Spring is officially here, and for me that always means cleaning out the cupboards and thinking of new ways to lighten up my cooking and baking — with as much color and flavor as possible. This season, coconut sugar will play a big role in my kitchen. If you're not familiar with coconut sugar, it's a delightful unrefined sugar made from the sap of the cut flower buds of the coconut palm. It tastes more like brown sugar than it does coconut and is said to have a low glycemic index, which helps maintain blood sugar levels.
While it's an easy sugar substitute in most baking recipes, here are a few other ways to make it a pantry star this season.