SUBSTITUTIONS: Agave Agave nectar is extracted from several species of the agave plant. It has about 60 calories per tablespoon. F�ui� Fruit adds vitamins and minerals, as well as natural sweetness. Try unsweetened applesauce, pureed ripe bananas, dates, or figs. Pureed fruit • Substitute 1:1 for sugar. • Reduce the liquid in the recipe by ¼ cup for every 1 cup of puree used. Maple syrup, agave, or honey • Use ⅔ cup for every 1 cup of sugar. • Reduce the liquid in the recipe by ¼ cup. • Lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees. • For honey, add ¼ tsp. baking soda for every cup used. Coconut sugar • Substitute 1:1 for sugar or brown sugar. While cutting back on sugar in any form is a good idea, it’s also smart to look beyond refined cane sugar and its empty calories to natural alternatives that retain some nutrients. Some are sweet enough that you need less than regular sugar. Some simply taste better than regular sugar or artificial sweeteners. 36 Fresh Thyme Crave | freshthyme.com options options Sweet 032-037 SweetOptions_KC.indd 36 12/18/17 8:42 AM