Easiest Homemade Liquid Stevia Extract

Liquid Stevia Drops convenient, but sooo expensive. See how easy it is to make them yourself! Enjoy this zero-calorie, natural sweetener in your beverages and baking and save money!

I’ve been using stevia for a long time now–ever since I knew that I had candida. I personally think that stevia is one of the most safe “alternative” sweeteners and I think you can grow to like it even if you didn’t when you first tried it. I know it can be hard to know how to use it, but here’s a guide to help you use stevia.

One of my favorite stevia products is liquid stevia drops.

They are little dropper bottles full of super sweetness that you can add to your favorite beverages (like sugar-free lemonade and coffee substitute) and sweet treats (like raw brownies and almond joy® bars) without:

  • feeding candida or
  • adding calories

I love them and with the amazing variety of flavors out there you can really go to town.

The only problem is, they are a really pricey.

Of course…being the type who tries to DIY or MYO processed foods like Homemade Powdered Sugar SubstituteHomemade Egg Replacer (like Ener-G)Easiest Almond MilkEasiest Coconut MilkHomemade Taco Seasoning, and Homemade Vegetable Broth, I sought to see if I could make my own liquid stevia blend.

And–it worked!

While I love all of the flavors that I’ve tried, vanilla liquid stevia remains one of my favorites.

So, it only makes sense that I tried making my own vanilla liquid stevia first.

And I was really pleased with the results!

Maybe if I work at it enough, I can come up with some other fancy flavors, but for now, this is fitting the bill.

I’ve used it in my Rich, Delicious and Healthy Coffee Substitute and it can be used to sweeten any beverage.

There are loads of low glycemic recipes that call for liquid stevia drops as well. Now you know how to make it yourself!

I know it is possible to use the stevia plant to make stevia extract, but being super busy, I wanted a super quick and easy way to do this.

Maybe I’ll venture out and try the “from plant version” next time!

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How much will you save?

Well, liquid stevia varies in cost.

This vanilla liquid stevia from NuNaturals currently costs $12.52 on Amazon.
This one from Sweet Leaf costs $9.09.

The total cost for my 2 oz bottle?  It’s a little variable and took some intense calculating to figure out, since I purchase my stevia in bulk (maybe you should too :-)?) but here goes:

Stevia extract (I currently use this brand.): $1.03
Vanilla extract (I used this brand.  Here is another brand with no sugar.): $1.05
Dropped bottle (mine was free since I saved a leftover one from stevia, but you can purchase one at Mountain Rose Herbs or on Amazon (this is a handy-dandy set of 6 dropper bottles, so you can make all kinds of stevia drop blends.)

By the way, stevia is pretty hard to measure.  These stainless steel mini measuring spoons from Amazon are super duper handy.  The 2nd smallest is the size of 1/32 of a teaspoon so you can easily measure your stevia powder.

 

Norpro Mini Measuring Spoons

Total Cost:

Without dropper bottle: $2.08

With dropper bottle: $3.58 (plus shipping on the bottle, of course, but you can reuse it.)

So if you don’t need a bottle, you can save up to 84% by making your own vanilla liquid stevia.

At these savings, I guess you won’t be buying any more liquid stevia drops, eh?  Well, with a few exceptions. There are some flavors that would be pretty hard to replicate. One of them is this really great Root Beer Flavored stevia drops. Add these to sparkling water and you’ve got a great Sugar-Free Root Beer! (The link to the drops is an affiliate link.)

root beer drops

Have you ever used liquid stevia?
If so, how?

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  1. NuNaturals has changed their formula and is now terrible tasting, so I hear, I’m very new at all this so do you have any other kind you recommend instead of the NuNaturals??
    Thanks

  2. I loved this recipe. I used the quantities and scaled down. I made Raspberry Drops with your recipe. McCormick Raspberry flavoring needs to be about 2 1/2 times more than what you use with vanilla extract though. It also needs to have citric acid to add tartness. I guess I could have used lemon juice though. I also had fresh raspberries which I smashed, sieved the seeds, and then squeezed through a coffee filter. I wanted a bright color and it gives the drops a very distinct raspberry smell. I used KAL brand stevia pre maltodextrin. The scoop that it came with is equivalent to 1 Tbsp sugar. Here is what I did:
    2 tsp Raspberry Juice or water
    2 1/2 tsp McCormick Raspberry extract
    6 scoops KAL Stevia
    1/8 tsp Citric Acid

    Add 24 drops to 1/2 C Water for a strong flavor.

    Thanks so much for this amazing recipe!

  3. DON OCONNELL says:

    YUP, in my coffee in addition to turmeric, ginger and cinnamon – all organic of course!!!

  4. Heather Wolstenholm says:

    I love this recipe!! It’s going to save so much money! I have a question though. I made this last night with THM Stevia. It was good this morning with coffee. After I got home from work I noticed it had solidified. I had it out on the counter and it wasn’t cold. Any idea why it would do this, and what I could do to prevent it?

  5. Heather Wolstenholm says:

    Yes, pure stevia. I also use a filtered water. I had it in the fridge over night and it was a little cloudy looking, but still liquid.

    • I am not sure. I haven’t kept all of mine in the fridge so I am not sure. I wouldn’t suspect it would be a problem but of course if you suspect a problem then don’t eat it :). Just needing to add that disclaimer…..

  6. Heather Wolstenholm says:

    I’m not too worried about it. I will try keeping it in the fridge. Thanks for the quick reply!

    • Sure thing! I wonder if it’s something to do w/ how the stevia combines w/ the water……I keep some of mine in the fridge but most of them were other brands I got given to me and not the homemade ones.

  7. Brenda Baker says:

    I cant wait to see what results you come up with using the raw stevia plant. I live in New Zealand and Stevia is expensive here but I do have a couple small stevia plants and have dried some leaves and so far I havn’t had much success with getting used to the flavour and using it in everyday cooking

  8. I grew my own stevia this year. It is awesome, but green. Any suggestions on what to do with it? Have used in recipes where the green color does not matter, but have a LOT of it to use. Would it work for the drops?

    • You can do the drops but I am thinking they will taste more herby. You would have to dry them and use more as the powdered extract is more concentrated. I would try to make stevia extract by steeping them in vodka or glycerine. I should buy a plant and do a post on it!

  9. Dawn Morgan says:

    I prefer a squeeze bottle (like Saline is sold in) instead of a dropper bottle. Also the Glycerite Stevia is sold in the squeeze bottle and once you use it all you can make more and refill in that bottle because it is smaller to carry in your purse. Thanks for the recipe…
    Dawn

  10. Hubby bought nunaturals nustevia at the health food store and this is the ingredient list: maltodextrin, stevia extract and natural flavors. Did he get the wrong kind? I haven’t opened it yet, so I can return it (the seal is unbroken). Thanks.

  11. This is so cool! One of the primary reasons we have yet to try the liquid is the cost… We’ll definitely be trying this, thanks for the recipe! ????

  12. I found some of my liquid stevia recently – Mango flavored and have been looking at the prices. I can’t wait to try this! I have been upping my water intake and the flavored Stevia makes it easier to drink all that good (reverse osmosis) water.

  13. I have passed on recipes calling for flavored liquid stevia because of the price. Has anyone made chocolate, cherry, french vanilla, lemon, or any other flavors. How much and what type of flavorings do you use. Thanks in advance.