Sweetening desserts with stevia seems like a good idea…
After all, what's not to love about a sweetener that has no calories, no glycemic impact, and no risk of making dessert stick to your hips?
Until you take that good idea and put to practical use…
Then, you realize that stevia-sweetened desserts are just that — a good idea. In practice, not quite so easy or tasty as you'd imagined, right?
Why Is It So Difficult To Use Just Stevia?
There are a couple of things to consider when it comes to using only stevia for sweetening desserts.
First, there's the issue of bulk.
When recipe calls for a cup of sugar, and it only takes 1/4 of a teaspoon of stevia to attain the same level of sweetness, how do you make up for that entire missing cup of mass in the recipe?
Well… you don't.
Second, the aftertaste can be off-putting.
The most common complaint with any form (liquid extract or powdered) of stevia? The aftertaste!
It's bitter to many people. And even if it's not bitter in your lemonade or iced tea, it's often bitter when paired with chocolate or after baking.
Finally, use recipes written with stevia before branching out to create your own.
As with any new kitchen adventure, it's helpful to begin with a road map rather than setting out on your own, not knowing where you might end up.
If you're brand-new to stevia-sweetened desserts (or if you just haven't found a winner yet), it's helpful to begin with already-written recipes instead of just trying to convert your favorite chocolate cake to stevia-only. (Because that's a recipe for “I'm never sweetening anything with stevia again!”.)
Whether you're attempting a Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle with Real Food only, trying to stabilize your blood sugar, or simply hoping to eat less sugar, this post is for YOU.
17 successful, stevia-sweetened desserts that actually taste GOOD so you can experience just how tasty this challenging sweetener can truly be — when used correctly.
With enzymes and probiotics and only stevia and the natural sweetness of blackberries, this tangy-sweet cheesecake ice cream is a luscious and healthy dessert (or breakfast!) option! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Dessert doesn't have to look like cake and frosting, brownies, or cookies… Something as simple as a blueberry muffin can suffice, especially when you get out of the habit of having extremely sweet things! Via EatBeautiful.net.
Juicy watermelon and refreshing mint come together in a light and lovely sorbet that's sure to satisfy a craving for something sweet and cold!
Perfectly portioned cheesecakes in jars are so easy to make! You can grab one and go whenever the need strikes! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Yes! Yogurt absolutely CAN be dessert when it's lightly sweetened with stevia and topped with dark chocolate and crunchy almonds!
No need to visit the coffee shop for expensive, overly sweetened fraps. Make this colorful Unicorn Frap for yourself and know you made an excellent choice for your body! Via TodayInDietzville.com.
Mmmmm, ginger and spice and all things nice!
Nothing more beautiful and simple than a berry pudding parfait. And no need to feel guilty about the sweetness either! Via HealthfulPursuit.com.
Decadent? Check. Rich? Check? Full of sugar? No way!
Do you love those gold-wrapped truffles, too? Now, you can make your own version with ZERO sugar! Via SugarFreeMom.com.
If it's lemon pudding you crave, this lemon-y treat is exactly what you need!
An allergy-friendly pudding that's sweetened with only stevia is perfect for Trim Healthy Mamas! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Nourishing sprouted brown rice becomes oh-so creamy in your Instant Pot! The sweetness comes from stevia, blackberries, and peaches, with an amazing probiotic ginger drizzle to add a tasty tang!
The healthy fat in avocados plus enzymes in soaked seeds makes this sugar-free dessert a real winner! We dare you to find a more allergy-friendly dessert! Via WildernessFamilyNaturals.com.
Did somebody say “Mounds Bar”?! How about this version… without the high fructose corn syrup? Via TheNourishedCaveWoman.com.
Why yes, yes you can enjoy a berry-licious summer dessert without all the sugar! Berries and stevia make a great pair!
Do you prefer stevia-sweetened desserts? Are you avoiding sugar to follow Trim Healthy Mama, heal your gut, or stabilize your blood sugar? Share your stevia experiences below!
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