How to Bake With Agave Nectar


If you are looking for a healthy alternative to sugar and do not like the idea of using artificial sweeteners, baking with agave nectar might appeal to you. Taken naturally from the agave plant with minimal processing, it is very sweet and is most similar to honey in flavor and texture. Some darker agave can taste more of caramel. Agave is very easy to substitute for any other sweetener normally used in baking.

Agave Cookies

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper or coat it with a non-stick spray.

Step 2

Mix flour, agave nectar, butter, baking powder and vanilla in a bowl. Stir until all of the ingredients are incorporated.

Step 3

Add one egg and stir until it is incorporated into the mixture. Mix in the oats, chocolate chips and chopped walnuts (optional). Mixing the ingredients should form a dough.

Step 4

Form globs of dough that are roughly ball-shaped with two soup spoons. Drop them onto the prepared cookie sheet. Space the cookies about 1 inch apart. Space the outermost cookies 1 inch from the edges of the cookie sheet.

Step 5

Slide the cookie sheet into the oven when it has finished preheating. Set the oven timer for 12 minutes and check for doneness. Cookies will be done when they are still slightly soft if you touch their tops, but mostly solid. Slide them back into the oven for another minute or so if they are not done.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup agave nectar
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper (optional)
  • Non-stick spray (optional)
  • Oven
  • Mixing bowl
  • Large spoon
  • 2 soup spoons
  • Cooling rack
  • Spatula


  • The Professional Chef (Eighth Edition); The Culinary Institute of America; 2006
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About this Author

Amrita Chuasiriporn is a professional cook, baker, and writer. In addition to cooking and baking for a living, Chuasiriporn has written for several online publications. These include Chef's Blade, CraftyCrafty, and others. Additionally, Chuasiriporn is a regular contributor to online automotive enthusiast publication Chuasiriporn holds an A.A.S. in culinary arts, as well as a B.A. in Spanish language and literature.