Sugar Substitute (Homemade Truvia®)

If you're on a low carb diet this DIY Sugar Substitute Recipe like Truvia is a great way to save money and avoid the additives in the store bought brand. There are "natural flavors" in the Truvia that I would rather avoid for sure.

I’ve been using low carb sweeteners for awhile now–ever since I found out that I had candida. I was a complete sugar addict, but really had to break the habit and start using sweeteners like stevia and other low carb sugar substitutes.

But sugar substitutes like Truvia® and others can have additives included, and they can be pricey.

I’m always trying to find ways to make a healthy diet more affordable, so I’ve developed recipes for Homemade Liquid Stevia Drops, Sugar Free Chocolate Chips,  Easiest Coconut Milk, Homemade Coconut Butter, and more.

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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 or other toxins.  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!

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.)  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?

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    Speak Your Mind


  1. I try to avoid the Stevia powder because I have heard they use chemicals to make it into powder. I use the liquid regularly, though.

  2. That is great news! Thanks for telling me.

  3. I so enjoy your site and appreciate you, so when I ask this question, I hope you will take in a positive light. Do you feel confident sugar alcohol (erythritol, xylitol) isn’t going to cause other long term issues? It’s a refined substance, after all, taken from fruits (if I recall correctly) and I wonder if using in large doses for things like baking, and apart from it’s counterparts in the fruit, if it’s just like anything else refined and harmful effects just haven’t been figured out yet. We regularly consume xylitol in our mints, so I’m not standing to the side judging. I have a genuine concern for you, for me, for all of us. I also know you have more serious health reasons than I for avoiding regular sweeteners which makes it all very difficult. I just don’t know if turning to another processed substance is the right choice. What do you think?

    • I completely understand. This is something that I really want to post on. I think that personally, the issues w/ the sugars are more numerous than those w/ xylitol and erythritol. I think it’s best to limit sweet foods in general. But that being said, it is really hard to not eat any. I think that it’s a good idea to vary foods, and alternative sweeteners too so that if there is a problem with one, you have limited your exposure. I think these two are good options for me and erythritol has little to no digestive effects. The others, like sorbitol, etc., are horrid in that respect. And I don’t eat Nutrasweet, or its cousin, Neotame. So, I hope that helps you know where I am at with it all. I recommend coconut sugar to those who can handle it but I can’t myself. I so appreciate your comment. These are questions I have had to deal w/ myself. Some days I feel I overdo the sweet thing and other days I have nothing. I tend to mainly use stevia extract.

  4. Erythritol is made by fermenting the natural sugar found in genetically modified corn. Much better option is lakanto. Lakanto is a delicious combination of non-GMO (not genetically modified) erythritol and the naturally sweet fruit, lo han guo (called the “longevity fruit” in China and has many of the same health benefits as erythritol).

    • I just double checked – the erythritol that I use is guaranteed non GMO. So I am very happy with what I am using. Thanks though!

    • I have purchased Lakanto. It is not as sweet and it does not bake as well. I gave it a good try and used it in many recipes. It just does not impart much sweetness at all. The family gave it a big “thumbs down”.

    • I bought some Lakanto because I am on a super low carb diet to bring my pre-diabetes under control. I love stevia but had to take a break from it for a while as anything I eat all the time, I tend to develop a sensitivity to. However, when the Lakanto came, I found it has 4 gm carbs per teaspoon, same as sugar. I am wondering if you know if it is ok to use on a low carb (I’m talking super low!) diet, or does it count just like sugar? I haven’t even opened the package yet, it has been sitting on the counter for weeks! Thanks.

  5. Oh that’s a great news! What brand of erythritol do you use?
    Thanks so much!

  6. You mention Truvia and then later “pure stevia”. The only pure stevia I know of is to grow your own (it’s easy to grow!), dry the leaves, and grind your own. Or, if you must purchase, purchase “Stevia IN THE RAW”. It is my understanding that both Truvia and Purvia are processed with ethanol.

    • I meant pure stevia is the pure stevia extract. It is extracted from the stevia plant using only water and has no additives. Does that help?

    • Hi Grace,

      I found stevia seeds online and would like to try growing my own. A few questions:
      1) Is one plant enough or do you need several?
      2) What’s the best way to dry the leaves?
      3) What do you use to grind the dried stevia leaves?


      (PS And thanks Adrienne for the recipe and great website! My second time here in two days. I think I’m hooked!)

