Corn Syrup has gotten a bad rep for a lot of very good reasons, choose these healthier substitutes for corn syrup to avoid the negative effects.
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I recently received this email request and figured it was the least I could do to round up a few ideas for healthier corn syrup substitutes!
You asked about something we want to healthify… Do you have a replacement for corn syrup so we can make these no-bake cookies with peanut butter and chocolate chips? Because other than the corn syrup, I think they are pretty healthy. Thanks. – Doug of Huntington Beach, CA
I’m on it, Doug!!
As a baker, myself I can see why substituting corn syrup can be a bit trickier – its just not the sugar we are replacing it is the texture and the ability to ward off crystallization when making candies. But don’t fret there are some great corn syrup substitutions to be had!
#1 Agave Nectar: According to most bakers this is your best option, it has a mild neutral flavor like corn syrup and a very similar sweetness level. It also remains liquid at room temperature like corn syrup. It’s a great swap option for pies and sauces, but since their chemical makeups are different this is not the choice if candy making is your game. Agave Nectar can be subbed at a 1-1 ratio.
#2 Brown Rice Syrup: Brown rice syrup is a great substitution for candy makers because it does prevent crystallization. It has a similar consistency to corn syrup but has a nuttier almost like cooked brown rice. So with the flavor profile known it might not be the best fit for some dishes. Brown Rice Syrup can be subbed at a 1-1 ratio
#3 Honey – Honey is my personal favorite for subbing in treats! Check out my Kid Friendly Brown Rice Crispy Treats! I love the flavor of honey and use it any chance I get for all the added health benefits honey provides. That said it doesn’t prevent crystallization as well as corn syrup, so it’s not a great choice for candy makers. If you want a more mild honey flavor stick with a clover or acacia variety. When baking with honey it does also lose its sweetness quite a bit so I would stick with using it for non-baked recipes. Honey can be subbed at a 1-1 ratio
#4 Cane Syrup – Is a Britain pantry stable and has a very similar flavor profile to corn syrup and similar chemical make up which makes it a great substitute for candy makers! Since it also is known to prevent crystallization. It is made from pure cane sugar and has no added preservatives or artificial colors or flavors. Cane Syrup can be subbed at a 1-1 ratio
#5 Pure Maple Syrup – With similar sweetness and consistency – maple syrup can be a great substitution, Maple Syrup holds up well when baking and has a great added flavor. It also has the added benefit of being rich in nutritional goodies including potassium and calcium. Maple syrup also is rich in niacin, B6, and riboflavin. Maple syrup helps boost your immune system. Maple Syrup can be subbed at a 1-1 ratio
There you have it 5 awesome healthier substitutes for corn syrup! Whether agree or disagree with the criticism of corn syrup, it’s a big component in a lot of processed goods. With several negative health concerns, corn syrup should be avoided if at all possible! Please use caution and opt for one of these healthier options!
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions! I would love to help you any way I can! 🙂 – Thanks for reaching out Doug, glad I could help!