substitutes for agave nectar?

i live in a small town with no health food stores, is there anything else that could easily replace it?


  • raw honey or dates (if making in recipes)

  • agave is rarely raw anyway. date syrup (you can make it yourself, as i learned on this site with a little water and a pinch of sea salt). also, as summer approaches you might be able to buy stevia in bunches at the farmer’s market. that stuff is SUPER sweet!

    also, a lot of recipes that call for agave on this site (not the desserts obviously) don’t really need it in my opinion. i tend not to sweeten savory things.

  • I agree – agave is rarely raw, and it’s not really necessary in most desserts. They tend to be sweet enough. Keep dates around – they’re an excellent substitute for agave. They’ll sweeten anything. Yum! Soak em for 30 minutes before blending them, so they get soft.

  • I personally like to use figs. It’s not as sugary as dates, but it gives a nice fruity sweetness. Raisins work as well. :)

  • ZoeZoe

    you can buy stevia online which is sweet, and that mesquite stuff, and lucama. They’re pricey superfoods though, I’d stick with bananas, raisins, figs and dates.

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