      • Hi Laurel. I will be interested in hearing the replies. My thinking is you would:

        1. depends on your usage but you could just use one.
        2. A dehydrator is the best if you plan to dry other things as well. Not being pushy, but if you want one I have the best deal on the web.
        3. A coffee grinder.

        You are soooo welcome. Make sure you subscribe to my blog so I can see you more often :). There’s some really good stuff coming.

  7. Melissa Sloki says:

    Thanks for such thoughtful post. Sugar really make some people in trouble.

  8. My first visit here (came from Foodie Friday) — I eat low-carb and sugar-free and am thrilled to read this post. I do a lot of LC, SF baking. I’ll be back :)


  9. Is there an after taste at all or do the baked goods taste different? I just found out the I have candida issues and am trying to figure out a sugar substitute that tastes good.

    • I find that when you combine the sweeteners (use several at one time) you get a really clean, sugar-like taste. I just made Dairy-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake bars with this sweetener combined with stevia (hope to share the recipe soon), and we all thought it was great. I do think xylitol works well too. Use just one of them and the results are OK but not as good. Xylitol is the one you can pretty much use alone, but it does cause some digestive upset in some folks. Let me know what you think!

  10. Sheila Simmons says:

    Where can you find Stevia extract?

  11. This sounds like a delicious frugal substitute for more expensive sweeteners. Thank you for sharing this post with us at Hearth and Soul!

  12. I am hoping this post will get a little attention and someone may be able to help.

    I am planning on baking quite a bit of desserts in the next week and around Christmas. Something in the way of pounds and pounds of treats so the cost is really starting to add up, into the hundreds of dollars.

    Maybe someone can help me with the math if you know.

    It seems comparing the cost of the following get the same sweetness of 1 cup of sugar, Xylitol, Stevia and Erythritol.

    WOW Erythritol is for sure the most expensive then Xylitol is about half as much but still approx 10 times the cost of an equal amount of sweetening power of Stevia.

    Anyone else ever do the math and figure it out? Maybe I figured it wrong. I was going by approx $8/lb Erythritol $4/lb Stevia and $80/lb for Stevia extract powder. All when purchasing in bulk.

    Also I was figuring Xylitol 1:1 for replacing sugar. Erythritol 70% as sweet. Stevia 1 teaspoon = 1 cup of sugar.

    Thanks for ANY help.

    • Mike, for the stevia extract I typically think of 1/32 or 1/64 of a tsp being = to 2 Tbsp sugar so I think that to get 1 cup of sugar it’s more like 1/4 tsp. I see all kinds of measurements out there so it really perplexes me but that is one that is out there. Does that help?

      • Thank you for the info.

        Then that makes it doubly WOW how much less Stevia is for sweetening. I have always used 1 tsp Stevia to equal a cup of sugar.

        That would make Xylitol approx 20 times as expensive as sweetening with Xylitol.

        It is HARD to believe it is that much of a price difference. I have done the math 2 times but I could definitely be way off.

        I am however VERY happy with your new link to Luck Vitamin for Erythritol now I don’t feel bad using your Stevia/Erythritol recipe.


        • Great! I use mainly xylitol and stevia but the gastrointestinal issues are less w/ the erythritol. That link is an affiliate link and I think you get $10 off for using it. Not sure. I am not always up on my affiliate stuff, but that’s good b/c I just recommend what I like – not what will make me the most $. I’ve been using them for years.

  13. Sorry, meant to say $60/lb for Stevia. I used $8/lb for Erythritol. Adrienne I see you used a $5.76 figure and $5 to your door for bulk.

    I followed the link to Amazon and maybe the price went up it looks to be around $8. If you have a link to a place for $5 including shipping I would love to have it.

    Thank you!

  14. YES for sure thank you Adrienne!

  15. NuNaturals is changing their formula, if anyone notices a change in taste, you can email or call the company.

  16. thank you for this – I have Candida – it was pretty much under control but lately I have been having issues with IBS flaring up & cravings for my special baked goods. Was thinking I was eating too much of my allowable flours, nuts, seeds etc. Now I realized that these problems started after I started eating Xylitol in my baking, What an eye opened – THANK YOU! I had no problems with Stevia but wanted the “bulk” I will leave out the Xylitol for a while & see if things calm down :)

  17. Quick question- In your post, the links are for “NOW foods erythritol”, yet you say that you use Global Sweet. Do you know if NOW foods is non-GMO as well?

