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Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Stevia In The Raw Zero Calorie Granulated Sweetener

Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener found on KalynsKitchen.com

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 SorbetSpicy Sichaun Style Green BeansAsian 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.

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    59 Comments on “Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Stevia In The Raw Zero Calorie Granulated Sweetener”

  1. Andrea, glad you like it too. (And how I wish we had Trader Joe's in Utah, sigh.)

  2. I've tried several different brands of stevia, and all the brands that are pure stevia without any kind of filler taste uber sweet to me. I don't care for them at all. I tried Trader Joe's stevia, which is mixed, and it's not nearly so sweet. Then a couple months I spotted this same bag of stevia at our neighborhood Harris Teeter and bought it. It tastes pretty much the same as the TJs stevia. I only use it to sweeten my tea, so it will last me a very long time. Good stuff!

  3. Dave no worries, and to each their own. Stevia is a natural food though so I bet if you checked with your doctor they would say it's ok.

  4. Kalyn, purely anecdotal, just me…

    I had LOTS of health issues pre-blogging. I had a $300 a month drug habit to keep my asthma and blood pressure under control. Once I started blogging, I paid more attention to ingredients. I made a decision to eliminate ingredients I can not pronounce. meaning chemicals.

    Under Doctor advice, I am drug free and have been for almost a year. BP on the high side of normal, but down considerably from pre-blogging. Asthma is completely gone. I weigh just about the same as before.

    I use real sugar, occasionally honey or Agave. With great respect and with the understanding that this is just me, no studies, no idea if it would work, there are worst things than being heavy.

    I promise to LOVE your next post


  5. I love hearing from others who have tried this and liked it.

    I do want to be clear that to me this tastes completely different than any other Stevia product I've tried. I don't notice any "off" taste or anise flavors in this. I never liked Stevia before, so I was happy I liked this so much.

  6. Do you find that Stevia has an anise taste or quality to it? My mother in law ruined my husband on all things anise (fennel, stevia, etc.) so I wonder if he maybe has a false memory or if it really tastes like that?

    Glad to see it has made its way into your pantry!

  7. I'm glad to read your opinion on this since I too have not liked any of the other Stevia I've tried. Just yesterday I read another article that ranks this as the best sugar substitute on the market. With that double whammy I think I need to give it a try!

  8. I just bought some of this on Monday night and I love it already. We had been using stevia liquid and stevia packets while on another diet plan and I wanted to stay on it while we change over to the Phase 1 of South Beach. It's just super easy to use! So far I've tried it in drinks, and as the sweetener in my rhubarb sauce (we use that as a greek yoghurt topping since we aren't allowed fruit on P1, and it's great along with the Phase 1 allowed granola topping! Thanks for featuring this! Brenda C.

  9. We switched over to using Stevia years ago and haven't gone back. Mostly for our coffee sweetener but also in baking items. I love it!

    • How much Stevia would you use in this recipe? I am assuming 1 cup would be way too much since it is way sweeter than sugar.

  10. My husband recently decided to remove artificial sweeteners from his diet, even Splenda. He's been using sugar, but I get concerned because he is so used to the sweet taste from the artificial sweeteners that he tends to use a lot more sugar than normal. I had been thinking about using Stevia, but have also not been a fan of the packets. Thank you for posting about this Stevia product! I may be picking some up on my next grocery trip!

  11. I haven't tried Stevia yet. Glad you like it!

  12. Emmyw, not sure if it's sold in England, but you might be able to get it online. Worth the trouble, in my opinion.

    Elaine, I agree; to me this is much better than Truvia. I really like the taste.

    Bev, interesting that they call it "zero calorie" when it does have a few calories, but still it's pretty low. Glad you like the blog!

    Lydia, I do think you would like it.

    Carolyn, I hated the little packets too. This tastes so much better.

    Chris, I think I've become a fan too.

  13. I love using Stevia. My chiropractor told me about it, and I personaly feel it it much better for me than Splenda and the other non sugar sweeteners. I tried one brand and did not like it, so I tried another and I love this one. I put it into my coffee that I take with me to work everyday.
    I like to bake with it too. I am a Stevia fan!!

  14. Thanks Kalyn for informing us about this product. I have tried Stevia that I got from the health food store and really loathed it. Gave the box of little packets away. But now you've given me a reason to try this brand. And I agree with Kristen — the food police have no influence over me! By the way, did I mention how much I love, love, love your blog!

  15. This is a product I've never tried, but on your recommendation, I'll go search for it. I don't use much sweetener, but my husband does like it in his morning coffee.

  16. I checked their website. For those counting carbs or calories, this product has 98 calories per cup (2 per tsp) and that would net about 25 carbs/cup. Still that's way lower than sugar and probably on a par with Splenda cup-for cup. Both are mixed with maltodextrin.

    Not a complaint, merely informational. Thanks for your great website.

  17. Kalyn, this is my favorite sweetener. I use it every morning in my coffee and I put it into my oatmeal and plain yogurt! I love it. And I think this tastes better than the other Stevia sweeteners, like Truvia. Truvia is blended with erythritol and Stevia in the Raw is blended with dextrose. It just tastes better to me.

  18. I wonder how wideley available this is in England – we have splenda but I don't like just how sweet splenda is so have always tried finding other ways to add sweetness into my recipes. I will have to see if I can get some and give it a go!!!

  19. Kirsten, I certainly don't either, but this is a good option for people who don't like Splenda. I'm wondering if you tried this one or a different Stevia, because I hated all the other ones I tried but loved this type.

  20. We also have been using Splenda for years now. I like it. I have been on a cleansing for two weeks, they told me to use the Stevia. I still prefer the taste of Splenda. Who cares about the food police? I don't!