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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Stevia Recipes

           So it's a new year and I know people around the world are making resolutions about losing weight or eating healthier. Most of us have, at one point or another made a resolution about getting fit, losing weight, or eating healthier. If you haven't cut out those nasty fake sugars such as Splenda or other sugar substitutes, that is a good way to keep your resolution.

           You might ask 'How will I live without my sweets every now and then?' You don't need those over processed sweeteners. Nature has provided us with a plant called Stevia. Stevia is a natural sweetener, meaning from the moment you pick a leaf off the plant it's sweet!


           Stevia powders are becoming more and more popular, but not many people understand what it is or how to use it. Let me answer a few questions I've gotten recently. Stevia is naturally 10x sweeter than sugar. If you're looking for a ratio One Teaspoon of Suede Hills Green Stevia Powder=approx. One cup of sugar. So the next time you look at the price tag remember that!

           Stevia is in fact a 0 calorie sweetener, and can be baked with. Here are a few stevia recipes that are delicious and will help you keep the weight off! Stevia is diabetic and hypoglycemic safe. Stevia has even been shown to help prevent plaque!

Mint Carob Mousse:

In a food processor add 3 large avocados, 2 T extra virgin coconut oil, 8 Medjool dates, 2 T mesquite (high protein sweetener yeah!), 3/4 tsp green stevia, 1/2 cup raw carob powder, 1 tsp peppermint oil, dash sea salt. Blend until smooth.

I poured it into a pie plate sprinkled with ground flax seeds mixed with a bit of water for a crust.

Cashew Chocolate Mousse

Soak 1 1/2 cups cashews then blend with 1/2 - 3/4 cup water (add gradually), 2 tbsp lucuma powder, 1 tbsp mesquite, 1 1/2 tbsp cacao powder, 1/2 tsp organic green stevia, 2 tbsp coconut sugar or maple syrup. Blend in a blender until well combined into a whipping kreme like consistency.


Pair with strawberries or raspberries with a mint leaves

Decadent Chocolate Sauce

Simply mix: 1 tbsp of raw cacao or carob powder, 1 tsp tahini or almond butter, 1/2 tsp coconut oil, 1 tsp maple syrup, 2 tsp of water, 1/8 tsp organic green stevia with a dash of cinnamon. 

 Optional: add 1 tsp mesquite powder + 1 tsp filtered water.

RAW VEGAN EGGNOG

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups almonds

  • soaked for 8 hours

  • 3 cups filtered water

  • 3/4 t Suede Hills stevia

  • 1/8-1/4 cup maple syrup (dep on desired sweetness) or replace with 4 - 6 Medjool dates

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • pinch clove

  • 3 tbsp coconut butter (opt but highly recommended!)

  • dash sea salt

  • 1 tsp nutmeg

    Directions:

    Add almonds and water in to a blender for 2- 3 minutes. Strain the almond mylk using a nut mylk bag or fine mesh strainer. Pour the almond mylk back into blender and blend with ingredients to make a delicious, healthy 'for you and planet' holiday drink

     

    Chocolate Avocado Mousse

    Blend 1 avocado with 2 tbsp yacon syrup, 2 tbsp raw organic cacao powder, 1/4 tsp Suede Hill Stevia, 1/2 tbsp mesquite powder.

     

    Recipes thanks to:

    Julie Beyer, For the Love of Food
    julie@loveoffood.ca
    loveoffood.ca
    facebook.com/fortheloveoffood

     

     

 

 

1 comment:

  1. Love the new blog! It looks great and I love the introduction. I don't know the first thing about being completely raw, but that eggnog recipe sounds divine.

    Best of luck in 2011 and beyond.
    Namaste

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