Homemade Coconut Palm Sugar Simple Syrup Recipe

Coconut sugar transforms a basic simple syrup into a richly flavored sweetener perfect for adding to coffee drinks and more. Learn how to make your own coconut sugar syrup in just a few minutes!

bottle of homemade coconut sugar syrup next to coconut sugar.

I love keeping coconut sugar on hand as an alternative to white or brown sugar. Since it is slightly slower on the glycemic index than white sugar, it may not spike your blood sugar levels as much as regular sugar (although that depends on the brand and your body).

We like using it any time with need a bit of sweetness and love how it adds so much flavor to this simple syrup!

What is Coconut Sugar Simple Syrup?

It’s a liquid sweetener made from coconut palm sugar, which has a rich, caramel-like flavor similar to brown sugar. It can be used to sweeten coffee, iced tea, to drizzle over ice cream, and more.

Since it is made with coconut sugar, it has a slightly lower glycemic impact than table sugar, and it’s generally less processed than white sugar as well.

Also, this homemade coconut syrup does not taste like coconut at all! Coconut sugar is made by evaporating the moisture out of coconut palm sap. It has a rich flavor more similar to brown sugar simple syrup or demerara simple syrup.

Why you’ll love this coconut sugar simple syrup recipe


  • Minimally processed – Unlike storebought sweeteners, this simple recipe only requires 2 ingredients: coconut sugar and water. The sugar doesn’t go through any bleaching, retaining its natural brown color and delicious flavor!
  • Naturally sweetened – Coconut sugar is a natural sweetener easy to find in health food stores or online. It has an amazing taste that adds so much more flavor than regular sugar!
  • Versatile sweetener – Homemade simple syrups can be used to sweeten cold drinks as the sugar crystals have already been dissolved. Use this sweetener to sweeten your favorite cold brew, iced coffee, hot coffee, and so much more!

Equipment

To make this simple syrup, you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • Coconut sugar – This is the only sweetener in this syrup, and it adds lots of flavor and a rich brown color, making it look more like maple syrup. I like this organic option and the price is pretty good, too.
  • Water – Regular tap water will do!

How to Make Coconut Sugar Simple Syrup

  1. Add the coconut sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally.
  2. When the sugar crystals dissolve, remove the syrup from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature.
  3. Pour the syrup into a mason jar or bottle and use as desired. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Storing Suggestions

Unlike storebought options that contain preservatives, this coconut syrup should be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Tips & Variations

  • Make a rich simple syrup. For a thicker syrup, use twice as much coconut sugar as water.
  • Add a cinnamon stick or vanilla bean. They’ll release their flavor oils while you warm the sugar, making a uniquely delicious combination.
  • Use a different sugar. This recipe follows the basic recipe for simple syrup – equal parts sugar and water. You can use any type of sugar you’d like, although you’d need to rename it!
  • Make a smaller batch. You don’t have to make a full serving if you don’t want to. Since this recipe uses 1 part water and 1 part sugar, it’s easy to make a tiny batch (1 tablespoon of each) or a larger batch (a quart of each).

How to Use Coconut Palm Sugar Simple Syrup

This sweetener is ideal for adding to cold drinks, as the sugar is already dissolved, but it can also be added to warm drinks, ice cream, whipped cream and more.

I like to keep a bottle in my fridge to sweeten my iced coffee and a rich syrup (twice as much sugar as water) is thick enough to drizzle over pancakes or French toast!

homemade coconut palm sugar simple syrup in a vintage mason jar.

FAQs

Do you need to strain coconut sugar syrup?

If you’re using powdered coconut sugar, there’s no need to strain it. The sugar crystals will dissolve into the liquid, and you can simply stir to incorporate.

Is coconut sugar lower on the glycemic index than regular sugar?

It really depends on the type of coconut sugar and unfortunately, each batch of coconut sugar is a little different. Coconut sugar can be around 35 on the glycemic index and regular white sugar is closer to 60-65. This sounds great, but some studies show that coconut sugar is closer to the mid-50s. This means that it may be slightly lower on the glycemic index than regular sugar, but not that much. 

Can you freeze coconut sugar simple syrup?

You can freeze simple syrups if you’d like, but be aware that they won’t freeze solid. They’ll stay suspended as a thick liquid, similar to freezing alcohol. This is a handy way to store any leftovers for later, but I recommend making only as much as you need to avoid this fuss.

Related Recipes

I love making my own homemade simple syrups and have lots of recipes to choose from! Try some of my favorites:

vintage spoon with coconut palm sugar syrup for coffee and tea.
bottle of homemade coconut sugar syrup next to coconut sugar.

Homemade Coconut Sugar Simple Syrup

Coconut sugar transforms a basic simple syrup into a richly flavored sweetener perfect for adding to coffee drinks and more. Learn how to make your own coconut palm sugar simple syrup in just a few minutes!
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Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course cocktails, coffee
Servings 12
Calories 43 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Add the coconut sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally.
  • When the sugar crystals dissolve, remove the syrup from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature.
  • Pour the syrup into a mason jar or bottle and use as desired. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 43kcalCarbohydrates: 12gSodium: 27mgSugar: 9gCalcium: 1mg
Keyword coconut palm sugar, coconut sugar simple syrup
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