Brown Sugar Substitute

Brown Sugar Substitute

Here are several tried-and-true brown sugar substitutes, including low-sugar and molasses free versions.

  • Author: Erin Huffstetler, MyFrugalHome
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Ingredient Substitutions
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: Global


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 12 tbsp molasses


For Light Brown Sugar: Stir one tablespoon of molasses into a cup of granulated sugar, until evenly incorporated and no clumps remain.

For Dark Brown Sugar: Stir two tablespoon of molasses into a cup of granulated sugar.

Nutrition facts are for the light brown sugar version.


More Brown Sugar Substitutes:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar + 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • An equal amount of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of your favorite 1:1 sugar substitute + 1 tbsp molasses
  • An equal amount of muscovado sugar or demerara sugar
  • Turn light brown sugar into dark brown sugar by adding 1 tbsp molasses per cup
  • Use light and dark brown sugar in place of each other