The brown sugar that is purchased in the store is simply refined sugar with molasses added. The problem is that diabetics, people on keto diets, and others are becoming increasingly aware of how unhealthy refined sugar is and they are trying to avoid it as much as possible.
That is a problem because many baked foods contain brown sugar. The good news is that you can make your own imitation brown sugar that tastes like the real thing but has a reduced carbohydrate content and is much lower in sugar.
It should be explained that molasses is extracted when table sugar is refined from sugar cane. Although molasses does taste slightly sweet, there is next to no sugar left. It does, however, contain a small amount of sugar. The culprit in brown sugar that is high carb and high sugar is the refined sugar, not the molasses.
To make an equivalent that is much lower in carbs and sugar, use blackstrap molasses and stevia. Simply mix 1 cup of Stevia in the Raw or similar stevia products with 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses. Blend it in with a fork to get a thoroughly blended mixture. This can be used in any way that a cup of brown sugar can be used.
This is one step in eating fewer carbs and less sugar while still enjoying cake and cookies. I’ve used this to make cakes and cookies for diabetics. They don’t need to miss out on sweets. It just needs to be done the right way.