Can You Substitute Raw Sugar in Baking?

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Raw sugar may be used in place of white sugar in recipes.
Raw sugar may be used in place of white sugar in recipes. (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Windell Oskay)

Most recipes for cakes, pies, brownies and cookies call for large amounts of processed white sugar. Substituting raw sugar is a great way to increase nutritional value without sacrificing taste.

Amount

According to Sugar in the Raw, you may substitute raw sugar in recipes for an equal quantity of white sugar.

Benefits

While white sugar is highly processed and stripped of all nutritional value, raw sugar contains calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium. A tablespoon of raw sugar has 33 calories, while a tablespoon of white sugar has 45 calories.

Taste

Raw sugar is just as sweet as white sugar, with a hint of molasses flavor. The granules tend to be slightly larger than white-sugar granules.

Tips

If you are concerned with changing the taste and texture of your dish, start by replacing only a part of the sugar content of the recipe with raw sugar. For example, instead of one cup of white sugar, try 3/4 cup white sugar and 1/4 cup raw sugar.

Expert Insight

According to GlobalGourmet.com, turbinado (a type of raw sugar) is "versatile and accommodating in all manner of cooking and baking."

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