Food Finds Asia | Sweet and Fit Stevia: Baking with Stevia and Fruits | People love desserts. At the end of every meal, we look forward to satisfying our sweet tooth with a decadent dessert. Meals feel incomplete without them, but we can’t have them for every meal. When we do get an amazing dessert though, it always feels like a special occasion.
Desserts are often thought of as an indulgence since they taste so good but are often quite bad for our health. That’s why we don’t have chocolate cake at the end of every meal. However, with the current trends of people trying to live healthier lifestyles, alternatives that are both great tasting and healthy are becoming more readily available.
A great place to start for finding a healthier source of something sweet is of course fruits. Naturally sweet, fruits taste great and also provide the body with much-needed vitamins and minerals. Many desserts feature fruits, but the benefits of the fruit are often overpowered by the added sugars. Thankfully, there are also natural alternatives to sugar that can add the desired sweetness without all the calories. One such alternative is stevia. In this article, discover a recipe for baking with stevia and fruits that can satisfy your cravings.
Stevia: the Healthy Sugar Substitute
Stevia is sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of a plant species called Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni. It is a branch bushy shrub that is part of the Asteraceae family that is closely related to asters and chrysanthemums. It is native to the Amambay region in the northeast of Paraguay, but can also be found in other parts of South America.
Stevia provides the same sweet taste as sugar but with no calories and carbohydrates. This immediately makes it a better alternative than table sugar in terms of its impact on the body. Instead of providing the empty calories and simple carbohydrates that added sugar does, Stevia gives room for the complex carbohydrates that provide nutrients and minerals that sugar normally displaces.
Sweet and Fit Stevia
Sweet and Fit Stevia is grown and harvested locally at the Sweet and Fit Stevia Farm in Brgy. Tambobong, Bocaue, Bulacan. According to the Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines, Sweet and Fit Stevia was the first registered stevia powder. It has no cholesterol, no calories, no carbs, and is 100% natural. Most importantly, Sweet and Fit Stevia has no bitter taste, making it a suitable substitute for sugar. Sweet and Fit Stevia is perfect for those trying to maintain a healthy diet, such as those baking with stevia and fruits.
Blueberry Muffin Recipe
- ⅛teaspoon Sweet and Fit Stevia
- 1 ½cups nut flour
- ½cup flax seed meal
- 2tablespoons coconut flour
- ½teaspoon sea salt
- ½teaspoon cinnamon
- ½teaspoon baking soda
- ⅓cup dates
- ½cup coconut oil
- ½cup sprouted nut or seed butter
- ½cup finely chopped apples
- 3pasteurized eggs
- 1cup blueberries
- ½cup optional sprouted walnuts
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line muffin pan with liners.
- In a medium-size bowl, assemble and whisk together the following dry ingredients: nut meal, flax, coconut flour, sea salt, cinnamon, baking soda, and stevia.
- Assemble and blend together, in a large bowl or food processor, the following wet ingredients: dates, coconut oil, sprouted nut butter, apples, and eggs.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Fold in the following: blueberries and sprouted walnuts.
- Drop the batter into a lined muffin pan. Bake until muffins are puffed, browned on top, and a toothpick inserted in the center of one comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes.
Where can I buy Sweet and Fit Stevia in the Philippines?
Sweet and Fit Stevia is manufactured by Glorious Industrial and Development Corporation. Sweet and Fit Stevia products can be purchased at your local Mercury Drug Store, Generika, South Star Drug, and other leading drugstores. It can also be bought at Robinsons Supermarket, Waltermart, Ever Gotesco, Landmark, and other supermarkets nationwide.
For those looking to shop online, Sweet and Fit Stevia is also available on the official GIDC website and on popular online marketplaces.
Glorious Industrial and Development Corporation
72 Nuestra Señora St. 6th Ave.
1400 Metro Manila