I have literally spent hundreds on liquid stevia! I love to use it in almost all of my recipes and it’s become a staple in my home. However, after spending almost 15 dollars a bottle for over a year I started searching for ways to make own. I came across this recipe, and was able to make it in under 5 minutes! Overjoyed with the results, I knew it would be something I needed to share with the Fit Tip Daily community.
Why Make Your Own Liquid Stevia
When I was new to the wonders of stevia, I used most of the traditional brands. Later, as I got more savvy, I started researching each ingredient and realized that these “sugar free,” sweeteners had combined the stevia with another additive to cut the natural bitterness of the leaf. In doing so, they actually tainted the products by using other ingrediants such as dextrose, and sugar alcohol (erythritol) which gave me a very unhappy stomach. I ended up bloated and swollen (not my finest moment). While erythritol is a natural sweetener sometimes derived from fruits, these manufactures are using the version made from corn. It’s created in a lengthy, genetically engineered, 40 step process which makes you question just how natural it really is.
“Stevia in the Raw” and “Purvia” sound natural, but the first ingredient on their list is actually dextrose! Dextrose is another genetically engineered additive derived from corn and it’s process is very similar to erythritol.
These additives could still spike your blood sugar and leave you with uncomfortable side affects and stomach aches. Frustrated with the mainstream, over commercialized companies, I set out to find a product that was simple. Liquid “Sweetleaf” soon became my “go to” brand, but with a price tag of a whopping 14.99.
Ingredients for to Make Your Own Liquid Stevia
Simple and affordable, all of these ingredients can be found around your home or at your local health food store. I used a gluten free, non-GMO liquid vanilla to flavor the stevia to my liking. However, if you don’t want to use the vanilla, you can opt to make a non flavored version and it’s just as amazing! I then used filtered water to keep the ingredients as clean as possible. Lastly, I used a powdered version of stevia that contained 100% stevia leaf extract and 95% steviosides.
For this recipe I chose the “Steviva” brand.
Fitness Tip – It’s important that you look at the ingredients in the powdered stevia to make sure they haven’t added in other additives such as dextrose.
What You’ll Need
- Tinted Bottle with Dropper. These can usually be found at your local health food store or purchased online.
- 2 1/2 teaspoons of Powdered Stevia.
- Filtered Water
- 7 teaspoons of Gluten Free, Non GMO liquid vanilla
Directions to make Liquid Stevia
- In a medium sauce pan, heat your water to medium heat and add in stevia powder. Allow all of the powder to dissolve as you stir the ingredients.
- Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool for a couple minutes. Add in liquid vanilla and stir to combine.
- Pour into your tinted dropper bottle and place it in the fridge.
When I was done making my own version of liquid stevia, I did a simple taste test. Sure enough, this recipe was actually better tasting than my store bought version!
It’s that simple! This recipe will fill a standard size dropper bottle almost exactly (2 ounces or 60 ml). It’s important to note that liquid stevia should always be stored in the fridge between uses so that it maintains its sweetness. It’s also necessary to keep it in a tinted bottle to protect it from light. Feel free to double the recipe and make more than one bottle at a time!
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