Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Stevia In The Raw Zero Calorie Granulated Sweetener
Since I’m trying to avoid sugar in my recipes, when I spotted Stevia in the Raw Zero Calorie Granulated Sweetener in the grocery store, it definitely caught my eye. For years I’ve used Splenda in baked goods, sauces, or dressings, and I’ve always been happy with it. I’ve never considered Splenda to be harmful, and still don’t (despite the occasional comments I get from the “food police” lecturing me for using it.) But I respect the right of everyone to make their own food choices (which is why I never publish those “food police” type comments). I know some people don’t want to use Splenda, and if you’re one of those people, this new product might be a nice option for you.
Just like Splenda, this new Stevia product is used cup-for-cup to replace sugar in baked goods and other recipes where sweetness is needed. I wanted to try it first in a recipe that I’d previously made with Splenda, so I used it in Low Sugar and Whole Wheat Garden Harvest Cake, and it was delicious. Since then I have used it in Low-Sugar Mango Sorbet, Spicy Sichaun Style Green Beans, Asian Cucumber Salad with Cilantro and Vidalia Onions, and Savory Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins with Green Chiles and Cheese. After the experimenting I’ve done, I’d say you could substitute this product for sugar or Splenda in pretty much any recipe and get good results.
Of course the first thing people are going to ask me is “How does it taste?” It’s sweet, and I like the flavor even when I just taste it plain, but I do confess I think it tastes best when used with a small amount of brown sugar or agave. If that’s not an option for you, try mixing it with another type of no-calorie sweetener if you want the best flavor.
Which brings us to those food police types who leave comments lecturing me on what I’m eating. I’m going to edit all my past recipes where I’ve used Splenda and add this product as an option, but that may take me a while (I have to edit it on the recipe and the printer-friendly recipe for each one.) Meanwhile if you’re a follower of the blog who’s avoiding white sugar, I’d love you to give this product a try in one of the recipes where you’ve previously used Splenda and let me know how you like it.
And for goodness sakes, if anyone believes this product is harmful in any way, please don’t buy it!I purchased this Stevia in the Raw Granulated Sweetener myself and the company has no idea that I’m writing about their product. All items featured as Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks are things I will happily buy over and over, and because I want readers to know that my opinions are completely unbiased, I no longer accept sample products of any kind. You can see the complete list of products I’ve chosen under the tab Kalyn’s Picks below the blog header.