Sugar Free Sugarplums dancing in my head.....
Dec. 5, 2011 12:15 pm
Updated: Dec. 13, 2011 7:12 pm
The Holidays! Love em! The Baking! Love it! What to do now?
The hardest thing I have found to manage is not the sugar, it is the starches. There are many healthy sugar substitutes out there and I have a couple of favorites. For baking, I buy Stevia Blend
http://www26.netrition.com/steviva_stevia_blend.html< and Poly D Fiber
http://www6.netrition.com/lifesource_polyd_page.html.< Since the Stevia blend is twice as sweet as sugar, I make up the bulk difference with Poly D Fiber which acts like sugar and fat in recipes
but is about 90% fiber! I don't think we can argue with that! Sometimes I use straight Eurethrotol and add some pure stevia liquid to make up the sweetness, it depends on what I am making.
The problem for me is to eliminate the carbohydrates in baking. For sure, the Poly D helps reduce the net carb count - but beware my foodie friends, using too much can make you really gassy.... pwew!
So this is how I am handling the problem this year and still making merriment over the holidays:
I wish you and your loved ones a Blessed and Sweet Holiday!
- Select to make goodies low in flour. Truffles, cheesecake, pecan tarts, and fruit pies
- Load cookies up with nuts, fruits, and yes, chocolate! Forget, cakes!
- Substitute part of your flour with a mixture of coconut flour, almond flour and oat flour all low in carbohydrates. (warning, if rising is involved this is tricky due to a lack of gluten in these flours)
- Increase the fiber in your baking by adding wheat protein, flax seed meal, almond meal. Fiber reduces your net carb count.
- Most importantly, don't stop baking! I am slowly morphing my recipes and will make sure to share some on further posts.
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