With the worldwide popularity of stevia, many people have included this natural sweetener into their list of grocery items particularly when it comes to cooking ingredients. Recipes using stevia can now be seen in cooking books, online recipe collections, and even in some cooking shows. One top reason why people, particularly homemakers, prefer using stevia rather than regular sugar is because of the numerous health benefits that it offers.
Not only do you get the same sweet taste on everything you cook but you also don’t have to worry about calories or carbohydrates at all. In addition, unlike other alternative sweeteners, stevia contains nutrients that not only help battle certain illnesses but also help strengthen a person’s health.
Baking with stevia may seem a bit challenging at first since most of us are accustomed to using sugar. Just keep in mind that unlike sugar, using stevia with your recipes requires only a minimal amount. A cup of sugar would equal the same sweet taste to a spoonful of stevia powder or half a spoon if you are using liquid stevia. Though you can opt for trial and error when cooking recipes using stevia, you can also find conversion charts all over the internet to help you. Of course, you can also try adding a little bit of stevia when you cook until you reach the sweetness that you prefer. With our stevia cookie recipe below, you can opt to first follow the instructions to the letter first to see how much it suits your taste. Adjusting the amount of stevia you need can come later on.
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Stevia
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon sea salt
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon white stevia powder
- ½ teaspoon vanilla flavor
- 1 cup salted butter, softened
- 1 ¼ cup chocolate chips
- Pre-heat your oven to 350oF. While waiting, you can put light grease on your cookie sheets. This will make it easier for to take your cookies off the sheet when they’re done. Set aside the sheets. If you don’t want to grease your cookie sheets, simply use parchment paper to cover them.
- Use a huge mixing bowl and sift flour, salt, and baking powder. When it turns thick and well mixed, set it aside.
- You will need another mixing bowl where you should put your egg, stevia, and vanilla. You can either beat the egg with a wooden spoon or an electric hand-held mixer. Your goal is to make it look smooth and creamy. In between mixing, slowly add butter and let it mix well with the rest of the ingredients.
- Combine your butter and flour mixture ½ cup at a time. In every addition, keep on stirring using your wooden spoon. This is to make sure that everything is mixed together thoroughly. Throw in the chocolate chips.
- On your cookie sheets, place teaspoons of the batter about 2 inches apart. Bake the cookies for 20 to 25 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
The great thing about this stevia cookie recipe is that you won’t have to stop yourself from indulging in chocolate chip cookies. Serving these as snacks for your kids is also a healthier alternative to the regular ones you bake or buy at the store. The best thing is that you don’t have to sacrifice the taste of the cookies in order to eat healthier.
Now, don’t be discouraged if you this recipe is not entirely as sweet as you would like or sweeter than what you normally prefer. As stated earlier, using stevia can be challenging, even with conversion charts at your disposal. Through time and practice, you’ll definitely be able to get the hang of it and you also get the assurance that you are serving your family with healthy yet tasteful meals every day. Stevia will surely become one staple in your household that should never be out of stock. Once you get to know your own style and tricks of using stevia, you can use it in almost anything you cook and bake.
With the kind of lifestyle we have, where we seldom look at the healthy contents of what we eat, using stevia could be your first step towards living a healthy way of life.
Category: Stevia Recipes