  18. I have made this recipe and found erythritol to be a bit too much of a laxative for me. I now use regular vegan granular sugar, erythritol, and the stevia.

  19. Thanks for linking this up at Trim Healthy Tuesday! I know a lot of ladies are going to find this very helpful.

  20. Is the liquid stevia chemically processed? Thanks for all of your great information and recipes!

  21. I think this would be ok using stevia leaf powder…the mix wouldn’t be as green. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Of course erythritol should not pose any digestive problems! The intestinal bacteria don’t recognize it as food and therefore bypasses the digestive process. If one arises, it could be from the blending of other ingredients in the erythritol for sugar-like properties. Coca-cola and Cargill are not “dumb” in putting it in their Truvia which is marketed under Cargill.

  23. Linda Brown says:

    Several comments on the iHerb website for NuNaturals Stevia Extract indicate that they have reformulated the product or gone to a different supplier. The 5-star comments end in May 2013 and the 1-star comments begin in June 2013. Have you tried the new product? Will the Wisdom Naturals, Sweetleaf product work as well in the baking blend?

    Thanks for providing all this information!!!

    • Linda Brown says:

      Oops, I just farther up in the comments and found the reformulation question was raised last June. Has the Wisdom Natural been reformulated?


    • I don’t know…but it should – you just might need more. I don’t think WN has reformulated. All stevias are a little different.

  24. Be careful w/erythritol.. it causes explosive diarrhea for one of my kids. Mercola had a great article about it.

  25. Hi,

    I wanted to ask for clarification… the section where you actually show the “recipe” for making your substitute, in parentheses you compare it to the Truvia Baking Blend but your recipe seems to be just standard Truvia alone whereas the Truvia branded Baking Blend actually has sugar in it as well……so am I correct that your recipe is for the standard Truvia sugar substitute and not the baking BLEND? This is imperative as the reason why the baking blend was created was bc Truvia alone will not brown like sugar and will not lead to some of the natural reactions in baking that are granted by sugar (I learned this by using straight Splenda once and also straight Truvia to make cookies and they didn’t flatten and rise….rather they just stayed as balls that were basically inedible)….just wanted to verify so I can be very clear of what I’m working with and how I need to manipulate recipes to use your substitute. Thank you!

  26. Hello
    Thank you for posting this. Silly question, but I’ve been following a low-glycemic plan called THM. Many of their recipes uses Truvia. With this homemade concoction am I measuring as Truvia or Erythritol?
    Many thanks!!

  27. Hi! I was wondering if you drew inspiration for some of these recipes from my website, Healthy Indulgences? This recipe appears to be quite similar to the one I posted in February of 2012.. :) I have the same measurements for erythritol and stevia (1/4 cup erythritol + 1/8 teaspoon stevia) in my Homemade Truvia.

    If you didn’t draw inspiration from my site, no worries. It’s wonderful to see other bloggers baking with sugar-free sweeteners! Keep up the amazing work!

    • Hi there, Lauren. I’m glad you reached out. I honestly don’t remember if I looked at your site or not for the recipe. I do think that I saw it on several sites, but I don’t remember now which ones. I tried to make it and used what I liked. I am totally fine linking to your site if you would like. I remember hanging around your site years ago but as life has gotten busy I haven’t been reading as many blogs. I do recall that I really enjoyed several of your recipes, though I am not sure that I made any of them, I was sure drooling over them.

      I did just look on the internet again and I see one recipe in a forum, another on a different site, published in 2014, called “Counting Our Blessings”.

      Actually I am not using erythritol at the present time b/c I am off of corn, so I miss it :)

    • Hi again. I published my reply before I added everything I wanted to. I didn’t sleep great last night and am little bleary eyed.

      In any case, I really try hard to give other bloggers credit where it is due so I completely understand where you are coming from. I know I have featured you in at least one of my roundups (I think it was your Cadbury Eggs in an Easter Roundup??) but again, am happy to cite you if you’d like.

      I really hope you are well – and maybe we both should reach out to the gal at “counting our blessings”. :).

  28. Katrina says:

    Hi! So I know this post and many of the comments are not recent. I can’t seem to find any good prices on the erythritol. I’m sure prices have gone up since this article was written, but I’m just wandering where I can find the best price? It’s almost as expensive as just buying the Truvia. TIA! :)

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