How To Make Unrefined Powdered Sugar

How To Make Unrefined Powdered Sugar

Happy Tuesday! Every Tuesday I share a tip that I’ve found useful in my kitchen or home. Today I’m sharing a tip on how to make powdered sugar using unrefined sweeteners like sucanat, rapadura and coconut sugar! This stuff is so great, and way more natural than most stuff you’ll see in the store. Who says you can’t add something naturally sweet to your recipes?

How To Make DIY Unrefined Powdered Sugar

How To Make Unrefined Powder Sugar




  • Blend sugar and arrowroot powder (or corn starch) together in a blender or food processor.
  • Blend until sugar is a “powdered” texture.
  • Store in an airtight container. Use in place of confectioners powdered sugar in recipes. That’s it!

How To Make Unrefined Powdered Sugar
  • Blender or Food Processor
  • 1 Cup Sugar (Coconut Sugar, Rapadura or Organic Cane Sugar)
  • 1 Tablespoon Arrowroot Powder or Corn Starch (Non GMO)
  1. Blend sugar and arrowroot powder (or corn starch) together in a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until sugar is a "powdered" texture.
  3. Store in an airtight container. Use in place of confectioners powdered sugar in recipes. That's it!


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About the author: Hi! I’m Tiffany – aka Coconut Mama. I’m a real food mama of three coconut babies. I’m passionate about traditional and healing foods. As a true believer in the health benefits of coconut, I use coconut products in all my recipes. You can download my free Coconut Flour Recipes E-book here. Thanks for stopping by!
36 comments… add one
  • Erica July 3, 2016, 9:42 am

    How long should this take in a food processor? Looks like it’s working, but running for a very long time to eliminate the graininess!

  • Ashley November 7, 2014, 9:45 am

    This excites me! I’ve been changing out the junk foods in mine and my toddler’s diet. His second birthday is in 4 months and this is perfect to use for some yummy BUT healthy snacks! Love your page!!

  • joanna April 19, 2014, 2:16 pm

    well, this did not work at all and i wasted a whole bag of expensive coconut sugar!! i ended up making icing and the icing was SO GRAINY. sticking to regular powdered sugar!

  • joanna April 17, 2014, 3:41 pm

    can i make a big batch of this in the food processor or do i have to do a couple of 1 cup batches? i need 3 cups of it.

  • Heidi April 16, 2014, 2:31 pm

    I use a dedicated coffee grinder and only grind coconut sugar. I use it in frostings and it works fine. Honestly, it’s the most well received frosting in general, even among folks who eat regular sugar.

  • Janet Paula March 16, 2014, 1:58 am

    Does anyone know about how long it will take to blend if I use a blender of 800 watts.

  • Vanessa Russo November 14, 2013, 7:26 am

    I did this! It works wonderful! I will never buy powdered sugar again.

  • Donna Frmville September 24, 2013, 7:41 am

    What about potato starch in place of corn starch?

  • Theresa M. Houghton September 23, 2013, 7:00 pm

    Oh I am so excited to try this!!! I love this site!!!!

  • Katherine Natalia September 9, 2013, 12:34 am

    Wow, this is so clever. I can’t wait to give this powdered sugar a try.

  • Corinne Cooze September 7, 2013, 12:12 pm

    What about using Sucanat?

  • Brenda September 5, 2013, 4:12 pm

    I used unrefined sugar and I cant get it to be completely powdery… its still a little grainy… and it tastes a little funny. help!

    • Tiffany @ The Coconut Mama September 8, 2013, 10:57 pm

      Aww bummer! I haven’t had that happen. Not sure why it would taste funny. Did you use arrowroot powder or corn starch?

  • Colleen B September 5, 2013, 12:07 pm

    I do this but the last time I used it to make buttercream my frosting was gritty. I have a vitamix so it was nice and powdery (though I didn’t add arrowroot…it was just sugar). Anyone have any luck using their own powdered sugar and getting a nice smooth buttercream?

  • Melissa September 5, 2013, 12:07 pm

    Just a tip…..if using the Vitamix, don’t overblend it. I did it for too long and the sugar heated up too much and then tasted bad.

  • Meisha August 24, 2013, 8:10 pm

    If my recipe calls for 3-5 cups confectioners sugar for frosting base, would I use the same amount of coconut sugar?

  • brenda August 16, 2013, 8:09 pm

    Ooooh! 🙂 Thanks

  • Susan August 13, 2013, 10:12 am

    I just tried this with my KitchenAid blender. I get a much finer, truly powdered product with my coffee grinder, so I’ll stick with that.

    What is the purpose of the arrowroot? Anti-caking agent?

  • cindy tessier August 13, 2013, 5:14 am

    this sounds good, but can it be used in frostings?


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