This review is long overdue! I decided to write this post after trying another terrible tasting brand of stevia yesterday, in a fit of desperation. Desperation to do some low carb baking, here in my hometown for the week, without my beloved stevia…
NuNaturals makes the ONLY non-bitter pure stevia extract I have ever come across (and I’ve tried many!), free of fillers. It’s by far the BEST brand of stevia extract, used in all of the dessert recipes you see on this blog.
The trick to making delicious sugar-free sweet treats with stevia is simply using the proper amount. Less is more. Some of the sweetness in stevia “bakes out,” so you must make the batter a bit sweeter (almost to the point of bitterness) than you want the baked good to be. The trick to getting the best flavor with stevia is to combine it with another natural sweetener. Stevia alone does not yield the best results in many applications. In baked goods, I pair it with erythritol, because erythritol imparts some of the textural properties of sugar. Erythritol has none of the side effects of the other sugar alcohols (ingesting reasonable portions). You must taste as you go when working with stevia. You officially have permission to eat the dough!
I get NuNaturals Pure Stevia Extract at my local Whole Foods for $8.99 for 1 oz, and online at iherb.com for $8.39. If you don’t bake as much as I do, it’ll last you quite awhile! Considering it only takes 1/16th of a teaspoon of pure stevia extract to sweeten one mug of creamy (organic!) coffee with no calories or carbohydrates, it’s a pretty sweet deal. Interestingly enough, my tastebuds have grown to like stevia so much that sugary sweets now have an “aftertaste.” I’m considering investing in the large size container at some point. How many healthy cupcakes could THIS bad boy make?
The Oregon based NuNaturals company sent me a sampler package ages ago, which I happily worked my way through. Here are some of their other tasty offerings:
Alcohol Free Stevia! This tiny dropper bottle is ideal for tucking in your purse. Perfect for sweetening a cup of coffee on the run!
Stevia packets! Ditch the pink, blue, and yellow. Go for the purple!
And just to tempt y’all, here are some upcoming treats. Am working on that chocolate peanut butter pie, which is going up this weekend! Promise.
Chocolate Pudding Pie with a PB Cookie Crust
Fruity Sherry Cake (Grain-Free)
Share your experiences with stevia! What brands/methods have worked for you?
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Information on Sea Salt @ Mark’s Daily Apple
Breakfast Casserole Recipe with Sweet Italian Sausage @ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Askinosie Chocolate Giveaway @ Nourishing Days