Homemade Vegan Powdered Sugar

Melanie Lorick
by Melanie Lorick
1 1/4 cups
2 min

Though powdered sugar is an ingredient that tends to be used less frequently than other sweeteners, it can be helpful to have a bit on hand for those special mornings that call for a cinnamon roll topping, or sweet bread glaze

(especially when infused with fruit flavors).

If you follow a vegan diet, certain brands of sugar are processed (refined) with bone char and therefore, not technically vegan-friendly. Not all companies use bone char, but many U.S. brands do. This means that fully vegan options are sold as "organic," "unrefined," "natural," or "raw." If the original sugar is vegan, the powdered sugar derived from it will be as well.

When you're in a pinch and really need that beautiful texture that only powdered sugar can provide, this vegan powdered sugar recipe is one of the most simple.

What I love about this recipe is:

  • It only requires two ingredients.
  • There's no need to keep a separate pound (or two) of powdered sugar in your pantry, particularly if you're low on space.

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Homemade Vegan Powdered Sugar
Recipe details
  • 1 1/4  cups
  • Prep time: 1 Minutes Cook time: 1 Minutes Total time: 2 min
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  • 1 cup vegan granulated sugar (organic, natural, raw, or unrefined)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Add the powdered sugar and cornstarch to the bowl of your food processor or blender.
Pulse or grind on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until the granulated sugar turns to a finely ground, powdery consistency.
If you still have large granules, use a fine mesh strainer to separate the larger granules from the smaller ones. The smaller granules are what create the more powdery sugar.
  • The powdered sugar creates a little dust, so allow it to settle for a few minutes before opening the blender or food processor.
  • The larger your initial sugar granules, the less "powdery" your powered sugar will be. I suggest using a fine mesh strainer to remove the larger granules and keep the more powdery texture. You can use the larger granules in recipes that require a less fine texture.
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