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5 Powdered Sugar Substitutes and DIY Powdered Sugar

Powdered sugar substitutes
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Powdered sugar substitutes are easy to come by and may even be healthier. Follow this guide to learn what ingredients can be used as a powdered sugar replacement, and how to make your own DIY powdered sugar.

It is everyone’s baking nightmare to get to a stage in a recipe and realize you are missing an ingredient. If this missing ingredient is powdered sugar, then we have got you covered! There are plenty of powdered sugar alternatives out there for you to use. All of these powdered sugar substitutes can be used at a 1:1 ratio for the original amount of powdered sugar needed in the recipe. Plus, you probably already have these substitutes in your pantry! Examples of powdered sugar alternatives include:

  • Hot Cocoa Mix: This sweet powdered sugar alternative works if you are baking a chocolate dessert and requires absolutely no fuss.
  • Granulated Sugar: Granulated sugar works just as well in baking as powdered sugar does: the result will not be as smooth, but just as tasty!
  • Coconut Sugar: For this powdered sugar alternative, you will need to get your high-speed blender out and combine one cup of coconut sugar with one tablespoon of cornstarch and blend until a powder forms.

Sugar-Free Powdered Sugar Substitutes

Stevia is a great sugar-free alternative and can be blended to form a powdered sugar-free substitute with fewer calories.
Stevia is a great sugar-free alternative and can be blended to form a powdered sugar-free substitute with fewer calories.
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If you are looking to replace powdered sugar in a recipe to reduce your sugar intake, these calorie-free substitutes work just as well!

  • Natural Sweetener: Simply blend ¾ cup of a natural sweetener of your choice (we recommend Stevia) with two tablespoons of cornstarch until a soft powder forms. 
  • Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder: Blend one cup of non-fat dry milk powder, one cup cornstarch, and ½ cup natural sweetener together in a high-speed blender to make a sugar-free powdered sugar alternative. 

Make Your Own Powdered Sugar at Home

If you’ve run out of powdered sugar but still want to stick to the recipe, try making your own! Making your own powdered sugar at home is easy, cheap, and will not require you to dash out and buy more ingredients at the supermarket. 


  • 1 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch


  1. Grind the sugar in a high-speed blender until a powder forms.
  2. Sift the sugar with a fine mesh strainer to catch any clumps.
  3. Mix in the cornstarch. 

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