Stevia Cooking Tips
The possibilities are endless when it comes to cooking & baking with Stevia.
Since stevia can be heated up to 400 degrees you can use it in your next batch
of cookies or in that special birthday cake you bake.
Below is a list that will help you to substitute stevia in your foods that
you prepare and use everyday. There is always a healthy substitution; it just
takes a little creativity to pull it all together.
Instead of Sugar:
- Stevia is the best alternative to sugar. Replace 1 cup sugar for
1 tsp liquid stevia, or 1/3 to 1/2 tsp. stevia extract powder, or 18-24 packets.
Stevia is very sweet, please refer to the comparison chart for other equivalency
Instead of Chocolate: 1 ounce or square
- It is so easy to cook and bake with unsweetened chocolate. Just add a little
stevia to sweeten the recipe.
Recipe: 3 Tablespoons unsweetened, un-roasted cocoa powder
plus 12 drops stevia liquid.
Instead of Chocolate, semisweet: 1-2/3 ounces
- Recipe: 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate plus 12 drops
Instead of pre-made Apple Sauce:
- Next time you are at the grocery store be sure to walk right past the pre-made
apple sauce and over to the fresh apples. Making fresh apple sauce
is extremely easy and fun, and by making your own you know you are getting
quality sauce with no-sugar and no-preservatives.
Recipe: Easy Apple Sauce
2-3 drops liquid stevia.
Cut apples and pears into tiny pieces. Throw all ingredients in the blender
along with the stevia and blend well. To mix things up try adding your favorite
fruit, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries etc. Cranberries work nicely
in this recipe around the holidays, good luck.
Instead of pre-sweetened Yogurt:
- The same goes for yogurt, pass right by the sweetened yogurts and grab
the plain instead. It is so much more delicious and rewarding
when you make your own fruit and yogurt cups. You can add sweetness
and flavor to plain yogurt when you add flavored liquid stevia and fresh
fruit chunks. You can eat your yogurt without guilt, knowing that there
is no added sugar or artificial sweeteners in this sweet snack.
Instead of Plain ice-cubes:
- Your ice-tea has never tasted so good! Add the liquid stevia to your ice-cube
trays and sweeten your tea as you ice it. Add two drops of liquid stevia
to each compartment in the ice-cube tray. On a hot summer day this
refreshingly sweet treat will cool you from the inside out.
Instead of Sugary Popsicles:
- Make your own popsicles for the kids with fresh fruit chunks and stevia.
If you don’t have plastic Popsicle holders you can use little cups,
or even the ice-cube tray. Use your favorite fruit of the season, chopped
into tiny pieces, equal parts water and stevia to taste, the kids will love
this homemade treat.
Instead of Regular Butter:
- Substitute Apple Butter made with stevia instead of regular butter for
a special treat that will keep your taste buds satisfied.
Easy Apple Butter:
7 cups applesauce
7 tsp stevia clear liquid
¼ cup vinegar
1 tsp. cinnamon or allspice
Combine all ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Bring to boil on high heat and
turn down and let boil for 15 minutes; stirring occasionally. Pour into jars
and seal at once.
Please remember when cooking and baking with stevia that for every
1 cup of sugar that is replaced by stevia there should be 1/3 cup of a liquid
or other “bulk” added to the recipe. The liquid is needed to
create the bulk affect that the sugar normally would. A few liquid substitutions
- Apple sauce
- Apple butter
- 100% Fruit juice: apple, pineapple, grape etc.
- Fruit puree
- Egg whites
Any liquid that pertains to the recipe will work just fine, for example,
use extra banana puree for the liquid in a banana bread recipe.
Luck and most of all have fun!