Sucanat a natural sweetener that is dehydrated, freshly squeezed sugar cane juice. The sugar cane is hand-cut and crushed to squeeze out the juice. The juice is heated to reduce it to a thick syrup, which is stirred by hand to create the Sucanat granules. All the sugar cane’s molasses is locked in, giving it a rich distinctive taste. It has 4 grams of sugar, and 15 calories in a teaspoon just like white table sugar.
I prefer using Sucanat as it ranks one of the highest in nutritional values compared to sugars derived from sugar cane. Sucanat also contains a smaller proportion of sucrose than white cane sugar. I find this is the best alternative to refined white sugar and brown sugars. In your recipes use this sweetener as an equal exchange in measurement. I am happy to report, to make Sucanat the sugar cane is “green cut”, which means the fields are not burned. Instead, the leaves and tops of the cane plant are left in the field as a renewable nutrient source for the soil and as a natural form of weed control.
If you are wondering how the name Sucanat came about it stands for SUgar CAne NATural. I have used this natural sweetener on top of my Breakfast Muffins (click here for recipe!) and my Healified Granola (click here for recipe!).