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Baking With Stevia
Valentine's Day or Any Day, Healthful Desserts for You and Your Sweetie
My husband of more than 35 years, Kurt, suffers from hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is another way of saying low blood sugar.
Most cases of hypoglycemia occur in diabetics taking certain medications. In my husband's case the cause is most likely an inherited tendency. Whatever the cause, Kurt reacts poorly to eating any form of sugar, be it derived from sugar cane, sugar beets, or high-fructose corn syrup.
I can live quite happily without any sweeteners at all in my diet. But Kurt has quite the sweet tooth, and several years ago he discovered stevia, a plant native to South America that is naturally and unbelievably sweet. He has been using stevia to sweeten his iced tea.
But what about baking with stevia? What with Valentine's Day coming up, I though I'd investigate and see what goodies I might be able to bake for Kurt as we celebrate our 39th Valentine's Day as a couple on February 14, 2012. This webpage will offer you three recipes for baking with stevia: white chocolate chip cherry cookies, apple crisp and carrot cake.
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baking with stevia
Stevia can be purchased in either powdered or liquid form. The chart below is an easy-to-follow guide to converting a sugar-laden recipe to a recipe using healthful stevia as a sugar substitute.
Stevia is available in powder form or liquid form. Here is a basic conversion chart:
Sugar ------------ Powdered Stevia------------- Liquid Stevia
1 cup--------------1 teaspoon-------------------1 teaspoon
1 tablespoon-------1/4 teaspoon-----------------6 - 9 drops
1 teaspoon---------1/16 teaspoon----------------2- 4 drops
Better yet, try one or more of the three baking-with-stevia recipes below.
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Wonderful White Chocolate Chip-Cherry Cookies Serving Size: 2 cookies. Total Servings: 13 (26 cookies) (excerpted from Sensational Stevia Desserts by Lisa Jobs)
2 large eggs
3/4 tsp. stevia extract (minimum to add, add more based on sweetness preference)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup (1 Â½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups unbleached flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 cup unsweetened dried cherries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350Â° F. Place parchment paper on two cookie sheets. Beat eggs, stevia and vanilla extract with electric mixer. Add butter and blend well (The mixture will not "cream" as it does in traditional sugar recipes, rather the butter will be separate from the eggs. However, it will incorporate when dry ingredients are added.).
Sift flour, baking powder and salt, then add half to egg mixture. Mix well. Add the balance of the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Dough will be thick. Process dried cherries in food processor until in large bits. Fold chips and cherries into dough mixture.
Shape into 1 1/4" balls and press down with hand until about 2" flat onto baking sheets. Bake for 10 to12 minutes or until bottom of cookie becomes slightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
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Stevia with added punch - Vanilla...Yum and Raw Stevia...Hooray
A touch of vanilla makes everything sweeter!
In the raw! whoo-hoo!
Apple Crisp - baking with stevia
(Excerpted from Stevia: Naturally Sweet Recipes for Desserts, Drinks and More!, Book Publishing Company by Rita DePuydt )
7 to 8 cups chopped apples (peeling is optional)
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
1 to 1 1/2 tsp powdered stevia leaf or 1/2 tsp powdered stevia extract
2 tbsp whole wheat flour
3 tbsp natural peanut butter (optional)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup apple juice or blend
1 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup chopped nuts and seeds
1/4 tsp powdered stevia extract
3/4 tsp stevia concentrate
2 tablespoons oil
Preheat the over to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 13" baking dish.
Place the apples in a large mixing bow. Stir in the lemon juice. Mix the vanilla, stevia leaf or stevia extract, flour, peanut butter (if using), cinnamon, and salt into the apples.
Pour the fruit juice into the bottom of the dish. Spoon in the apple mixture.
Mix the oats, chopped nuts and seeds, stevia extract, and stevia concentrate together in a bowl. Sprinkle and stir in the oil. Spread the topping over the apples so it is evenly distributed.
Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour. If the topping gets done before the apples, cover pan with foil the last 15 minutes of baking.
