What is a substitute for palm sugar?


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Substitute 1 cup of dark brown sugar plus 2 teaspoons of molasses for an equivalent amount of palm sugar, as the molasses adds a deep flavor similar to that of palm sugar. Another option is to substitute plain brown sugar, though its flavor is not as strong.

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What is a substitute for palm sugar?
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Palm sugar is sometimes confused with coconut sugar, though they are not the same; palm sugar is actually from sugar palm instead of the coconut palm. Both can be found in specialty markets. Palm sugar may be solid and crumbly or thick and gooey; it depends on how long it is processed before shipping. Substituting maple sugar or date sugar for palm sugar also works.

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