Sucanat is a sweetener that is composed of sugar and molasses. The manufacturing process typically separates sugar and molasses into separate substances, but sucanat has both. Sucanat is beneficial for someone trying to eat healthier because it retains the vitamins and minerals present in sugar cane and has fewer calories than white or brown sugar.
Sucanat undergoes less processing, has fewer or no chemicals (if grown organically) and is more nutritious than white sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.
The sugar cane plant is processed to extract the sugar and molasses, which are left together in sucanat. This produces a moist substance that is dehydrated to form little crystals of light brown sucanat.
Sucanat resembles brown sugar, but is much healthier. Brown sugar is simply white sugar with some molasses added back for color versus the sucanat that retains the full nutritional value of molasses.
The manufacturing process binds the sugar and molasses granules naturally, making it easier to dissolve, even in cold liquids.
Sucanat might also be labeled as evaporated cane sugar.
Sucanat is sweeter than sugar, so you might need to adjust recipes that call for white sugar, based on your taste preference.