Baking Substitutions

brown sugar

To make a brown sugar replacement, you can add 2 teaspoons of molasses per 1 cup of Zsweet® natural sweetener. You can increase the ratio of molasses to Zsweet® if you are making a dark brown sugar substitute. Those trying to reduce added sugars in their diets should be aware that molasses contains a measure of sugar on its own (approximately 3.3 grams of sugar per teaspoon). [Organic unsulphured blackstrap molasses (stronger flavor) contains approximately 20 calories and 4.3 grams of sugar per teaspoon. However, it's a great source of potassium (243 mg/teaspoon), iron (20% daily value), vitamin B6 (10% daily value), calcium (8% daily value), and magnesium (8% daily value). ]

Directions: Add granulated Zsweet® to a small or medium bowl. Slowly add the molasses on top of the Zsweet®, and mash with a fork. Blend and mash until there are no chunks left and you have an even mixture that resembles brown sugar that is slightly sticky.


flax egg: 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal plus 2-1/2 tablespoons water. Stir, and let sit for 5 minutes to thicken.

aquafaba egg: Aquafaba is the liquid in cans of garbanzo beans. See "All About Aquafaba" at


Yield: 1 cup (240 ml) of buttermilk substitute.

Directions: 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar or 1-3/4 tablespoons cream of tartar. Add enough soymilk or other plant-based milk to make 1 cup (240 ml). Let mixture stand 5-10 minutes. Take the recipe into account when deciding which ingredients to use to get the best flavor and result.

pumpkin pie spice

If you don’t have the ready-made pumpkin pie spice blend, you can substitute by blending together:
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice

sugar-free powdered sugar

  • 1 cup Zsweet® natural sweetener
  • 1-2 teaspoons cornstarch to prevent clumping when stored (optional)
Directions: Whir the ingredients in a blender or Vitamix. It’ll smoke a little, but that’s okay. You should have powdered sugar in a matter of seconds! Store in a covered container in the pantry, just as you’d store regular powdered sugar.

Or you can just purchase pre-made powdered Zsweet®.

Tabasco sauce

  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less, depending on volume of recipe and taste preferences)
  • 1-2 sprays vinegar (more or less, depending on volume of recipe and taste preferences)

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