When you are baking with stevia, you can forget about worrying that pastries and sweets are unhealthily tempting. With stevia, you definitely don’t have to worry whenever bolts of “craving for sweets” strike you. It contains no calories. Plus, to be metabolized by the human body, it does not rely on insulin.
Stevia is a sweetener like saccharin, neotame, and sucralose. Unlike these sweeteners, however, the plant-based stevia is an all-natural sugar substitute. It provides all the goodness of sweeteners but is an extra dose healthier! And with the variety in stevia products—from powder concentrate to liquid stevia extract, unflavored pure forms to a variety of flavors—that are easily available in the market today, you can make a whole lot of goodies using stevia.
Stevia brownies? Check. Stevia cake? Check. Stevia cookies? Check. The options seem limitless. This is especially because you can easily find stevia recipes in baking forums online. Or, you can simply convert recipes using sugar by following this sugar-stevia conversion. For instance, one cup of refined sugar is equivalent to one teaspoon of liquid stevia extract or half a teaspoon of powdered stevia.
Baking with stevia is a breeze. In fact, you can make your very own stevia brownies and fall in love with them. To start tickling your fancy for some good tasting and healthy brownies, you may start with any of the following easy-to-do recipes:
Recipe 1: Chocolate Chip Stevia Brownies
4 Tbsp. butter, unsalted
1/3 cup powdered cocoa, unsweetened and unsifted
2 whole eggs
1/3 cup unflavored stevia extract
8 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
8 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 Tsp. baking powder
2 pinches salt
4 Tbsp. buttermilk
4 Tbsp. vegetable oil
5 ml. vanilla extract
4 Tbsp. chocolate chips, semi-sweet
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Meanwhile, spray non-stick coating to an 8×8 baking pan and then set aside.
2. Melt butter and then mix in the powdered cocoa. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
3. In a bowl, beat eggs continuously until it becomes frothy. Pour in stevia extract and mix.
4. In a separate bowl, mix whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour. Add in the salt and baking powder. Then, stir in the egg mixture until evenly mixed. Add cocoa powder, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Blend well. Fold in chocolate chips, until evenly distributed, into the mixture.
5. Pour the brownie mixture into the baking pan and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until brownies pull away cleanly from the sides of the pan. Remove brownies from the oven and set aside until cool.
6. Cut the brownies into snack-size squares and serve. Makes approximately 16 servings of chocolate chip stevia brownies.
For those who prefer a gluten-free version of chocolate chip stevia brownies, they may try this recipe instead:
Recipe 2: Gluten-free Moist Chocolate Chip Stevia Brownies
¼ Cup (about 56 grams) unsweetened baking chocolate
¼ Cup coconut oil
4 Tsp. chocolate flavored liquid stevia
1 Cup unsifted gluten-free all-purpose flour
½ Tsp. baking powder
4 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
½ Tsp. salt
4 egg whites (eggs should be large sized)
8 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
¼ Cup fresh milk
½ Tbsp. vanilla extract
4 Tbsp. chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Meanwhile, spray an 8×8 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
2. Mix baking chocolate and coconut oil in a small bowl. Once melted, stir in stevia extract. Mix well and set aside.
3. In a larger bowl, combine the following: flour, baking powder, cocoa and salt. Add the egg whites, applesauce, milk, and vanilla extract into the mixture. Blend thoroughly until a smooth batter forms.
4. Combine the batter, mixture of chocolate, and coconut oil (one spoonful at a time while whisking to avoid lumps). Continue whisking until the mixture is mixed evenly.
5. Pour and spread the batter evenly into the pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
6. Bake the brownie mix in the pre-heated oven for about 25 minutes. Stick a toothpick into the center of the brownies. If it comes out clean, your brownies are done.
7. Remove the brownies from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Slice brownies into snack size squares. Serve warm. Makes approximately 16 servings of chocolate chip stevia brownies.
Try these recipes for chocolate chip stevia brownies to satisfy your craving without the guilt of munching on sugar-filled sweets.