Recipe: Healthy-ish Powdered Sugar

Hi Three to Five Tribe! If some of you remember from my previous post, I am currently in the midst of Christmas cookie recipe testing. I mentioned I would share any helpful hacks I discovered along the way and after baking my way through three recipes, I have found my first healthy baking hack – homemade powdered sugar!

A Healthy Recipe for Homemade Powdered

This year, I want to find a way to make all of my Christmas cookie recipes healthy, well healthier, by choosing to use real, whole food ingredients. When I first stumbled upon my second Christmas cookie recipe for Vanilla Bean Cookies with a Vanilla Glaze I was super stoked, that is until I saw the recipe for the vanilla glaze, which called for powdered sugar. Healthy powdered sugar? I am not at all phased by healthy recipe swaps and am no stranger to the usual recipe swaps: almond flour, coconut sugar, honey and maple syrup, but how the heck was I going to make a healthier option for powdered sugar? Needless to say if this was December during the heart of the holidays, I would have skipped this recipe as quickly as I skip Black Friday shopping, but alas, this is exactly why I am recipe testing now. There is no recipe too challenging for me when I start baking this early in the year!

After a thorough amount of research (also known as a quick Google search), I found the easiest recipe for “healthy” powdered sugar. It can’t get any easier than two ingredients and one step. See what I mean?


  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons tapioca flour


#1 Take both ingredients, place in a food processor and mix on high for 60-90 seconds or until coconut sugar and tapioca flour are thoroughly combined together. That’s it!

Tip: The coconut sugar will cause the powdered sugar mixture to appear light brown in color, which is normal and what you want. Just don’t expect to see a snow white powdered sugar because you aren’t actually using refined white sugar like most traditional recipes call for.

Take your powder sugar one step further and add 3-4 tablespoons of your choice of milk (I prefer coconut milk), 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and a small pinch of salt to create a homemade vanilla glaze. (It’s so good I swear I could eat the entire bowl and I would be lying if I said I didn’t eat an entire bowl of this because I did eat an entire bowl of this). Just like the powdered sugar won’t be white in color, neither will the glaze, so if you are really wanting that snow white color for aesthetic purposes, you may want to go another route for your vanilla glaze, but if color isn’t a concern, enjoy!

I can’t wait to share my next kitchen discovery as I bake my way to Christmas one Christmas cookie recipe at a time.

Making healthy swaps three to five ingredients at a time,

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