All About Cooking With Dextrose


What Is It?

Dextrose Monohydrate is a powdered form of Glucose. It is the good digestible half of sugar without the nasty Fructose. The chemical composition (for those who care) is one molecule of Glucose bonded to a water molecule. It is easily metabolised by every cell of your body.

What Does It Look Like?

It is a white powder that looks similar to caster sugar. The granules are a little bit smaller and more slippery so that it doesn't seem to form clumps in an airtight container. You can buy it from Home-Brew beer suppliers in one or two kilogram bags. Is it more expensive than sugar? Yes - but once you have broken your sugar addiction you won't be eating sweet things as frequently. 

Where Can I Buy It?

In Australia, you can buy it from Home-Brew beer suppliers in one or two kilogram bags. I buy mine from The Country Brewer (www.countrybrewer.com.au). Is it more expensive than sugar? Yes - but once you have broken your sugar addiction you won't be eating sweet things as frequently. 


How Do You Cook With It?

Most recipes can substitute Dextrose for sugar. When bakking with this new ingredient, you will find that it absorbs more of the wet ingredients than sugar, so the trick lies in adjusting the "normal" quantities of dry and wet ingredients to get the balance right. Luckily I have done a lot of the experimentation for you!

What Does It Taste Like?

To someone still addicted to sugar, it does not taste sweet at all, but is rather bland. The longer you are off the sugar though, the sweeter it tastes. To me it now tastes about 70-80% as sweet as I remember caster sugar tasting. The cookies, biscuits, cakes, muffins and custards that I bake using Dextrose taste sweet enough, while being able to taste the other ingredients a lot more. So raspberry muffins taste of raspberry and Shortbread tastes buttery.

Dextrose works very well for sweetening drinks and liquid-based foods such as custards and ice creams. You can generally swap one-for-one with sugar.

Homemade sugar free ice cream is easy and delicious! Try out these recipes on your family and see if they can tell the difference...

How is It Different to Sugar?

Sugar cubes can be be avoided, switch to dextrose today.

Dextrose monohydrate is powdered Glucose. So chemically speaking it is a "sugar". However, when the average person hears sugar they think of table sugar which is Sucrose. Sucrose is one molecule of glucose bonded to one molecule of Fructose (ie it is 50% Fructose). It is the Fructose content that is the problem for our digestion. Honey (40%), maple syrup(40%), agave syrup (90%), molasses (40%), golden syrup (40%), corn syrup (55%) are all high in Fructose and should be avoided in general.

Why? What's so bad about fructose?

For in depth discussion on this question, it is helpful to watch some of the videos by Dr Robert Lustig.

Dr Robert Lustig is a pediatric endocrinologist, working in the field for 32 years. He is very concerned about the rising rates of obesity and metabolic syndrome. The author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease rose to unexpected fame when his lecture on YouTube went viral "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" 

Which other sugars are safe?

Which sugars can be consumed without re-igniting your previous addiction? The following list helps you to stick to the good, digestible sugars in your diet. However, on food labels all types of sugar are lumped in together under the label "sugar". In dairy products, the first 5% of sugar will be lactose - which is safe - anything over 5% is likely to be added sucrose unless you are specifically told otherwise on the label. 

  • Glucose
  • Glucose Syrup
  • Galactose
  • Lactose
  • Maltose
  • Maltodextrin/Maltodextrose

Start cooking with dextrose...

Try some of my delicious sugar free muffins, cookies, biscuits and ice cream today.

sugar free ice cream

Homemade sugar free ice cream is easy and delicious! Try out these recipes on your family and see if they can tell the difference...

  • Cardamon and Orange
  • Rum and Raisin
  • Berry sorbet
  • Chocolate, vanilla
sugar free cookie recipes

Cookies are easy to make at home with dextrose. Try Golden Oat cookies, Anzac biscuits, Jam Drops and shortbreads. Don't forget the gingerbread men!

muffin recipe to bake at home

Avoid dry, crumbly, disappointing muffins by using these recipes for moist and delicious muffins.

Find recipes for hidden vegetable muffins and gluten free variations too.