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Natural Sweeteners for Tea

Cutting sugar can be a daunting task that often involves lifestyle changes. Your body has to get used to not having its cravings filled. One simple but effective thing you can do is check the sugar content of your daily drinks. 

You may find you’ve been consuming too much sugar in your tea. We’ve all been there. How to fix this unhealthy habit? Not to worry! We’ll go through some natural sweeteners that will help you live a healthier lifestyle and while still allowing you to continue to enjoy sweet delicious tea.

More of a coffee person? Read about the best natural sweeteners for coffee and learn how you can use sugar free syrups. Also be sure to check out our post on the advantages and disadvantages of natural sweeteners.

Natural Honey

Honey is by far one of the best tea sweeteners out there. Not only does honey taste great, but it’s also all-natural and healthy for your body. Honey mellows out a bitter tea until it tastes just right. Brew, pour, add a teaspoon of honey, stir well while the tea’s still hot, and you’re good to go. 

Coconut sugar

Coconut sugar is another natural sweetener that works magic in your tea. It has a tasty flavor profile, similar to brown sugar, with hints of caramel. We highly recommend giving it a try.

Maple Syrup

All-natural graded maple syrup (not the fake ‘‘pancake syrup”’ stuff!) has a complex flavor profile with notes of caramel, vanilla, and even raisins. It goes perfectly with rooibos and lemon tea and can also pair very well with milk tea. Have a go blending your tea with maple syrup and enjoy.


Stevia is excellent for those who like a botanical flavor to their tea. It contains notes of licorice which some find quite lovely. Especially for herbal tea aficionados – you will love this natural sweetener. Plus Stevia is diabetic friendly, making it a great option for those who have to watch their insulin levels. 

Rock sugar

Not for the faint-hearted, this natural sweetener doesn’t mask or distort your tea’s taste profile with additional flavors. Rather it amplifies the natural taste of your tea, bringing out the flavors of the tea leaves while pleasing your sweet tooth.

Blackstrap molasses

This is another natural sweetener that is too often overlooked. Used in the right proportion, it adds an intriguing and unique malt flavor to your tea, which has made it very popular with tea lovers in the know, especially in the southern parts of the United States.

Agave nectar

This natural sweetener goes great with stronger teas and especially iced tea, as it dissolves well even in cold water. It’s essential not to overuse it though, as it can be very sweet and overwhelm the natural taste of your tea. But used just right, it provides a fantastic and refreshing flavor you’re sure to enjoy. 

In Conclusion

Natural sweeteners enable you to enjoy tea without the excess calories from less healthy processed sugar products. Experiment and find the natural sweetener that best works for you to help you savor your tea, your way, while staying in control of your sugar intake.