I rarely sugar my coffee in the morning. I don’t have an incredible sweet tooth first thing in the morning, but there are occasions when I want a little more than milk in my coffee. Here is my list of the top 3 sugar sweetener alternatives that I love to use.
I love Sugar in the Raw. It comes in little brown packets, and is real sugar, it just hasn’t been bleached or over-processed. As a result, the little packet pours out larger crystals that are brown like molasses, and are in a pure sugar cane form. I love Sugar in the Raw because it has a molasses taste to it, almost like a syrup, and is healthier than sugar since it isn’t all processed. The flavor is very complimentary in coffee and tea and has a lightly sweet taste to it, almost like a syrupy. honey taste. Simply yummy and a fun alternative to regular white sugar. You can find it in the baking aisle.
Honey as a sweetener is perhaps one of the most healthiest ways you can substitute your sugar in your hot beverages. Honey is an age-old cure all, and its distinct flavor is actually truly tasty in coffee. We all know it’s awesome in tea, but I truly love it in coffee as well. It gives a slight honey taste to your brew, and I personally enjoy it. Mixed with your low fat milk or any milk or cream, honey almost gives off a nutty creamy taste to me. It’s my very favorite sweetener for coffee because it makes my brew taste like it’s a flavored coffee rather than coffee with sweetener in it.
Agave Nectar. I heard it was a good sugar substitute and you could even cook with it, so I decided to give it a try and was really impressed. It’s a but hard to find (I actually found a can of it in the Hispanic Foods aisle, so you have to really look around for it), but a great alternative to sugar. It’s syrupy and about a half teaspoon is all you need. It is WAY sweeter than sugar, almost like melted sugar on overdrive, so you don’t need much. It mixes well and tastes great in coffee and tea. Just make sure you stir it in so you don’t have the syrup all over the bottom of the cup. I really like this in tea particularly.
I really try to stay away from artificial sweeteners, what I like to call “chemical sugars”, but if I had to use one I would go with Splenda. All the others, like Equal and Sweet-n-low, just taste bitter to me like I’ve poured fingernail polish remover in my coffee. Splenda is just the best flavor out of the fake sugars, but I would only choose it if I had to. At least it isn’t so bitter in my coffee, and you can cook with it, but it is certainly not my top choice.
Best choice? Honey- try it. You will not be disappointed. With the natural healing properties honey has as a natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory for your body, it is of the healthiest sweeteners you can put in your coffee, and has a truly unique flavor.