Agave nectar is made from a cactus-like plant, and is one of the natural sweeteners used by many people who do not consume refined sugars. Agave nectar comes in “light” and “dark/amber.” The light agave nectar is almost completely tasteless, and I’ve been told that the dark/amber nectar tastes similar to maple syrup (I’ve never personally used the dark nectar yet). It’s about the same consistency as honey (a little thinner), and can be substituted tablespoon for tablespoon for honey. One-third cup of agave nectar can be substituted for 1 cup of white sugar. . The nectar is sweeter than sugar, so it takes less amounts for substitutions. In some recipes, you may have to change the amounts of liquid in the recipe if this substitution is made.