Coconut Sugar Simple Syrup – RSF

Coconut sugar simple syrup
Coconut sugar simple syrup

When making ACD, low carb, or paleo desserts, the dilemma is always which sweetener to use. Many baking recipes call for agave or honey which have a myriad of dietary problems associated with them. They’re both high-glycemic and honey isn’t vegan.

Substitution Quandary

What can you substitute without wrecking the recipe? The liquid nature of agave and honey is built into the recipe. If you substitute a dry sweetener, you risk creating something inedible.

What if there was a foolproof way to substitute coconut sugar in your baking recipes. I looked at simple syrup for the answer. It’s just one cup each of water and white granulated sugar. Heat it on the stove until the sugar dissolves and you’re done.

Substitution Solution

Could it be this simple for coconut sugar? Yes it is! Just like my recipe for coconut ghee, it’s so simple I can’t believe I didn’t think of it years ago!

In case you missed it, the coconut sugar simple syrup recipe is:


  • 1 cup of coconut sugar
  • 1 cup of filtered water


Heat on stove until sugar dissolves. Yield: 1 cup

Frozen simple syrup is slushy and syrupy
Frozen simple syrup is slushy and syrupy.

I store my simple syrup in the freezer (due to the mold allergy). It stays in a very thick syrupy consistency. So it’s completely scoopable straight from the freezer.

Uses for Coconut Sugar Simple Syrup

  • It dissolves easily in cold liquids. I use it in my smoothies.
  • It can be used 1:1 substitute in any baking recipe that calls for agave syrup or honey.
  • It can be used instead of agave or honey in ice cream recipes like the party balls or the lemon ice cream sandwiches. I have tested my ice cream base recipe and it works beutifully!

The only downside to the coconut sugar simple syrup is that it’s dark brown. It will be noticeable in a light-colored product. However, if you cook with anything other than white sugar, you’re probably over that tiny flaw just as much as I am! It’s part of the non-processed food lifestyle.

Note: I want to thank my readers for starting me down this path. I was asked about substituting a lower glycemic sweetener for honey/agave syrup and this is what I came up with. So bring on your tough questions. I love a good challenge!

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35 Responses to Coconut Sugar Simple Syrup – RSF

  1. Peggy says:

    I LOVE this idea! So, do you cook it until it is thick like honey/agave? And then freeze it?

    • Mine didn’t get as thick as honey or agave but you could certainly reduce it more if you like. With a yield of 1 cup, I know there was some reduction but it’s still on the thin side.

  2. Melanie says:

    Thank you for sharing your recipe for the Coconut Sugar Simple Syrup at the Caffeinated Crafters Link Party! Have a great week!

  3. Therese says:

    Thanks for the great tip. I can buy coconut syrup at the health food store as the sugar is the cyrstalised syrup but so I figured you should be able to make it by adding water. Will give this a try when in pinch.

  4. Great idea. We do simple sugar a lot for drinks, but coconut sugar is an awesome idea.

  5. Interesting! When I’m done this sugar detox, I’m going to try this.

  6. What a fabulous idea! I’ve used both honey and agave for more healthy recipes and I’ve never tried coconut sugar. I will be looking for it next time I go to the store so I can try this. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Thx for linking up your coconut simple syrup recipe over at the thoughtful spot! Hope to see you back again soon!

  8. Cheryl says:

    What an awesome answer to a tough question! It’s so cool that you listened to your readers and found a solution. Thanks so much for being a part of TYSH recipe link party! I hope you’ll join us to #stoptheyuck again next week. HUGS

  9. Thank you so much for sharing all this terrific information. I use coconut sugar often especially in chocolate cookies and cake and I’ve made powdered coconut sugar which is also great for chocolate truffles. I’m so excited to make coconut sugar simple syrup especially since I try to avoid granulated sugar. Thank you for sharing this with Foodie Friends Friday party this week. I’ve pinned and shared.

  10. Claire says:

    Great idea, love the sound of this 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays

  11. Marla says:

    thanks for the great tip and sharing on Real Food Fridays. I twitted & pinned.

  12. Michelle says:

    You nailed the challenge, Jillian! Thank you for linking this week. Your Coconut Sugar Simple Syrup was one of the top-viewed links.

  13. swathi says:

    That is healthy simple syrup, I haven’t used coconut sugar yet. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning.

  14. This is such a great idea for a healthier sugar option. I am always on the hunt for low-glycemic options. Thanks for sharing this with us at Healthy Vegan Fridays =) I have pinned this recipe to our Pinterest Board.

  15. I’ve never used coconut sugar, I think I’ll have to remedy that very soon ;-). I can’t wait to see what you share with us this week at Simple Lives Thurday. Thanks for being part of our community.

  16. Miz Helen says:

    What a great Syrup, this would be great. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  18. Diane Balch says:

    This is very new to me. Thanks for sharing it with us on Foodie Friday.

  19. Lisa says:

    I have never tried anything like this before. Thanks for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” Hope you can join us again this week.

  20. Stephanie says:

    Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  21. What a ridiculously brilliant idea! I am pinning this right away. Thanks for linking up at Simple Meals Friday!

  22. That looks delicious. Thanks for the submission to the HomeAcre hop. Feel free to stop by at or another one of the hosts to submit another this week!

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  25. I love making my own simple syrups and this one will be on my list to make. Thanks for linking it up to last week’s Foodie Friends Friday and I want to let you know that this recipe is my host favorite and featured on my blog with this week’s party. I hope you will join us again this week.

  26. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you share this week! Its LIVE!


  27. Hi Jillian,
    What a sweet solution! I use Coconut Palm Sugar as a sweetener so I am delighted that you shared this very useful recipe for Coconut Sugar Simple Syrup at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I can’t wait to try it!

  28. Angelique says:

    I want a snow cone syrup recipe for my kiddos. We live in hot FL and snow cones was a staple in the summer, but since we have gone gluten free and low sugar, we can’t use a normal syrup (2 cups white sugar, 1 cup water, and Kool-aid packet). So, I thought I could just substitute the coconut sugar for the white sugar and use natural flavorings like lemon, raspberry, vanilla, etc. We don’t need the dyes from Kool aid for color (not as fun, but healthier). Will this work? Don’t want to waste the sugar if it isn’t going to work out…and any ideas on how to get the flavorings? Thanks.

    • It will definitely make a sweet, brown snow cone. Remember that the color is going to be brown no matter what flavor you make. The kids might not go for that. But, I think the vanilla would be a good flavor. I make vanilla sugar by placing a scraped vanilla bean in coconut sugar. You could try that for a natural flavor.

      For the citrus flavors, think about subbing the juice for the water when making the sugar syrup. I would also add the zest of the citrus at the last moment for maximum flavor. Let me know how it turns out!

  29. Keely says:

    Hello! Have you tried this in sorbet? I would like to try making my own given I am removing dairy from my diet. Thank you for the great recipe!

    • Thanks! I haven’t tried sorbet but I did use it for coconut milk ice cream. You might have to do some trial and error to find the right ratio of coconut sugar to water. The amount of sugar impacts the creaminess of the ice cream. However, I think pineapple sorbet would be delicious with coconut sugar. Yum!

      If you make sorbet, come back and let us know how it turned out!

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