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 Substitute, Homemade Egg Replacer (like Ener-G), Easiest Almond Milk, Easiest Coconut Milk, Homemade Taco Seasoning, and Homemade Vegetable Broth, I sought to see if I could make my own liquid stevia blend.
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.
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 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.
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!
- Pour water into a small saucepan.
- Warm over medium heat. Add stevia extract.
- Heat and stir until stevia is dissolved.
- Remove from heat. Add vanilla extract or other extract if desired.
- Pour into a small glass bottle with dropper.
- Note: There will be a little too much to fit into the bottle. Just keep it in another bottle or container and use it first. I chose these measurements for ease of use.
- Store in the fridge. Thanks to a reader's inquiry, I now know you should keep your liquid stevia in the fridge for the flavor to last longer. It won't spoil but you may need more drops to have the same amount of flavor if you leave it at room temperature. Love my readers!!!
If so, how?