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Try this sugar free brown sugar recipe that comes together in minutes! This low carb brown sugar alternative is perfect for low carb baking, THM treats, and even keto goodies.
If you’ve gone from eating your favorite, regular comfort foods to a low carb lifestyle, chances are you’ve missed brown sugar and the flavor and texture it adds to your baked goods. After all, nothing flavors chocolate chip cookies (or pecan pie or even traditional BBQ) quite like it!
Brown sugar gets its flavor from the molasses that is still a part of it. Unlike white sugar, it’s not been completely refined and that small percentage of molasses leaves a richer, smokier flavor than plain sugar. Sadly, though, it’s still sure to spike your blood sugar and add up to major carbs in a recipe.
What’s a trim healthy, low carb loving lady to do?
Is There A Brown Sugar Substitute?
The good news is that there is a sugar free brown sugar substitute available…and you can make it at home in minutes!
By using the sugar free sugar alternatives you already have on hand and some blackstrap molasses, you can have a brown sugar substitute perfect for low carb baking, THM sauces, or any other recipe you’ve been wanting to make.
How To Make Low Carb Sugar Free Brown Sugar
You’re not going to believe how simple this is, either. To make your low carb, sugar free brown sugar alternative all you do is combine your sugar free sweeteners and some blackstrap molasses.
While there are several low carb brown sugar substitutes available these days, this low carb brown sugar recipe alternative is my favorite for baking because it uses a blend of low carb sweeteners for the most authentic flavor.
All you do is combine xylitol, erythritol, and pure stevia extract together in a large bowl and mix them together well. Next, use a fork to mix in the blackstrap molasses. Make sure you mix it thoroughly so there’s no clumping and it’s a lovely golden brown color.
Voila! You’ve got yourself some deliciously sweet sugar free brown sugar to use without the carbs.
Are there carbs in this brown sugar alternative recipe?
Yes, but it’s a negligible amount. Like barely there.
1 teaspoon of blackstrap molasses has 13 grams of carbohydrates in it. However, spread over the entire recipe, that is only 1/2 carb per 2 TB serving of your sugar free brown sugar substitute.
As you can see, this is a low carb, keto friendly option that will give you brown sugar flavor and texture without the high glycemic impact of traditional store-bought brown sugar.
There are only .15 grams of sugar per serving as well, so it is still a great option!
What are the best ingredients for low carb brown sugar?
As stated, to make this low carb sugar free brown sugar recipe at home, you need xylitol, erythritol, stevia, and blackstrap molasses. However, there are lots of options for those ingredients and some are better than others.
The best prices on both xylitol and erythritol can be found on Amazon. (See the recipe card below for links to the products I use.) They have a great flavor and a fabulous price point, so going with them is a win/win.
When it comes to pure stevia extract, the choices may seem overwhelming…but not all choices are created equal.
The best flavor I’ve found yet is the Trim Healthy Mama pure stevia extract powder. It has zero aftertaste. None. While there are other options, this is the one I strongly recommend because it gives the best flavor.
Using Your Brown Sugar Alternative In Recipes
You can make this up as needed, or make a batch in advance and keep it in a mason jar in your cabinet. It’s so easy to make up that there’s no need to make up a ton and have it at the ready, but it’s nice to have on hand for a quick recipe if you need it.
It’s also delicious stirred into a cup of coffee as an occasional treat (you’re welcome!).
But my all time favorite way to use this sugar free brown sugar? Chocolate Chip Cookies. The brown sugar substitute gives such a great flavor and texture to them that traditional sugar substitutes fall short of.
Converting Regular Recipes To Low Carb With Brown Sugar
If you have a regular recipe and you just want to switch out the regular brown sugar for your homemade sugar free brown sugar, you’re not going to do it equally. I repeat, do not just swap them out, cup for cup.
It’s best to start with just a little more than half of what the recipe calls for, taste test it, and tweak from there. This homemade brown sugar alternative is a bit sweeter and you may not need as much.
Recipes With Brown Sugar Alternative
Now that you have a low carb brown sugar on hand, you’re probably eager to get using it! Here are some fabulous recipes to try:
- Low Carb Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Sugar Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Creamy Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal (oh my word, this brown sugar is awesome on oatmeal if you’re a THM!)
- Coconut Flour Porridge
- Homemade BBQ Sauce
- THM Baked Beans
- Chipotle Bacon Wrapped Chicken
- Mix Xylitol, Erythritol, and Stevia together in a large bowl.
- Add Molasses and stir well, using a fork to blend the molasses into the granulated sweetener until there are no lumps. (This should turn the granulated sweetener a lovely golden brown color.)
There are 13 carbs in the 1 teaspoon of Blackstrap Molasses. Spread out over the entire recipe, that adds only 0.5 gram of carbs to each serving (2 Tablespoons). This is a very negligible amount.
I do realize that technically this recipe is not completely "sugar free." The 1 teaspoon of unusulphered blackstrap molasses adds 0.15 grams of sugar per 2 Tablespoons.
PLEASE NOTE: Xylitol is extremely dangerous to dogs, so please use caution.
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Serving Size2 Tablespoons
Amount Per Serving Calories 23Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 16 - 16 grams of sugar alcohols = 0 net carbsgFiber 0gSugar 0.15gProtein 0g