Option: Topping substitute: 1 1/2 cups of granola. Mix 1/2 cup of the granola into the apples, and spread the rest on top. No need to add stevia sweetener or oil from topping recipe above - granola already has sweetener and oil.
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Carrot Cake - baking with stevia
(Excerpted from Stevia: Naturally Sweet Recipes for Desserts, Drinks and More!, by Rita DePuydt, Book Publishing Company )
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
6 ounces crushed pineapple with juice (one 8-ounce can)
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp powdered stevia extract
3 tbsp date sugar
2 eggs, warmed to room temperature and beaten
1/3 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1/4 cup soymilk or milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp maple flavoring
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups grated carrots
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup unbleached white flour
2 tbsp soy flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Oil an 8 to 9-inch springform pan or a 6 x 10-inch cake pan.
Soak the coconut in the pineapple and juice. Use all the juice from an 8-ounce can of pineapple but only 6 ounces of the pineapple. Set aside.
Soften and cream the butter in a large mixing bowl. Cream in the stevia extract and the date sugar. Gradually cream in the beaten eggs. Don't worry if the butter separates.
Thin the yogurt with the soymilk or milk and add to the butter mixture. Mix in the vanilla and maple flavoring. Stir in the walnuts, the coconut-pineapple mixture and the carrots.
Sift the flours, leavenings, cinnamon, and salt together twice in a separate bowl.
Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, stirring just until blended. The batter will be stiff.
Spoon the batter into the cake pan, and bake for 1 hour. Cool in the pan.
Release the pan and top with Cream Cheese Frosting (following).
Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces soft cream cheese
2 tbsp soymilk or milk
1 Â½ tbsp lemon juice
Finely grated rind of Â½ lemon
1/3 tsp to Â½ tsp powdered stevia extract (to taste)
1 tbsp honey
Soften the cream cheese with the milk in a bowl. Beat in the lemon juice, lemon rind, stevia extract, and honey. Whip until thoroughly blended and creamy.
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Stevia - powder form: baking with stevia
As someone who has lived with diabetes for the past 11 years, I've done quite a bit of research to find a healthy (and cost-effective) alternative to sugar to satisfy my cravings for something sweet when the occasion arises, and it arises more often than not! I discovered Stevia 3 years ago and after trying every brand imaginable I settled on this one as a viable option for the foreseeable future. (amazon customer review courtesy of Henry Patel.)
Stevia Recipe Books on Amazon - baking with stevia
Stevia - liquid form: baking with stevia
SweetLeaf SteviaClear Liquid stevia use to sweeten food or beverages,adjust to taste 2 drops are as sweet as 1 tsp sugar and 1 tsp of steviaclear is as sweet as 1 cup of sugar. Contains purified water,pure stevia leaf extract,grapefruit seed extract. It's a natural dietary supplement. (Product description courtesy of amazon)
Vote Early and Often - cookbooks featuring stevia
Do you have a favorite cookbook that features recipes for those with diabetes, hypoglycemia or who are on a low-carb diet? Vote for one listed here or feel free to add your own choice.
Learn All About Stevia - baking with stevia
Here are some links to help you learn lots about this plant native to South America. Kurt and I tried growing our own stevia plant several years ago. We learned the hard way that at our latitude, stevia is not a perennial.
- Stevia Information Online
Stevia.com is the leading online resource for information on stevia, the all natural herbal sweetner, and and stevia products. Discover Stevia recipes, cooking tips, cookbooks, and history of this amazing sweet herb.
- Stevia information from wikipedia
Wikipedia gives you a good, overall background on the natural sweetener, stevia.
Which dessert should I choose to bake for Kurt? - baking with stevia
It's a given that I'll bake the wonderful white-chocolate cherry chip cookies for Kurt. He's always loved cookies, even when this picture of the two of us was taken back in 1974.
But what additional dessert should I bake for him this Valentine's Day? My dear readers, I am in a quandary and I need your help! Now!