8 Maple Syrup Alternatives

Maple syrup is a wonderful sweetener. It can be added to desserts, breakfasts, and even drinks and cocktails. 

However, there may come a time when you reach for your beloved bottle and find that you’re completely out. 

8 Maple Syrup Alternatives

Luckily for you, there are several maple syrup (see also ‘6 Substitutes For Simple Syrup‘) alternatives that you may already have in your pantry. 

This article is going to be listing some of these substitutes for you, so you’re aware of what you can use in case you run out of maple syrup! 

1. Honey

The first item people think of when it comes to an alternative to maple syrup is honey. This is a wonderful replacement that can be used in any recipes you would need maple syrup for. 

You may find a slightly different taste and consistency, but honey is likely to be the best replacement you can look for. 

2. Corn Syrup

 Corn syrup is one of the cheapest alternatives you can find! 

It is a sweet syrup with a caramel flavor, that would add a lovely flair to any desserts or breakfast foods you are adding it to. 

It is recommended that you use a 1:1 ratio when using corn syrup, and all your recipes will be good to go! 

3. Molasses 

Molasses is a thick syrup that works wonderfully well as a maple syrup alternative. While it is sweet, it does have a warm, slightly smoky flavor to it. 

It is best to use light molasses, as dark molasses can be too intense and overpower the other ingredients you are using. 

If you are making some baked goods that require maple syrup, then molasses is your best bet, as it works very well when it comes to these sweet treats. 

Molasses is also great for being used in fruit salads, as well as with sweet potatoes!  

4. Brown Sugar Syrup 

Brown sugar syrup is a delicious alternative to maple syrup, and you can whip it together super quickly! 

The only ingredients you need are brown sugar, water, and vanilla extract. Simply mix them together and place them in a saucepan on medium heat until you get that syrup texture. 

This is delicious on pancakes and any baked goods, and you can make it yourself in 5 minutes! 

You may even stop buying maple syrup and only rely on this. Once it’s made, it can last you up to a month, so you’ll be saving money. 

5. Agave Nectar 

If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to maple syrup, then agave nectar is the one for you, as it has a much lower glycemic index. 

It can be used in all kinds of baking and cooking, and it has a deliciously sweet flavor, resembling honey. 

When using it in your recipes, you may need to use extra as it can have a bitter aftertaste. The consistency is also slightly runnier than maple syrup, but it still makes for a great alternative. 

6. White Sugar Syrup 

White sugar syrup is made in the same way as its brown alternative, and tastes just as good! 

While this won’t produce as sweet of syrup as maple syrup, it still does the trick, and may appeal more to those who find maple syrup a bit too sweet. 

In order to get a similar consistency to maple syrup, simply add less water as you heat up the mixture. 

7. Caramel Syrup 

If you’re looking for an even richer substitute for maple syrup, then caramel syrup is the one for you. 

Maple syrup has some caramel notes within it, which is what makes this such a good substitute. An added bonus is that caramel syrup has some butter in its mixture, giving it a rich, velvety texture. 

This is a great alternative to add to baked goods, but it’s also delicious with some bacon and even some roasted vegetables! 

8. Coconut Oil 

Lastly, another healthier alternative to maple syrup is coconut oil (see also ‘7 Substitutes For Coconut Oil‘). All you need to do is add a spoonful to some warm baked goods, and let the heat melt it. 

This will give your food a tropical feel, and if you’d like some extra sweetness, just mix it with some sugar or honey! 

Final Thoughts 

Whether you’ve run out of maple syrup, or just want to change things up a little, these alternatives will work perfectly well with whatever it is you are cooking. 

This list has provided you with some healthy alternatives, too, in case you are trying to make healthier choices when it comes to your food. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Maple Syrup A Good Alternative To Sugar? 

Maple syrup can sometimes be a good alternative to sugar, as it contains certain minerals and antioxidants that sugar does not.

Is Honey Healthier Than Maple Syrup? 

While honey and maple syrup are thought to be similar, there are quite a few nutritional differences between them. 

Honey is higher in calories than maple syrup, with one tablespoon of honey containing 64 calories, compared to 52 calories in maple syrup. 

An advantage that honey has over maple syrup is its fat content. Honey contains no fat, whereas maple syrup has 0.1 fat in each tablespoon. 

In addition to this, honey has more nutritional value as it contains vitamins B-6 and C, and many people take honey when they are coming down with a cold or have sore throats due to its soothing properties. 

Maple syrup, on the other hand, does not have much of a nutritional profile. 

8 Maple Syrup Alternatives

8 Maple Syrup Alternatives

Recipe by Jenna

This article will be providing you with 8 wonderful substitutes for maple syrup. Some are healthy alternatives, while others are simply great replacements if you ever run out!

Course: Substitutes
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  • Honey

  • Corn Syrup

  • Molasses 

  • Brown Sugar Syrup 

  • Agave Nectar 

  • White Sugar Syrup 

  • Caramel Syrup 

  • Coconut Oil 


  • Decide on what substitute you need
  • Pick a substitute from the list above
  • Read what you need to substitute with
  • Create the recipe and enjoy

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