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Let me start by saying, I love lemonade. I love it very much, but you may never know. Look, I have trouble drinking my calories. I can eat my weight on cookies and cakes, but hand me a glass of classic lemonade, and it's hard for me to be okay with over 200 calories that way. I'm not a calorie counter these days, but so many years of being on top of all that has taken away everything that has an equally sugary dessert counterpart. I will almost always choose the icing over a drink.
Without naming names, I will tell you that in the last ten years I have tried many alternative sweeteners and none of them excited me. When In The Raw asked me to try his Stevia In The Raw, to be honest, I was a little apprehensive. However, I am simply delighted to tell you that this sweetener is great. I made this unsweetened lemonade and took it out on the porch to share with the children. We all loved it and I can promise it will be done frequently during the summer months.
Fresh squeezed lemonade without sugar
Servings: 4 servings
- 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice or the juice of 4 large lemons
- 3/4 cup Stevia In The Raw Bakers Bag
- 3 1/2 cups cold water
- Optional: additional lemon wedges
Stevia In The Raw measures just like sugar, making it easy to change a portion of the sugar in your favorite recipes. I played around with a little light cooking, immersing myself in 100% sugar-free treats, simply because the idea is so intriguing. Listen to me here, follow the brand's advice (i.e. read the side of the package) and use half the regular sugar. It makes a big difference.
I found that a ratio of 1/2 brown sugar to 1/2 Stevia In The Raw resulted in the best texture and flavor. Yes, you "can" bake 100% sugar-free cookies, but they won't brown the same way and the texture was too different for my tastes. To make the breakfast cookies we've been eating all week, use this oatmeal cookie recipe and swap out the listed sugars for 2/3 cup Stevia In The Raw and 2/3 cup dark brown sugar. (I call them breakfast cookies, because with half the original sugar, shouldn't they be eaten for breakfast?)
Disclosure: I've partnered with In The Raw and Burst Media to share their latest products with you this year. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Barefeet In The Kitchen possible. As always, all thoughts are mine.
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