Yes, but you will see better results in baked goods with a denser texture, such as brownies, muffins, heavier cakes and bar cookies. Agave nectar is a liquid sweetener and will sweeten baked goods just like sugar, but it does not have all the properties of sugar.
Baking and Cooking with Agave
The sweetness of either Organic Light or Amber Agave Nectar lends itself perfectly for baking and cooking recipes. Since agave nectar is a liquid, it will incorporate easily into favorite desserts. Follow the conversion below.
If there are no added liquids in the recipe, you can increase flour by 1/4 to 1/3 cup to absorb the extra liquid added by the agave nectar. Make sure any solid ingredients, like butter, are softened and that the agave nectar is at room temperature. Also, if the recipe is being sweetened by other ingredients, such as chocolate chips, you may want to use slightly less agave for those recipes. When adding agave to traditional baking recipes, first whip softened butter, then pour the agave in and mix. You would then follow with the eggs.
Since the properties of agave nectar are different from granulated sugar, some baked items may brown quicker. We recommend reducing the oven temperature by 25°F and increase baking time a few minutes. It is also important to note that cookie recipes using agave nectar will not bake crisp, as with sugar. They will have a different cake-like texture, but taste delicious!
Organic Agave Nectars are perfect for everyday cooking, such as making salad dressings and to liven up sauces. Because of how easily it mixes into cold beverages, agave nectar is also great for sweetening smoothies and summer drinks. For great sweetening ideas using Organic Agave Nectars try these delicious recipes, specifically formulated and developed in our test kitchens for foodservice needs.