS WHATSOEVER!!!

    What no one is warning consumers about is that coconut palm trees are meant to produce coconuts, not sugar! When the sap used to make coconut palm sugar is collected from the coconut palm tree, from the flower bud that will eventually form a coconut, that tree can no longer produce coconuts! Think about that for a minute. No coconuts = no coconut oil, no dried coconut, no coconut flour. Is coconut sugar worth giving up these other valued products that come from the coconut??

    READ MORE ON THIS SITE!

    http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/coconut_palm_sugar.htm

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  15. Anon - I read that article back when it first came out. I did a lot of research on this before I started promoting it. I now question the integrity of that company as I could not find anything to back it up. Coconut palms grow everywhere in the tropics. I don't think we will ever have a shortage of coconuts or coconut oil.

    Here is a link that gives some good facts about coconut oil and sap production and the sustainability of both: http://www.coconutsecret.com/sap%20vs.oil%20production.html

    Hope this helps!

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  16. Great idea! Do you think this would work in a regular blender? I don't have a vitamix.
    Thanks

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  17. Is coconut sugar allowed in Phase 1 of the elimination diet?

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  18. Coconut trees are abundant and require no maintenance...there is no likelihood of a shortage real soon.

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  19. So this would take place of white powd. sugar correct? If so then im doing this as I just got MADHAVA coc. sugar at a great price at WHOLE FOODS 3.49 # and I also like that you dont have to use B.S.for pow sug. arrowroot is much beter and great for gravies and soups. TKS

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