Baking is a wonderful pastime many of us enjoy, especially as a way to spend time and connect with family. Yet, baking sweet treats frequently can bring a lot of extra sugar into your life. While everything in moderation does little harm, not everyone can freely reach for the homemade cookies. Maybe your doctor told you to watch your sugar intake. Perhaps this year you made the resolution to cut down on processed sugars. Whatever your reason for limiting sugar is, fighting off a sweet tooth can be difficult.
The good news is you really don’t need to stop your baking adventures just because you’re cutting down on sugar. There’s an even sweeter thing on the block and it’s ready to enhance your confection creations and your health: stevia.
Here are some easy ways you can use stevia when baking:
1. Learn the conversion
Oftentimes in baking, using substitutes for standard ingredients might require slightly different measurements to get the same effect. Same goes for using stevia as a substitute for sugar. Depending on the form of stevia, you may have to convert the amount of sugar your recipe calls for. But before you worry about pulling out your calculator and dusting off those math skills, we made it easy for you:
Check out our Stevia Conversion Calculator. We have a chart. We have a calculator. Plus, frequently asked questions so you have all the information you need to start your journey toward a sugar-free kitchen.
Don’t even want to worry about doing any conversions? You’re in luck. SweetLeaf Better Than Sugar literally measures 1:1 with sugar! How easy is that?
2. Sprinkle in some sweetener
The best thing about going sugar free? It’s not that hard. Once you know the stevia-to-sugar conversion, it’s as simple as swapping out your conventional sugar for stevia sweeteners. With our Stevia Shaker Jar, you can grab and sprinkle into your baking mixture. Or grab a bag of Granulated Better Than Sugar and give grandma’s classic chocolate chip cookies an upgrade without sacrificing the taste.
3. Upgrade your frosting
Homemade frosting usually contains a bunch of powdered sugar mixed with butter or cream cheese. This is a very easy place to start eliminating a lot of conventional sugar from your kitchen. You don’t even have to change the recipe; simply replace your usual powdered sugar of choice for SweetLeaf Powdered Better Than Sugar. Now your classic frosting is zero sugar and zero calories.
And if you want to flavor your frosting, don’t despair. Sweetleaf Stevia Sweet Drops allow you to bring the flavors you love into your baked treats without adding unnecessary sugar.
4. Step up your whipped cream
Whipped cream is another place where unnecessary sugars can sneak into your baking. With stevia, you can still enjoy this tasty topping with any worry. Using our Vanilla Sweet Drops, you can have delicious cream in just a few easy steps, ready to dollop on your fruits and desserts.
SweetLeaf Sugar-Free Whipped Cream:
1. Freeze bowl of stand mixer for 20-30 minutes before making the recipe.
2. Pour heavy whipping cream into the frozen mixing bowl.
3. Mix heavy whipping cream until you get stiff peaks.
4. Add 10-15 drops of SweetLeaf Sweet Drops into the mixture.
5. Gently fold drops into the whipped cream.
6. Enjoy as a topping to your favorite dessert!
5. Bonus! Bring healthy sweetness to breakfast
We know, not technically baking, but another great place to go sugar-free!
For those days when you’re craving something sweet in the morning, like pancakes, waffles or french toast, you don’t have to shut down the craving and begrudgingly make some spinach and eggs. Sure, you can do that, or you can use the power of nature to make your sweet breakfast a whole lot healthier: Stevia Syrup.
Drizzle on some classic maple or flavored stevia syrup over your buttery flapjacks and enjoy! Now you can start your day happy and guilt-free.
Plus, Stevia Syrups are just as useful in baking. In any recipe that calls for maple syrup, you can use this sugar-free, heart healthy alternative.
We hope you enjoy these tips to create a more sugar-free kitchen at home! Have other ideas of how to incorporate stevia into baking? Submit a Recipe! We can’t wait to hear how you’re going sugar-free and using stevia to enhance your life.
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