Homemade Sugar-Free Maple Syrup

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If you have a sweet tooth and are missing maple syrup, there is good news - you can easily make your own keto-friendly maple syrup! I avoid artificial sweeteners so using existing products was not an option. The recipes I've found resulted in grainy texture and didn't taste like the real deal.

For this recipe I used Sukrin Syrup just like like in my Homemade Sugar-Free Honey - this time not Sukrin Clear one but Sukrin Gold. The result tastes perfect, has smooth syrupy texture and you'll only need two ingredients that you simply mix together!

Sukrin Syrups are made with prebiotic fibers called isomaltooligosaccharides (IMO). IMO are a healthier option to sugar and can be used in moderation. However, I wouldn't recommend them for those with severe blood sugar issues. You can read more in my review of Sukrin products.

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Nutritional values (per tbsp/ 20 g/ 0.7 oz)

1 grams 12.9 grams 0 grams 0.1 grams 0 grams 32 calories
Total Carbs13.9grams
Net Carbs1grams
of which Saturated0grams
Magnesium and potassiumtrace

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (86%), protein (0%), fat (14%)

Ingredients (makes ~ ½ cup)


  1. In a jar, mix Sukrin Gold Syrup with maple extract (I used 1 tablespoon but you can use more or less to taste). Homemade Sugar-Free Maple Syrup
  2. Mix until well combined and store in your kitchen pantry sealed with a lid to prevent it from drying. Homemade Sugar-Free Maple Syrup Use just like maple syrup - in smoothies or drizzled over pancakes and waffles :-) Homemade Sugar-Free Maple Syrup

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By Martina Slajerova
Creator of KetoDietApp.com

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (20)

This was left on an amazon review..
I'm not touching it...
I already got a bad headache from another artificial syrup
Beware: This will spike your blood sugar
ByS. Jacobon May 19, 2017
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Disclaimer: I bought this directly from Sukrin, and not from Amazon.
I wish I had taken the time to read through all the disclaimers further down on their website before purchasing, or had read this Amazon description first before consuming it. They claim it's good for low carb diets, but I vehemently disagree based on how immediately my son's blood sugar spiked.
My son has type 1 diabetes and I'm always looking for sugar alternatives that are more natural. I thought this would work. IT HAD A TERRIBLE EFFECT ON HIS BLOOD SUGAR. I dosed it for the total carbs minus fiber (which is what we do with everything he eats).
We saw an immediate and rapid spike in his glucose levels, after what we thought was meticulously counting carbs.
I would urge you not to buy this if you are Type 1, Type 2, on a ketogenic or low carb diet of any kind. I'm frankly upset that any of us ate it- as it seems to respond in the bloodstream like straight sugar.
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Anthony, thank you for your insights, especially for mentioning your son's experience! However, one point that I'd like to clarify is that it is not an "artificial" product/syrup. I wrote a review that explains the effects of IMOs. I'm sorry this happened to you but I did include a warning in this post. Some people experience spikes in blood sugar while others do relatively well with IMOs and can use them while following a low-carb diet: Product Review and Giveaway: Sukrin


My husband and I have been enjoying Sukrin Gold on our pancakes and waffles since I first read it about it on your website last summer.  It's delicious and you certainly don't need much!  Last weekend, I had some erythritol-sweetened whipped cream left over from a dinner party I'd hosted a few nights before.  Wanna know what's really good??? A Keto waffle, with some aforementioned whipped cream and a sparse drizzle of Sukrin gold and topped with a blackberry or two. Oh my! What a treat!


Just wondering about the maple extract - is it gluten free?


Yes the one I used (see link) is gluten-free 😊


What about the main ingredient isomaltooligosaccharides(IMO)? it says it is derived from starch, which is wheat, corn... so this can't be gluten free.


Although different types of starch may be used to produce IMO syrup, it is made with prebiotic fibre and it's gluten-free.


Hi Martina, Where did you get the syrup from in the UK?. I cant seem to find it anywhere, unless you had it shipped from the US? Many thanks, Jo


Hi Jo, yes, these were shipped to me from the US - they are not available in the UK :-( I'll ask Sukrin when/if they are planning to sell them in the UK and will mention it in my review!


Any idea how I can use Sukrin gold (the powder) to make this?  I live in Canada.  We can get the powdered Sukrin gold but not the syrup.


I think that may be possible. My guess would be that dissolving it in water + adding some glucomannan powder may help. This is just a guess and I may need to experiment with more ingredients to achieve at least similar result (maybe something like this: Keto & Paleo Caramel Sauce).


I guess I'm a bit wary of this isomaltooligosaccharide syrup for 2 reasons. One is, that I've had bad gut reactions from prebiotic fibers like inulin. I'm not sure whether it was due to being soooo "out of balance" compared to how I feel now after 6 weeks of eating LCHF and Keto. I'm nervous to test it.
My second concern is that over the many years that I've been low-carbing on and off many sweeteners have become darlings and then were found to not live up to their promise - for example, agave, brown rice syrup, and yacon syrup. I long for something like maple syrup, but I'm afraid to trust something that sounds so perfect!


Hi Karalane, prebiotic fibers are, indeed, not recommended for those with severe GI issues so it may not be ideal for you. When it comes to effects of isomaltooligosaccharides on blood sugar, individual testing is highly recommended - IMO sweeteners may cause spikes in some cases. I've been working on a post that will explain this in more detail and I plan to post it on my blog later this week or early next week.


Update: I've been working on a review that analyses the effects of syrups with isomaltooligosaccharides (IMO). Unlike fructooligosaccharides (FOS), they are less likely to cause gastrointestinal issues. However, IMO are not suitable for those with blood glucose issues. I'll get into more details in my review.


Thank you for this idea.  What I have found is the basic idea can be used with any flavoring.  After seeing this blog, I looked to see if I had any maple flavoring ... low and behold I did not.  So I tried it with a Huckleberry flavoring I had, using the Clear Sukrin.  When I can get to the store, I am picking up some maple flavoring and using it plus a butter flavoring I have to make an imitation MRS. BUTTERWORTH'S syrup.


I've never tried butter flavoring so I'll have a look online - I'm curious to see what it's made of 😊


Is there a big difference in taste between Surkin clear and gold? I have 3 bottles of VitaFiber syrup (seems very similar to Surkin fibre syrup clear) that i've been trying to figure out what to do with and this might be it! Do you think this would work with the clear version or does it have to be the gold syrup? Is there something else I can add to the clear syrup to get a similar taste?


Hi Elisa, the difference is just in taste - just like the difference between brown and white/regular sugar substitute. You can use either - you can always add more maple extract but I bet it will work well too 😊


Speaking of syrup and honey,I just found this:  https://www.beefreehonee.com/
Definitely NOT sugar-free, but seems to hit that ethical sweet spot for some.  I think I'd rather have your syrup!


Thank you! Hope you like it 😊


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