I know, I know, I've been slacking on my blog! Life's been pretty busy and after a 2 week trip to Hong Kong and Tokyo and I've finally had a moment to write a little update. I went overseas to see some old friends, one of whom I hadn't seen in 30 years! And yes of course I ate my weight in pork soup dumplings, noodles, and fish! I am going to try and post some of my trip's "food porn" later tonight.
In the meantime, I wanted to gush about a sweetener I found that is probably going to change the way I bake and sweeten my drinks or food. Not to mention help me deal with the fact that I have an insatiable sweet tooth, and with diabetes in my family genes, I really have to watch my sugar intake. Sugar can be the leading cause of more health problems and disease than even fats! So anyway, this product is called Wholesome Sweeteners Zero, and is derived from "Erythritol, a naturally occurring sugar alcohol that is found in our bodies, as well as in many fruits, vegetables and even certain fermented foods." On it's own it tastes pretty much like sugar, maybe not as sweet, but you use it like you would regular sugar and can bake with a 1:1 ratio. AND IT HAS NO AFTERTASTE unlike that other sweetener that most of us are familiar with, which I can't stand! I found this package at one of our local PCC markets, but you can find a location that carries it by clicking THIS.
I baked some cupcakes last night with it and they turned out so well. I can't wait to make some for people whom I know can't have sugar!
UPDATE: Okay, so there is one thing that has a slight aftertaste, and that is when making with pancakes. But it's not the Splenda-type aftertaste, it's just something you can't put your foot on...kind of minty...