If you are like most of us, you plan on making a few (or multiple!) holiday treats this season. It’s the time of year we enjoy fresh baked treats at parties, work, and at home with family and friends.
It might come as no surprise that one of the most important ingredients in baking is… sugar. This shows up in many forms, such as white sugar, cane sugar, brown sugar, and powdered sugar. When consumed in access quantities it is a major source of unhealthy carbohydrates and empty calories.
In this post, we'll share 3 simple recipes where we swapped sugar with SweetLeaf® products to reduce the sugar content in your favorite recipes without sacrificing taste.
These swaps are so easy you can apply them to old family recipes, your favorite food blogger recipes such as Martha Stuart classic baking, or recipes from online websites like All Recipes, delish and the Food Network. Whatever your go-to is, it’s simple to substitute sugar in the recipes you love with the same great taste.
1. Substituting Cane Sugar and Powdered Sugar
If you are new to baking with sugar substitutes it can feel overwhelming at first. But we are here to help make it simple, and delicious! By using SweetLeaf®’s new baking products you can swap the sugar cup for cup and easily sweeten homemade cookies, cakes, pies, and desserts with less sugar or make it entirely sugar free! These products are made with allulose, a natural sweetener that bakes, tastes, browns and caramelizes just like sugar. It’s so sneaky, no one will know the difference.
Here are two ways to use SweetLeaf® baking products.
- Make traditional sugar cookies with half the amount of sugar. A popular go to during the holiday season, we have our simple recipe for sugar cookies using SweetLeaf® 50% Recued Calorie Cane Sugar. Tested in our very own SweetLeaf Kitchen we found that people thought the color, taste, sweetness and texture was the same as regular sugar cookies.
- It's the perfect zero calorie sweetener. Use for Frostings, Lemon Bars, Pancakes, or Dutch Babies. SweetLeaf® indulge™ Powder Sugar is a great substitute for regular powder sugar. It has the same sweet taste and smooth texture but zero calories and zero glycemic index. If a recipe calls for powder sugar, this SweetLeaf® indulge™ Powder Sugar measures cup for cup.
2. Swap White Sugar and Brown Sugar in Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes are the most searched recipe on the internet and for good reason, they are so delicious! Here is a simple guide on how to replace the sugar in this classic cookie, guilt free.
Classic Chocolate Chip cookies are made with white sugar and brown sugar, both sugars are important because they give the taste and texture we know and love. Our team developed a Chocolate Chips Cookie Recipe that bakes and tastes like the real deal but with fewer calories and sugar. To make Chocolate Chip Cookies with SweetLeaf®, simply replace the white sugar with SweetLeaf® indulge™ Granular and the brown sugar with SweetLeaf® 50% Reduced Calorie Coconut Sugar.
Brown sugar hack: SweetLeaf® 50% Reduced Calorie Coconut Sugar and SweetLeaf® 50% Reduced Calorie Date Sugar are great swaps for any recipe that calls for brown sugar. This is because these products have hints of caramel or toffee which closely resemble the same molasses taste that is in brown sugar.
3. How to Make Classic Apple Pie without the Sugar
Did you know America’s most popular holiday dessert is the Apple Pie. Although we might feel like it’s a “healthy” choice, traditional apple pie is loaded with sugar. According to the American Heart Association, it is recommended that women consume no more than 26 grams of added sugar a day and one slice can have up to 26 grams alone!
Maybe you have a favorite family recipe or cookbook that you follow every year to make an Apple Pie, instead of sweetening with sugar you can make an easy sugar swap by using SweetLeaf® Monk Fruit Granular. Our SweetLeaf® Monk Fruit Granular measures cup for cup making this a simple substitution. If you don’t have a favorite recipe, try our Apple Pie recipe this season –no sugar, all the delicious taste!
Baking your favorite holiday recipes this season with a healthier twist and the same great taste is easy! Substituting sugar for SweetLeaf® a great way to reduce your sugar intake and overtime consuming less sugar can improve your mood and physical health. So, give it a try this holiday season!
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