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Sun Crystals Info and Recipe

Updated on May 20, 2016
No matter what you call it, the plant is a great natural sweetener.
No matter what you call it, the plant is a great natural sweetener. | Source

❦ The Best Stevia Sweetener: Sun Crystals is a Winning Combination


It’s hard to believe that there are people who still do not take today’s warnings about artificial sweeteners seriously. It is impossible to understand, really.

Doctors are continue to sound the warnings, but a large segment of society continues to ignore the risks that artificial sweeteners pose to their health, including the indications that they often increase weight gain in the long run.

Out the long list of concerns, insomnia, which is on the rise, is the latest warning I've read about. It's so sad because taking the risks for any of the concerns is so unnecessary for people today.

Products like Sun Crystals make eating even our desserts healthier by combining cane sugar and stevia. The benefits of both can work well together in many recipes.

There is no need to buy and use artificial sweeteners with healthier products so readily available!

Sun Crystals is One of the Newest Safe Sweeteners


Honey has been a well-known and safe sweetener since time began, and agave nectar came to be widely-known and popular over the last 15 years.

There are a few other natural sugar substitutes, as well, but when stevia hit the market it quickly began making public headlines and word of mouth advertising turned into a wildfire.

~ Stevia (Sweet Leaf) Plant ~

Stevia has elongated oval shaped leaves with serrated edges.  Its dark green leaves can be used raw or dried for storage.  Refined stevia is white, much like refined sugar.  Beware, equal amounts of processed stevia to sugar is distasteful!
Stevia has elongated oval shaped leaves with serrated edges. Its dark green leaves can be used raw or dried for storage. Refined stevia is white, much like refined sugar. Beware, equal amounts of processed stevia to sugar is distasteful! | Source


sugar in half and then adding enough stevia to equal out the other half was not always the perfect solution.

If you know anything about stevia, too much of this herb does not give you the extra sweetening effect that too much sugar gives. Too much stevia is just plain awful, so a first taste of too much is why some people have an instant aversion to it. Stopping to figure out how much sugar, then how much stevia to use in a recipe is sometimes tricky, particularly if I am in a hurry.

A smart-thinking somebody came up with the solution in Sun Crystals. The cane sugar and stevia are pre-combined. From my own previous experiments I'm sure it's not half and half, but whatever it is, they've figured it out correctly. This product is one of those “I wish I’d figured that out” ideas.

The people who know about these things can continue trying to track down the facts on other sweeteners. I’m fine with using this two-ingredient product when I am baking. There are more recipes available on the Sun Crystals website but the dear girl I mentioned above posted the one below.


Sun Crystals is the Sweet Supplement


As various forms became available, the FDA approved stevia as a supplement rather than a sweetener. While there may be some health benefits directly attributable to stevia leaves people wanted it for their lemonade, not their arthritis or their bronchitis. New stevia (or sweet leaf) containing products like Sun Crystals brand continue to be developed.

Truvia is one of my favorite brands. With an added fruit scent and flavor due to that company’s manner of production, this stevia product has an extra-pleasant aroma. I loved it right away in any fruit dessert, fruit salad or fruit drink, as well as in most teas, but not in my coffee. I didn’t use my raw home-grown stevia in my coffee, either, preferring sugar, so it was no big deal.

However, concerning questions soon came up about Truvia. These issues seem to be resolved one day, and reinstated the next. I’m still fine with using it because what I’ve read doesn’t present a problem to me. I can say that as time has gone by I’ve come to wonder why I haven’t seen the questions directly addressed by the company, although that does not mean that there is a problem with Truvia.

Even though I like Truvia, when I was introduced to Sun Crystals by a brilliant, beautiful, and precious young woman this past week I didn’t hesitate to take a second look. (This delightful description of her has nothing whatsoever to do with stevia products, it just happens to be a fact. And, since she's my daughter, I can say it with authority!)

In reading about Sun Crystals I was quite pleased because stevia alone will not create that wonderful brown color we expect from our baked goods. Sugar is needed for that job, but I had learned that cutting the

Monkey Bars

A great way to have a first experience with Sun Crystals!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Sun Crystals sweetener, sweet leaf/sugar mixture
  • 3/4 Cup butter, softened
  • 1 Cup bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Cup potato starch
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 Cups raisins
  • 1 Cup chocolate chips, dark

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375º. Grease a 9x13" pan.
  2. Cream Sun Crystals with butter, then add mashed bananas and eggs, beating until smooth.
  3. Stir potato starch, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda into the sugar mixture.
  4. Fold in rolled oats, chocolate chips and raisins.
  5. Spread batter into greased pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
5 stars from 1 rating of Monkey Bars

Dairy and Gluten Alternatives for this Recipe


Keep in mind that replacing the milk and butter with alternatives like almond milk and coconut oil, as well as replacing typical flours with gluten free flours would work well in a recipe like this. Also, flax eggs are a great substitute if you want to go dairy free for any reason.

