I’m SUCH a strong believer of balance…and of having your cake and eating it too. I love baking, having cups of chai with friends, and baking warm and moist chocolate brownies.
For me, a healthy lifestyle should be simple, accessible to all, and delicious. So why should we miss out on brownies?! There are so many ways to make your favourite treats more healthy and low-calorie- and this is just one of them.
What is Stevia and SteviaSweet?
Commonly known as sweet leaf or sugar leaf, stevia rebaudiana is a widely grown plant, which belongs to the sunflower family, native to Central and South America. It’s leaves have been used for many years in different cultures and added to drinks to sweeten them.
With no calories, no sugar and no carbohydrates, SteviaSweet’s GI score is 0. It’s great for diabetics as well (of which my father in law falls into this category).
There’s a few things to take note of when using SteviaSweet as a replacement for sugar in your baking.
Stevia as a general rule is very sweet; sweeter than sugar in fact, meaning that you need a lot less to achieve the same tasting result. SteviaSweet is the no exception.
A little goes a long way, so you must adjust your recipe accordingly.
It’s simple enough to do as well; simply make your recipe up to the part where you need to add the sugar. Now measure out the equivalent to SteviaSweet
- 1 tsp sugar = 10 drops of Liquid SteviaSweet or 1 tsp Granulated SteviaSweet
- 1 cup sugar (250g) = 5 tsp of Liquid SteviaSweet or 1 cup of Granulated SteviaSweet
As you’re using often using less SteviaSweet than sugar (especially in the liquid form), you will need to use the equivalent amount of something else to make up the volume, such as flax meal, LSA, or chia seeds (great as egg replacers anyway), yoghurt, mashed banana or even stewed apples (of course, depending on the recipe).
Combine and follow the remainder of the instructions.
You can replace any of the coconut sugar or other sweeteners I use in my recipes this way, and to replace in any of my raw desserts, simply omit the coconut syrup and use SteviaSweet mixed with some warm water instead.
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Note: This is a sponsored post, however all opinions, and words are my own.