All About Coconut Sugar

For those who may be new to our site, we’ve been sharing posts entirely devoted to specific healthy sugar alternatives. We want these sweeteners to seem accessible and not totally scary or unknown! We have covered a few natural sweeteners in the past that can be found in our Natural Sweetener Guide (the title of the sweetener that has been covered in it’s own post will link to the post).

Coconut Sugar Recipes


What is Coconut Sugar?

Coconut sugar is made from the flowers of the coconut tree. Coconut sugar can be called by two names, coconut sugar or coconut palm sugar. In addition to that, there is a product called Palm Sugar which is a very popular in Asian cuisine. Coconut palm sugar is the most common name used by US companies. We have used products that use both names of  “coconut sugar” or “coconut palm sugar” in their titles.

The first question you might have about coconut sugar is “does it taste like coconut?” The answer is a big fat “NO”. Coconut sugar does not taste, smell or look like coconut at all! In the above picture, you might find it has a similar appearance to brown sugar, because of it’s rich brown color. It can clump together and has a sweet scent similar to brown sugar. For this reason, coconut sugar has become a favorite sweetener! Especially for it’s nice sweet caramal-y flavor to baked goodies.

Why Coconut Sugar is Healthy

Coconut sugar is a whole, pure and completely natural sugar. It doesn’t through the extensive refining process as sugar does, so it is a whole, pure food. It will not give you sugar high’s and low’s and won’t make you feel sluggish or bloated. It’s naturally full of vitamins and minerals like amino acids, potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc and is a completely safe as a diabetic sugar substitute. Coconut sugar has a low glycemic index (35), making it safe and convenient for any one concerned with blood sugar levels. Not all natural sweeteners are perfect for those who are concerned with this, but coconut sugar is one that is safe!

Why We Love Coconut Sugar

Aside from the health benefits, we love coconut sugar because it tastes good! It’s doesn’t taste like coconut sugar, despite the name! Coconut sugar is a great sugar alternative for many reasons. It bakes very well (similar to sugar) and helps give an amazing texture to all our favorite dishes! It caramelizes like sugar, thus making great brownies or chewy cookies. It’s substituted for sugar 1 to 1 and it mimics the taste of brown sugar. This flavor combines so well with chocolate for healthy Nutella or almond for almond cookies.  It’s sweet enough to replace regular white sugar in, but healthy enough to call it a “whole nutrient rich” food.  Coconut sugar is so amazing, even Dr. Oz loves it!

How to Use Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar is a wonderful natural sweetener that can be used in many ways!
Because of coconut sugar’s properties, it’s the perfect natural sweetener for baking and cooking. Here are some of our favorites:

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

healthy peanut butter sandwich cookies


Baked Sweet Potato Fries

healthy sweet potato fries Coconut Sugar Recipe


Martha Stewart’s Chocolate Creme Brulee

martha stewart creme brulee Coconut Sugar Recipe


Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Vegan peanut butter chocolate cupcakes- coconut sugar cupcakes

Coconut sugar is great for lots of different dishes, but it’s not perfect for everything. It’s color and flavor is not ideal for every dessert you make. We don’t use coconut sugar in white, light or delicate flavored treats like whipped cream or white frosting. So sometimes we combine coconut sugar with other sweeteners to achieve the look and taste we want!

Mini Donut Hole Muffins

Healthy Donut Hole Muffins

Peanut Butter Fudge Caramel Pretzel Candy Bars

peanut butter chocolate fudge pretzel bars


 Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies


Mint Brownies

About Coconut Sugar - Coconut Sweetened Recipes

Where to Buy Coconut Sugar

The best place to find coconut sugar is either at local health food stores (sometimes they go on sale for great deals) or online! We love buying coconut sugar through The products we often purchase are shown in our amazon products list on our blogs sidebar. You can always subscribe to items through, helping to save a little money. You can also check out health food sections in any regular grocery store. We also just discovered that you can buy coconut sugar at Costco! If you would like to try out this natural sweetener but don’t want to commit to the cost, split it between you and a few friends. You won’t regret the price nor the delicious health benefits and you’ll be helping to share a healthy sugar substitute with your friends!

Questions: Have you tried coconut sugar before? What do you love about it?


  1. Sarah says

    We love coconut sugar because it tastes so similar to white sugar. We use it in almost everything, from pancakes to cookies to cakes. I love how it is a natural sweetener and does not cause all that ‘hyperness’ after eating desserts containing it.

  2. says

    Thanks for the big shout out for coconut sugar! You know, that I love to use this coconut sugar a lot & now, we also can buy powdered coconut sugar, it is sometimes more easy to use! :) Check it out in your food health stores!

  3. Angie says

    We love coconut sugar! My husband really loves its flavor in cinnamon or coffee treats. SOooo good! We love your caramel popcorn too!!

  4. Aniqa says

    I just bought some from Walmart!!! Go Walmart! Who knows, maybe we might getting gmo labeling…Walmart can surprise you, you know! Not

  5. Whitney says

    I get it at Trader Joes (we just got one here in Baton Rouge). I just finished baking our Thanksgiving pecan pies using it in place of the regular sugar. I found the syrup with no fructose too. Feeling much better about eating some this year!

  6. Joan Sanford says

    I tried making orange marmalade using partially regular sugar and a smaller amount of coconut sugar. It did not jell. Why? Should have checked first but can’t find a source.

    • says

      It’s hard to say why it didn’t jell when we haven’t seen the recipe or what method you used. In all of our experiences with coconut sugar, it is one of the few sweeteners that reacts like sugar. It caramelizes and thickens, so we use it many, many recipes. Something else may have gone wrong with the orange marmalade – especially if a large portion of it was with regular sugar. We do know of people having success with honey in jams and marmalades. You may just want to try the marmalade out again. It sounds like a delicious experiment! :)

  7. Hope says

    I have been browsing through the recipes. Lots of them call for pink salt. Does it have to be pink salt, or can you use regular iodized salt?

    • says

      Hi Hope, you can use any salt you would like. We prefer pink salt or a good sea salt because they are high in trace minerals. If you don’t want to use a sea salt, I would suggest kosher salt. Thanks!

  8. Angelique says

    I was wondering if you could use coconut sugar like white sugar in making snow cone syrup. A basic snow cone syrup uses 2 cups white sugar, 1 cup water, and flavoring. We have recently gone healthy and I was hoping I could still make a syrup using coconut sugar, water, and maybe some food grade Essential Oils or some pureed fresh fruit or something for flavor…but I don’t know if that would work so well. I could use the powder form of stevia, but that would be really expensive. Any thoughts?

    • says

      Hello! I do think coconut sugar would work fine in a snow cone syrup, but it would highly depend on the flavor that you’re looking for. Coconut sugar does yield a stronger brown sugar flavor that wouldn’t be conducive to most fruit flavors. We’ve found the best (and easiest) substitute for snow cones are using fresh fruit juice. We shared how we like to make them here:

      If you are really just wanting a syrup, I would probably use honey or agave, since those sweeteners can be cooked and heated similarly to sugar and you can add other flavors to it. I hope that helps you! Good for you for making some healthy changes!

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