Sun Crystals Info and Recipe
❦ 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 ~
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 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.
A great way to have a first experience with Sun Crystals!
- 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
- Preheat oven to 375º. Grease a 9x13" pan.
- Cream Sun Crystals with butter, then add mashed bananas and eggs, beating until smooth.
- Stir potato starch, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda into the sugar mixture.
- Fold in rolled oats, chocolate chips and raisins.
- Spread batter into greased pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Dairy and Gluten Alternatives for this Recipe
Have you used Sun Crystals for baking yet?
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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