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Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Monk Fruit Zero Calorie Sweetener

For months now I’ve been crushing on Monk Fruit Zero Calorie Sweetener, so I’ve decided it’s time to officially add it to my list of Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks! Visit the page for Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks to see all the products I’ve featured.

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Monkfruit Zero Calorie Sweetener found on KalynsKitchen.com.

For the last few months I’ve been using a new type of zero calorie sweetener that I really like, and when I made the Low-Carb No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dessert and it was gobbled up by Kara’s kids, I knew it was time to officially add Monk Fruit Zero Calorie Sweetener to my list of Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks! In the past I had sometimes gotten bad reviews from the kids when they tested low-sugar desserts made with certain sweeteners, but this one was a winner.

Monk fruit is a plant that grows in Asia, and the fruit is nearly 300 times sweeter than sugar. It has been used in Asia for hundreds of years, but Monk Fruit Sweeteners are relatively new in the U.S. where it is often mixed with another type of sweetener, usually erythritol or inulin.

Monk fruit Sweetener has zero calories, zero glycemic index, and zero net carbs, and it doesn’t have any side effects. Months ago when I heard about Monk fruit I searched and read about it all over the web, and it seems to be universally considered to be a safe sweetener.

And best of all, I think this tastes great for a no calorie sweetener. For me the taste is closest to the taste of sugar than any other type of sweetener I’ve used, with no after taste. I do think Monk fruit is a bit less sweet than sugar, so when using it in a recipe you might need to use slightly more than you would sugar or other sweeteners.

Recipes I’ve Made Using Monk Fruit:
As I mentioned, I just discovered this a few months ago, but so far I have used it in CrockPot Sweet and Spicy Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew, Low-Carb Asian Shrimp and Brussels Sprouts Sheet Pan Meal, Asian Cabbage Salad with Sriracha and Sesame, and Low-Carb No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dessert, and the little Monk Fruit in the Raw packets have been used in endless cups of coffee!

Where Can You Get Monk Fruit Sweetener?
You can buy Monk Fruit Sweetener at Amazon.com if you don’t find it at your local store. I first bought some from Amazon to try it, but now I am seeing it in the stores where I get groceries.

More About Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks:
Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks is an occasional blog feature where I spotlight products I love. Everything featured as one of my picks is a product I have purchased myself, and because I want readers to know that my choices are completely unbiased, I don’t accept sample products from the many companies that offer to send them to me. You can see all the products I’ve spotlighted at the page for Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks.

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    15 Comments on “Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Monk Fruit Zero Calorie Sweetener”

  1. Hi Kalyn-
    I'm wondering what brand you use? I'm looking at some on Amazon but the brands (and prices!) are varied.

  2. I went out and found the monk fruit in the raw brand. So disappointed! To me it had that very strong aftertaste of artificial too sweet sweetener. I now see it is mixed with dextrose. I should have read more closely but just got the one in the picture. Maybe when I have more money I can find the one on amazon that is 100% monkfruit and it will taste better.

    • Brittany, I am surprised to hear that. I don't taste any aftertaste with the monkfruit blends, and I've tried several brands. I don't think you will ever find pure monkfruit; from what I have read it's 300-400 times sweeter than sugar so it's mixed with other things to make it easier to use. But if you do find it, I'd love to hear about it.

  3. thanks

  4. It's worth nothing that the Erithrytol and Dextrose in these products only serve to make it more as it's (on its own) 300x sweeter than sugar and a tablespoon of the legit stuff (linked below) is equal to a full cup of sugar, which basically means to make it portable, you need to carry it around like a certain white powder drug because of how little you need.

    These extra sweeteners add carbs and unnecessary chemicals to the fruit powder. Here's the one I chose. I'd love to know how you compare them. https://julianbakery.com/product/pure-monk-monk-fruit/

  5. I have been looking for something to use. I tried Erithrytol. On the front end of eating it we all loved it, but the after taste is just unbearable! Does this have that funky aftertaste?

    • I know what you mean, a lot of people like Swerve (which is erythritol, but the after taste of that is really bad for me. I don't notice that with this; that's one reason I love it.

  6. This one is completely new to me. I don't use sweetener, but the rest of my household does, so I'll give it a try. Thanks!

  7. Kalyn, thank you so much for the information about the Monk Fruit. I am having to eat gluten free and have been trying to determine what sweetener to use instead of sugar. I saw the Monk Fruit in the local store, but just wasn't sure. Thank you! I'm glad I've found your blog!! I will be back! 🙂