3 Reasons to Substitute Sugar for Honey this Thanksgiving and Recipes to Help You Do It!
October 08, 2020
Making healthy choices over the holidays can be a challenge, but it is possible to enjoy your favorite Thanksgiving dishes in a healthier way without compromising taste. Honey is a simple substitute for refined sugar that will not only bring more richness and depth to your dish, but it will keep you feeling healthier over the holidays. It’s true! Not only does honey enhance the flavor of your dish, but the natural properties in honey contain multiple added health benefits.
First off, honey is absorbed into the body slower than refined sugar which means it has a lower glycemic index. This slower absorption rate gives you longer lasting energy and less of a blood sugar spike,which is easier on your body and digestive system. Honey also contains vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, folate, Vitamin B5, calcium, zinc, iron just to name a few. Whereas sugar doesn’t contain any of these vitamin benefits! Finally, bees themselves add to the health properties in honey. Bees depositan array of beneficial probiotics, making honey a possible digestive aid. We could go on, but you get the idea. When it comes to health, honey wins every time.
So you’ve decided to try substituting Honey for sugar. Yay! Here’s how to do it successfully.
If you are using honey as a substitute in baking, there are a couple of tips to keep in mind. Try using a lighter honey, since the strong flavour in dark honey can alter the flavour of your baked goods. In addition, the natural sugars in honey caramelize quicker than sugar, so be sure to lower the oven temperature down by 25 degree to avoid overbaking. Happy Baking!
Here is a honey to sugar conversion chart to reference when cooking or baking with honey.
Since honey is naturally sweeter and contains more liquid than sugar, a one-for-one replacement won’t do. Make sure to reference the conversion chart below when substituting:
If the above chart is a little daunting, not to worry because we’ve included some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes that have already done the work for you! Follow these recipes and enjoy a honey sweet Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving Canada!
1/4 cup orange juice freshly squeezed from 1 large orange
1 tsp orange zest lightly packed, from the same orange*
1 cinnamon stick
12 oz cranberries fresh or frozen
In a medium saucepan, combine 2/3 cup honey, 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup orange juice, 1 tsp orange zest and 1 cinnamon stick. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring to dissolve honey.
Add 12 oz cranberries and bring to a boil. Once boiling, adjust heat to keep at a low boil and cook 10 minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally. Cranberries will burst and sauce will begin to thicken. A minute or so before turning off the heat, taste for sweetness and add more honey to taste for a sweeter sauce. Keep in mind the sauce will thicken when it cools.
Remove from heat, discard cinnamon stick and cool cranberry sauce to room temperature then refrigerate until ready to serve.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Recipe credit: the Food Network
3 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 5 medium), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mist an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a pot with a large steamer basket in place. Put the sweet potatoes in the basket, cover and steam until tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl and let cool slightly. Add the honey, egg, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, the nutmeg, ginger and 1/2 teaspoon salt; whip with an electric mixer until smooth. Spread the sweet potato mixture in the prepared baking dish.
Mix the brown sugar, pecans and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl; sprinkle over the potatoes. Bake until hot and beginning to brown around the edges, 40 to 45 minutes.
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