I'll grant you that we've become a little coconut obsessed lately, what with the coconut chips and the coconut cooking spray and all the reasons we love coconut water. But before you declare coconut overload, you have to give this coconut sugar a try. For starters, I bet you'll never guess what part of the coconut it's made from!
This coconut sugar from Madhava Natural Sweeteners is actually made from the nectar inside the flower buds of the coconut tree. Pretty wild! They say that this organic sugar is sustainably harvested and actually produces 50 - 75% more per acre than cane sugar.
This sugar doesn't actually taste like coconut — which will come as a disappointment to some and a welcome perk to others, I'm sure. It does taste "nutty," however, with a flavor reminiscent of lightly roasted nuts. It's also definitely sweet, but it has a complex, earthy sweetness that's more akin to brown sugar or wild honey than to standard granulated white sugar.
This sugar melts perfectly fine and can be used one-for-one with the sugar called for in your recipe. To start with, I'd recommend using it in place of brown sugar in a batch of cookies (Chocolate Chip is my favorite!), and then experiment from there. I've also just been sprinkling over my morning yogurt and stirring it into my tea.
The one big downside to this product is it's cost. A 16-ounce bag retails for around $5 in stores and around $6-7 online, though you can save some pennies if you buy in bulk. I love the sugar, but the cost means that I'll be saving it for special desserts and small indulgences.
Have you ever tried this sugar? What do you think of it?
→ Find It! Organic Coconut Sugar from Madhava Natural Sweeteners
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