Coconut Palm Sugar: A Better Way To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

19 Comments 20 June 2012

Have you discovered coconut palm sugar yet?

If you’re saying, “What is coconut sugar?!”, let me introduce you.

Coconut palm sugar is also known as coconut sugar, but is not to be confused with just palm sugar. I’ve been playing with coconut sugar for over a year now and I love it! It smells and tastes like brown sugar!!!!! mmmm I’ve used coconut sugar as a healthy substitute for sugar in recipes and it substitutes cup for cup easy peasy.

Coconut palm sugar is a little pricey, but worth it. It’s low glycemic, contains iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc and vitamins! Doesn’t create crazy blood sugar crashes. It even tastes delicious in my tea or coffee!! (Agave nectar has it’s own little special taste in coffee, right?)

This almost sounds too good to be true, right?

And…as if that isn’t enough to make your sweet tooth ache, coconut palm sugar isn’t highly processed in any way. It’s made from the dried nectar of coconut palm blossoms. Cool, huh?


I used to buy Heritage Palm Coconut Sugar on Amazon. If you live in NYC, I’ve discovered it at a great price at Organic Avenue. A little over $3.00 for a bag of Nativas Naturals brand.

How would you use coconut palm sugar?

Will you give it a try?

And if you do, will you please come back and tell us all how you liked it?

And if you think this is a great healthy find…please share the scoop with your friends! Sweet!! 😉




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19 Comments so far

  1. 1
    Danielle says:

    Thanks Kelly. I have experimented with Coconut Palm Sugar. I personally found that the granules of CPS are larger than those of regular sugar so it’s not a true cup for cup substitution. That is all right with me though because I tend to not like things that are super-sweet. I found it at Whole Foods a while back, but of coarse it was priced at a premium.

      Kelly says:

      Thanks for pointing that out, Danielle. Yeah, I have to be reminded from time to time that my taste buds have changed since I don’t eat refined sugar anymore. So, I’m proly in the same boat as you when it comes to not needing things as sweet.

      Thanks again!

  2. 2
    Mik of the Plains says:

    Thanks for posting about the coconut palm sugar. I won’t be using it since I’m allergic to coconut/palm products.

    I like to eat at establishments that are more organic/local in nature, so knowing about a new sweetener that may be in use is very helpful.

    BTW…I love agave! (Perhaps because I am a tequila “yes” person.)

  3. 3
    Linda says:

    I really like it but mine tends to get “hard” in thr jar. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

      Kelly says:

      Hey Linda! Try the old trick for salt and sugar …remember ever seeing a cracker in a salt shaker or sugar bowl? It soaks up any moisture so it doesn’t clump. Have to use a GF cracker though. Let me know if it works!

  4. 4
    Fran says:

    Kelly thanks for the tip about this sugar. I just want to say you send such sweet emails that I look at your site just because you sound like you are smiling!!! lol

      Kelly says:

      Fran….awww…your comment just made me smile!!! Thank you for your time and the space in your inbox! You guys are what keep me going!


  5. 5

    Kelly – what is it that makes this type of sugar lower glycemic than processed sugar? Does it have more glucose and less fructose? I’d love to find a sugar that performs the same as regular sugar but doesn’t mess with my blood sugar so much. Any tips are appreciated!

  6. 6
    Bette says:

    I have not tried Coconut sugar … Would like to give it a try. I do not use much sugar, but when I do, I sweeten with stevia. Do you know if there is any problem with stevia??

    Thanks so much. , Bette

      Kelly says:

      Hey Bette…I’ll talk about stevia in an upcoming blog post. I wouldn’t worry too much. Basically, some docs just worry because it hasn’t been studied “sufficiently”. So you listen to your body and do what is best.

  7. 7
    Charlene says:

    Hi Kelly ,
    I live in Nutley NJ cal u tell me where I can purchase this product?

      Kelly says:

      Hi Charlene…you should be able to find it at Whole Foods or health food stores…but if you can’t…sometimes it was easier for me to just buy it online…there is a link to Amazon in the blog post. 🙂

  8. 8
    Lauren T says:

    If you substitute it in baked goods do they have more of a brown sugar taste?
    Thanks for posting about this. I hadn’t ever heard of coconut palm sugar before. I’d like to try it out sometime.

      Kelly says:


      Good question…

      It does have a brownsugar taste to it…but it is mild. I think it would depend on the baked item if it would be a problem. Chocolate chip cookies, for example, it’s not a problem to me! I personally don’t like agave in my coffee…tastes strange to me…BUT…I was surprised to find that I like coconut sugar in my coffee along with coconut milk..mmm. It is probably just up to each person’s individual palate. Hope you like it!

  9. 9
    Freeda says:

    Never heard of this and I’m super excited to try it. Thanks!

  10. 10

    I bought some coconut palm sugar last week but have yet to try it. I’ve heard people say to put it in a food processor id you want it finer. I can;t wait to try it out.

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