Stevia Sweet Recipes

Stevia Sweet Recipes: Sugar-Free--Naturally!
by Jeffrey Goettemoeller
196 pages, 160+ recipes, Lay-flat spiral binding
Square One Publishers, ISBN 1-890612-13-8
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Stevia is an herbal sweetener which, in its extracted form, is over 200 times sweeter than sugar! Non-glycemic, safe, and virtually calorie-free, Stevia offers a healthy, natural alternative to cooking with refined sugar or artificial sweeteners. 

This book by Jeffrey Goettemoeller offers health-conscious readers over 165 creative recipes, developed in the Goettemoeller family kitchen, using Stevia as the sweetener. Learn how to incorporate this amazing herb into your own recipes and begin to sweeten your cookies, cakes, pies, puddings, jellies, jams, salads, sauces, and main courses the natural way -- with Stevia! British artist Susan Cavaciuti adds 25 illustrations to this reader-friendly recipe book. Learn about stevia and the author and by reading his article, "My Sweet Life with Stevia." Contact Square One Publishers about wholesale purchasing of this title.

 

The Stevia Sweet Life

 

            It sounds too good to be true: a super sweet herbal extract with no calories. Stevia rebaudiana, also known as sweet leaf, honey leaf, or sweet herb, is all this and more. Stevia is a South American plant packed with super-sweet glycoside molecules, mainly stevioside and rebaudioside. Glycosides are common in plants, but those in stevia are unique for their incredible sweetness, 200-300 timessweeter than cane sugar. The whole leaf is up to 15 times sweeter than cane sugar. Can something so sweet be good for you? You bet! Stevia is calorie free and does not cause swings in blood sugar levels, making it safe for people with diabetes and hypoglycemia. Stevia also inhibits the bacteria that cause plaque and tooth decay. No wonder stevia is used in mouthwash and toothpastes, adding a pleasant flavor. Whether you are looking to cut back on sugar, lose weight, or control blood sugar, stevia can make it easier naturally. 

            People have consumed stevia for centuries where it grows wild in subtropical South America. Having banned certain artificial sweeteners due to health concerns, Japan started using stevia glycoside extracts in the 1970’s. To this day,Japan uses stevia in all types of commercially available foods and drinks, including baked goods, cereals, and ice cream. No ill effects have been reported during this long history of stevia use, and numerous studies show no health problems related to human consumption. Stevia use has spread to many countries around the world. Production and consumption is especially strong in Southeast Asia. In the United States, stevia is not yet allowed in commercially available food products, but is sold as a dietary supplement. 

This all sounds great, but how can we actually use stevia in our favorite foods and drinks? Being so much sweeter than sugar, it’s obvious you can’t just substitute stevia for sugar straight up. That’s why I wrote a recipe book, “Stevia Sweet Recipes: Sugar-Free – Naturally!” with 168 Goettemoeller family recipes for all types of foods, including drinks, pies, cookies, cakes, puddings, jellies, jams, salads, sauces, frozen desserts and main courses. This book delivers the very best results from hundreds of trials using whole, healthy ingredients. These recipes helped our family practically eliminate sugar and other high calorie sweeteners from our diet. I’ve found stevia helps me deal with cravings for sugar. I’m satisfied by a stevia sweet treat in place of the sugary kind. 

What issues come up developing stevia recipes? Unlike aspartame, stevia is heat-stable. With a good recipe, it works in most foods. Dry stevia products also have a long shelf life at room temperature. Use at the table and in beverages is simple. Just add a little at a time until the taste is right. It takes persistence, however, to adapt complex recipes for stevia. Because of its astounding sweetness, very little stevia is required. Other ingredients must supply bulk normally provided by sugar or other sweeteners. Sometimes bulk can be supplied by increasing or adding other ingredients like flour or applesauce. In addition, the small amount of stevia must be distributed evenly throughout the other ingredients. This usually means adding stevia to dry or liquid ingredients before combining the two.

Another challenge is the taste of stevia itself, especially with Green Stevia Powder. Ingredients must be selected and adjusted to interact harmoniously with the stevia. Green Stevia Powder simply does not work with some foods. Stevia Extract Powder works with a wide variety of foods and acts as a flavor enhancer in some cases. A few stevia dishes taste better the next day. Time seems to improve the flavor. Those recipes are noted in “Stevia Sweet Recipes.” 

 

From the "Stevia Sweet Recipes" Introduction 
Most of us crave sweets. Food manufacturers have learned to exploit this craving by adding highly refined sweeteners to processed foods. You don't have to subject yourself to all that unhealthy food! Stevia is a healthy, delicious alternative to sugars and artificial sweeteners. Delicious, that is, if you use a recipe designed for stevia.

Stevia is an herbal sweetener which, in its extracted form, is over 200 times sweeter than sugar! Non-glycemic, safe, and virtually calorie-free, Stevia offers a healthy, natural alternative to cooking with refined sugar or artificial sweeteners.

This book offers over a hundred recipes, developed in the Goettemoeller family kitchen, using Stevia as the sweetener. Learn how to incorporate this amazing herb into your own recipes and begin to sweeten your cookies, cakes, pies, puddings, jellies, jams, salads, sauces, and main courses the natural way with Stevia!

 

Table of Contents 
Introduction 
A Message from the Cook 
Acknowledgments 
Chapter 1. All About Stevia: References & Recommended Reading 
Chapter 2. Cooking with Stevia 
Chapter 3. Satisfying Breakfasts 
Chapter 4. Refreshing Beverages 
Chapter 5. Hearty Baked Breads 
Chapter 6. Sensational Salads 
Chapter 7. Savory Sauces 
Chapter 8. Sweet Toppings and Spreads 
Chapter 9. Tempting Main Dishes 
Chapter 10. Old Fashioned Cookies
Chapter 11. Irresistible Cakes 
Chapter 12. Delectable Desserts 
Chapter 13. All American Pies 
Chapter 14. Frosty Frozen Desserts 
Chapter 15. Other Tasty Treats 
Chapter 16. South of the Border 
Index

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