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Stevia Info:

Find Sun Crystals on Your Market Shelves


Check out the Sun Crystals product and make your comparison with the other stevia products that are now available. Don't miss the opportunity to check out a novel product!

You might also give growing stevia a try just for the fun of it. I've had good success with growing this fun plant, including surprising guests who were unfamiliar with sweet leaf. :)


There is no need to buy and use artificial sweeteners when healthier products so readily available! Why take the risk?

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❦ Don't You Think Sun Crystals is a Great Idea?!

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    RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

    Joe Macho:

    You are welcome--thank you for stopping by with your input.

    The products will get you by, but next year you'll enjoy growing sweet leaf plant and surprising visitors with its sweet taste. Let us know if you try it in a new recipe!

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    Zach 6 years ago from Colorado

    Thanks for clearing up a few things about Stevia for me. At the beginning of summer I passed over this herb because I wasn't familiar with it. I wasn't sure how sweet it would be or how to use it. I'll have to give the products a try. Plus your recipe sounds great

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    RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

    Helpful Hanna:

    Don't know how I missed your note, but thank you for coming by with your kind comments. So glad this was helpful to you!

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    RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

    Appreciate your stopping by and commenting. Hope you enjoy sun crystals when you try them!

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    Dianne Tyndall 6 years ago from Sanderson, Texas

    Sounds wonderfully delicious, thank you rated up and useful!

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    RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

    Hope you can give it a try soon, thoughtforce.

    Am glad this was informative for you.

    Thanks much for coming by with your note.

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    Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

    I have never heard of Sun Chrystals nor Stevia before so this is very good information for me. I will se if I can find some here! Thanks.

    Tina

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    RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

    Appreciate that, Chatkath! Thanks for coming by with your input!

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    Kathy 6 years ago from California

    Great Hub RT, I would really like to try this recipe too, sure sounds good! Thank you for sharing!

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    RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

    KoffeeKlatch Gals:

    So glad you found this helpful!

    I appreciate that you stopped in with your input. Thanks!

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    RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

    Some questions have been raised about xylitol, for sure.

    So glad you found this info helpful.

    Very much appreciate that you came by and left your note. Others may not be aware of what you shared.

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    Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I haven't tried Sun Crystals yet. Now I believe I will. Great looking recipe, one I'll have to try. Rated up and useful.

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    Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Thanks for the information about Sun Crystals. It’s hard to find a healthy sweetener that tastes good and works well in all situations. My favorite sweetener for cereal and coffee is xylitol, since it has several health benefits, but it’s expensive and also dangerous for dogs. Since there are two dogs in my family I really need a different sweetener, and I certainly don’t want to use an artificial one. I’ll look for Sun Crystals in my local stores.

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    RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

    That would absolutely just be wrong! :) So glad this was helpful to you.

    Thank you bunches for coming by and leaving your note!

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    graceomalley 6 years ago

    Thank you for this - I was wondering how to use stevia in baking, and didn't want to ruin batches of cookies on experiments. That would just be wrong.

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    RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

    rpaulis:

    Just remember, with stevia, start small and work up to the taste that suits you! :)

    Re the artificial sweeteners...the government wouldn't let them sell it if was harmful, right?

    Thanks kindly for stopping in and for leaving your input!

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    RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

    Hi tebo:

    I'm just getting ready to research the topic of artificial sweeteners and weight gain. There's more to it than I thought.

    I think you are right re the rolled oats, but I think it is wheat gluten that many people are concerned about. That would be a good topic to research, too.

    Thanks much for stopping by and leaving your input!

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    rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

    I have not used Stevia before but would like to experiment with this herb. I too find it amazing how many either choose to ignore the health warnings or simply just are unaware of the harm these artificial sweeteners cause. Great hub, voted up and useful!

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    tebo 6 years ago

    Strange how those artificial sweeteners can cause weight gain. I have heard that before. I think you will find that rolled oats contain gluten though. Stevia sounds like a good addition to the pantry. Interesting hub

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    Helpful Hanna 6 years ago

    With so many sweeteners, it's hard to know what's best. Thanks for the info. Great hub!

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    RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks, H., for stopping by and letting me/us know about the product you use. I'll be looking to try that soon I hope. Let us know how the Sun Crystals compares. If you do a hub about it let me know so I can link it to this one.

    Always appreciate hearing from you!

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    Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    I have found a product by Boresha Coffee that is wonderful, low glycemic and no after taste. It is granulated and my child loves it. I like the Sun Crystals idea and will look for it and give it a try.

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    RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

    Appreciate very much that you stopped by and left your note!

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    Elena@LessIsHealthy 6 years ago

    I like the recipe ,thanks.