Derived from the sap of the agave plant, agave nectar is a natural sweetener that is often touted is a healthier alternative to high fructose corn syrup, table sugar, and honey.

Although just as processed as most sweeteners, agave nectar is infinitely sweeter than most, meaning you need less of it for the same flavor impact; however, this also makes coming up with agave nectar substitutes a little bit difficult. The following items can be used in place of this syrup.

Granulated Sugar and Brown Sugar: When subbing either for a recipe that calls for agave nectar, use one cup of either for every 2/3 cup of agave nectar called for. If baking, you will have to reduce the liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup, as it will lose some of the necessary moisture when subbing a dry sweetener (sugar) for a wet one (agave nectar).

Brown Rice Syrup and Corn Syrup: When using either of these syrups in place of agave nectar, you will need one cup per every half cup of agave you replace. If you are baking, you will need to decrease the other liquids in the recipe by up to 1/2 cup for the best results.

Honey and Maple Syrup: These are the easiest agave nectar substitutions. You can simply replace the nectar with either honey or maple syrup, in the same amount, for the same results.

The truth is, if you ask most nutritionists, no one sweetener is really better for you than another; however, knowing how to substitute any of them for each other can make preparing homemade foods and drinks that much easier. After all, who wants (or needs) 27 different sweeteners on hand? Enjoy!


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