Sugar Free Desserts Using Stevia Sweetener
Sometimes it’s hard to find diabetic desserts. Convert dessert recipes into sugar free desserts with Stevia sweetener, a natural sugar substitute.
Diabetics and hypoglycemics are always looking for sugar free desserts. And sometimes it’s hard to find diabetic dessert recipes, especially vegetarian, vegan or gluten free.
But more and more people, especially vegetarians, are becoming conscious of the unhealthy effects of processed sugar and looking into natural sweeteners. As you move into a vegetarian diet, and your body becomes healthier, you are more sensitive to foods that don’t promote good health – and sugar is right up there at the top of the list!
When I first went vegetarian, I discovered that my cholesterol level had jumped up (probably from all the cheese I was eating) and my pancreas was aching from too much sugar. I went off sugar for three years and was able to curb the hypoglycemia for many years to come with just an occasional sugar treat.
Recently I found out the hard way how sensitive I am to sugar. I had a birthday cake and because so many of my guests were off sugar, I ended up with a lot of cake. So I had one piece of it every day for a week. And at the end of the week I came down with a cold. I could see how the sugar intake weakened my immune system to a point where I was more susceptible to illness (I hardly ever get sick).
But from time to time I still get those intense sugar cravings and I have found a way to satisfy them without resorting to refined sugar. I make sugar free desserts with an herb called stevia, which is a natural sweetener. It has taken some time to find recipes that are easy to adapt but where there’s a will there’s a way! And stevia is much healthier than the artificial chemical sweeteners that the food industry promotes
One of my favorite easy sugar free desserts is apple pie. Substituting stevia sweetener for the sugar the recipe calls for is simply done by taste. The important thing to remember about stevia is that it is highly concentrated. A tablespoon of refined or cane sugar is equal to about 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon of stevia. Usually I just sprinkle some into the apple mix because the apples are naturally sweet. You can do this with just about any kind of pie.
As an example, our Savvy Vegetarian recipe for Vegan Deep Dish Apple Pie calls for 1 cup of sugar. But you could use 1 to 2 teaspoons of stevia instead. I have also perfected the substitution in our Oatmeal Raisin Cookies recipe. The texture is different from the original cookie but it still tastes great. Again, I sweeten it to taste. These are just two examples of how to turn regular recipes into sugar free desserts.
Note about taste: As you decrease your intake of refined sugar, your tolerance for sweets declines. So you won’t need to use as much sugar for it to taste sweet to you. That’s why I only sprinkle it on some dishes. Experiment yourself with other dessert recipes and find ones that suit you. And enjoy better health with sugar free recipes.
Jeannette Koczela, Savvy Vegetarian