One of the hardest things about low carb baking is the finding sugar substitutes – and paying for them.
There are tons of options on the market and most of them are, well – expensive.
Today I am going to share with you a way to make Homemade Truvia and do low carb baking without the high ticket price.
Why Use Alternative Sweeteners?
The truth is, I would much rather be writing about using honey and maple syrup, and the like for sweetening.
I love natural sweeteners, but they just don’t love me. And honestly, there are so many folks with candida that this is something we all should be careful about – eating too many sweeteners, that is. I will be posting more about this later.
For me, and for any of you out there who have sugar metabolism issues, or candida, you know what I am talking about.
Anything that affects your glycemic index or that feeds candida is off limits.
So since going sugar free I have had to find other ways to sweeten drinks or baked goods.
I use pure stevia extract for beverages like Sugar Free Lemonade and Rich and Delicious Coffee Substitute, and for many treats that aren’t baked, or for dishes calling for just a small amount of sweetener.
But when you are making a recipe that requires the bulk of a granulated or liquid sweetener for its makeup, stevia extract just won’t cut it.
You could go out and purchase Truvia, or other sugar substitutes, but then you would be paying about $10-$16 per pound! Yikes! And there are other issues involved too.
Now there is a way to make your own sugar replacement that won’t raise your glycemic index or feed candida.
And it costs a whole lot less.
Reasons to Make Your Own Sugar Substitute
1. Control over ingredients – Have you noticed that those pre-made sugar substitute baking blends often have Natural Flavors listed on the label? That term, “natural flavors” is a catch all that can include things that basically are MSG. Not something I wish to be ingesting or feeding to my family on a regular basis.
The packaged baking blends often have tons of added fiber too. I have read of folks having tons of — well, not so great after effects from eating them. I know erythritol isn’t as natural as honey, but it is:
- zero calorie
- zero glycemic index
- little to no digestive issues
UPDATE: A reader asked in the comments about erythritol. I confirmed that my source uses all non GMO sources.
You can use clean stevia extracts. A lot of stevia extracts on the market are produced using chemicals. Not so with NuNaturals or Wisdom Naturals. Those extracts are extracted with only water. That’s why I use them (and they also taste better!)
2. Better taste. When using alternative sweeteners, you get a much better taste by blending sweeteners. You will find that your resulting sweet treats taste much better when using more than one kind.
3. Save money (see the details on how much you can save below).
4. Save Storage Space - As with all DIY food items, the more you can use basic ingredients to make your own pantry staples, the fewer things you need to buy because you have all the raw ingredients you need – right there!
Sugar Substitute like Truvia
Makes 1 cup
1 cup erythritol
1/2 tsp stevia extract powder
1. Combine ingredients in a bowl.
2. Store in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Use as a 1:1 replacement for sugar in baking and otherwise.
NOTE: Of course, if you are going to be using this for baking, you will want to make more of this and keep it in a container.
How much can you save?
Just after a quick look on Amazon, erythritol & stevia baking blends sell for between $9.99 and $15.74 per pound.
You can buy
erythritol on Amazon for $5.76 per pound. (I actually purchase it in bulk –yes, I buy EVERYTHING in bulk — and get it for about $5 per pound, delivered to my door.) UPDATE 12/17/12. Looks like that price is no longer good. At Lucky Vitamin it is $5.34 per pound if you buy the 2.5 pound bag. This is one of my favorite retailers.
And I purchase stevia extract powder on Iherb in a money saving 1 lb container (and get $5 off your first order with my referral code: RUR466)
So – if you make your own sugar substitute / stevia baking blend, you can save up to 67%! Good deal, eh?
Interested in other Processed Food Replacements? How about –
- Powdered Sugar Substitute
- Powdered Egg Replacer – like Ener-G
- Easiest Coconut Milk
- Easiest Almond Milk
- Homemade Rice Milk
- Homemade Marshmallows (sugar free option)
- Easiest Dairy-Free Condensed Milk
- DIY Vanilla Liquid Stevia
What sweeteners are you currently using?