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
3 tbsp coconut butter (opt but highly recommended!)
dash sea salt
1 tsp nutmeg
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