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Sugar Free Powdered Sugar

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How to make sugar free powdered sugar, which works for any recipe that calls for regular powdered sugar. It’s SO easy!

sugar free powdered sugar

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

Is it snowing where you are? As usual, Dallas weather doesn’t know what it wants to do. So it vacillates from 25 to 75 and back again. Shorts one day, fleece pants the next. Always on our toes. No snow here yet, but I do have white powder of a different sort: sugar-free powdered sugar. (Oxymoron?)

Every Christmas for as long as I can remember, my mom has made multiple batches of pixie cookies (the little chocolate crinkle cookies, dusted with powdered sugar). Last month I decided it was time to try creating a healthier, vegan version of those crowd-friendly chocolate pixies. In my quest to “healthify” the recipe, I landed on an article describing how to turn Splenda into powdered sugar. This got me to thinking, “If you can do it with Splenda, why not with other sweeteners?”

So I tried it, first with Sucanat and then with Xylitol. Both times, it worked!

vegan powdered sugar


Sugar-Free Powdered Sugar

A new addition to: 200+ Sugar Free Recipes.

  • 1 cup granulated sugar of choice, such as xylitol or Sucanat (It’s 100% sugar-free if you use xylitol. This technique works with regular sugar too, or evaporated cane juice or even brown sugar. So if you find yourself in the middle of baking something and you run out of powdered sugar, just make your own!)
  • optional 1-2 tsp arrowroot or cornstarch, to prevent clumping when stored

Whir the ingredients in a blender. I used a Vitamix blender. It’ll smoke a little, but that’s okay. You should have powdered sugar in a matter of seconds! Store in a covered container in the pantry, just as you’d store regular powdered sugar.


Healthy Glaze Icing

Combine 1 cup of the above powdered sugar with 1 1/2 tbsp milk of choice and 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract. Use in place of regular powdered sugar icing, on cookies or cupcakes, etc.


Such as the above: Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal

And now I’m going to return to eating my chocolate pixie cookies. Hope you all have a lovely day!

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. awesome!

    i’d love to see granola bars!

  2. KATIE – you talking about the Dallas weather reminded me to tell you that I just accepted a job down here so I’ll be staying Dallas instead of moving back to St. Louis as originally planned. I know you live a little outside the city but we have to find a time to do a meet-up or dinner somewhere!
    Also my best friend is seriously your biggest fan.
    <3 Clare

  3. Neat! This is a great invention!

  4. Cool! This is seriously a smart idea! I love how you get so inspired by the regular things to make something really great!
    ….Granola bars! 🙂

  5. jenn a. says:

    I was actually going to ask you how to do sugar free powdered sugar, thank you so much!

  6. Coooooookies, please!! I’ve been craving cookies for the past 4 days and only have the time to make them today. So, more cookies would just be delightful! lol

  7. Cammy says:

    I vote for granola bars!

  8. jenn a. says:

    p.s. where does one find this sucant or xylitol?

    1. Whole Foods… or any health food store :).

    2. SP says:

      Xylitol is fatal to dogs & cats, so please be vigilant about keeping it away from them.

  9. jolene says:

    I vote for granola bars!! But I’d also be interested in a good frosting… Thanks!

    1. jolene says:

      apparently I didn’t write “cream cheese” frosting.

  10. Beth says:

    Granola bars!!

  11. Julia says:

    Granola bars, please!

  12. Interesting! I bet powdered sucanat tastes much better than regular powdered sugar 😛 And granola bars all the way

  13. I think that is amazing that sucanat turns white! I’m so anxious to try it! You are a genius!

    1. Sorry for the confusion. The photos are of the xylitol one.

  14. teabagginit says:

    i definitely have to vote for the granola bars. ever since i started this sugar-free detox, i haven’t had a granola bar – would really love to see a sugar free version!

  15. Andrea B. says:

    Granola bars all the way!!

  16. Jocelyn says:

    Cookies! all the way Cookies!

  17. Sara u says:


  18. I. Definitely going to try this–thanks! Do you know what the ratio is? I.e if you need a cup of powdered sugar how much xylitol do you start with?

    1. SP says:

      Xylitol is fatal to dogs & cats. Please be vigilant about keeping it away from them.

      1. Unofficial CCK Helper says:

        You can!

  19. michelle says:


    Granola bars please

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