With the heady smells and slightly spicy taste of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and cloves... chai gives you all the warm feelings that you want when the leaves are changing and the air is chilling.
A chai latte at your local coffee shop can have 42g of sugar or more… well beyond the amount of added sugar anyone should have in a day and that’s just in one drink! Here’s a sugar-free version you can make and enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
Ingredients for one chai:
1 chai tea bag
½ to 1 tsp Sweet Cheat Spoonable Monk Fruit
½ cup milk of choice, heated
Full disclosure, I did put a filter on this drink to make it look pinker. It tastes amazing, but it does look a bit pale in the glass. But take one sip and I promise, once you get that hit of mint, lime, rum, and bubbly sweetness, you won't care what it looks like!
Ingredients for one drink:
5-6 mint leaves
Juice from ¼ lime, plus lime wedges to serve
½ tsp Sweet Cheat Spoonable Monk Fruit (or more to taste)
7-8 red grapes, cut in half
1 ½ oz rum
We took the kids to a friend's cottage this week. I always love spending time by the water, helping my kids catch frogs like this one:
Once we had put him back in the lake (and I washed my hands!) I set about making a hard iced tea for the grown-ups. I also made a batch without the vodka to put in the fridge for the kids to grab. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
4 cups boiling water
2 Tbsp Sweet Cheat Spoonable Monk Fruit
2 orange pekoe tea bags
4 fl oz vodka
Fresh lemon juice to taste plus extra lemon wedges for serving
Refreshing mint, tangy lime, and ice cold rum. Mojitos were made for hot summer weekends.
Ingredients: Serves 1
1 teaspoon Sweet Cheat Spoonable Monk Fruit
10 mint leaves
4 lime wedges
1.5 oz rum
3 - 4 ice cubes
club soda or sparkling water
Place a lime wedge and all the mint leaves in a glass. Use a muddler or spoon to crush the leaves and release some of the lime's juice.
Add another two lime wedges and muddle again.
Add Sweet Cheat Spoonable Monk Fruit, ice cubes, and gin and stir to mix. Top up with club soda or sparkling water and garnish with the remaining lime. Sit back, relax and enjoy summer!
I'm not sure what the weather is like where you are, but today in Waterloo the sky outside reminds me of a foggy day in London, England. This week we've had icy temperatures followed by drippy thaws and every kind of precipitation imaginable; snow, rain, sleet, and possibly a few cats and dogs. As I look outside this afternoon and see the fog hanging around the tips of the trees, my mind drifts off to my plans for this evening: a warm blanket around me, my feet up on the couch, and my hands wrapped around a hot drink, like this sweet London Fog. Can't wait for that hit of sweet tea, frothed milk, and warm vanilla...
How to make it:
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup boiling water
1 tsp Sweet Cheat Spoonable Monk Fruit
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Earl Grey tea bag
Place the tea bag in your favourite mug and add the hot water.
While it's steeping, warm your milk over medium heat. Add the vanilla and Sweet Cheat Spoonable Monk Fruit to the milk. If you've got a milk frother, frothing the milk is a nice touch.
Top the tea with your sweet, frothy, vanilla milk and enjoy!
It's that most wonderful time of the year! I don't know about you, but my house is overflowing with kids and extended family and holiday baking. Being a teacher, every day at school is filled with sweet treats in the staff room and my amazing students bringing me little holiday goodies. And I love it all! But it's a tough time of year when you're trying to keep sugar under control and you still want to indulge in some holiday fun and cheer.
Don't worry, I've got you covered with my luxurious salted caramel mocha. It looks and tastes incredible and goes really well next to a roaring fire with your favourite holiday movie on the TV. Avoid the sugar rush and whip up this sweet cheat for you and your loved ones.
Ingredients for each mocha:
2 tablespoons Sweet Cheat Hot Chocolate mix
3/4 cup strong brewed coffee
1/4 cup steamed or frothed milk
1 drop caramel extract
1/2 cup whipping cream whipped with 1/2 teaspoon of Sweet Cheat Spoonable Monk Fruit (or to taste)*
Sea Salt for sprinkling
*this will make enough whipped cream for several mochas!
Place Sweet Cheat Hot Chocolate in a mug
Add 3/4 cup strong coffee and use a whisk or fork to blend the Hot Chocolate mix and coffee together.
Add 1/4 cup of steamed milk, one drop of caramel extract, and mix. Top mocha with a dollop of cream, whipped and sweetened with Sweet Cheat Spoonable Monk Fruit to taste, and sprinkle with sea salt.
Enjoy... and try not to be like me and drink it all standing up! This one is definitely best enjoyed on the couch, with your feet up, watching the snow fall outside. Happy holidays everyone!
In honour of the first day of fall, a classic guilty pleasure is given a healthy makeover. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Tiny Toad’s Sweet Cheat Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe. A grande pumpkin spice latte at the coffee shop everyone associates it with (you know the one) will run you 50g of sugar. That’s double the daily recommended limit!
This version has no added sugar and when made with unsweetened almond milk, it has 0g net carbs. I use a Snickerdoodle flavoured coffee which is amazing with almond milk.
Simply add pumpkin puree, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and Sweet Cheat Spoonable Monk Fruit to strong coffee. Steam the milk, pour over coffee, and enjoy!
Whisk first 5 ingredients together.
Froth milk (or whisk vigorously)
Pour over coffee.
Just in time for the last heat wave of summer. A sugar free, low carb iced coffee recipe. The ice coffees you find in drive throughs can contain 22g of added sugar. That is nearly the recommended added sugar limit of 25g.
This recipe will give you no added sugar and tastes just as delicious. You can use any milk you like. For a low carb or vegan option use a nut or coconut milk. I use a Snickerdoodle flavoured coffee, so nutty almond milk pairs deliciously.
This recipe can’t be simpler. Just add all ingredients together and mix well. If slush is your thing, blend with ice.
Vanilla Iced Coffee
This summer has been absolutely bananas for heat. I am usually a steadfast pool-only-swimmer. If we’re at one of the great lakes, I’ll take a swim in those sand-bottom-no-seaweed waters. But usually, if I can’t see the bottom, I don’t like to get in. This past heat wave was so crazy at the cottage that even I jumped off the dock (praying my feet didn’t touch weeds of course).
This recipe is one to help beat the heat. The slushy goodness can be made both with or without rum. If you blend up a pitcher, make it without, then add the rum to the adult glasses so the tiny toads can cool off with a virgin version.
Just blend ingredients with ice, top up with a splash of bubbly water, and enjoy!
Stay cool, friends.
Sweet Cheat Strawberry Daiquiri
Add monk fruit, strawberries, lime juice, ice, and rum (if using) to blender.
Blend, pour into glass and top up with bubbly water.
Nutrition Facts- without rum
Nutrition Facts- With Rum
Have you met the Collins family?
Brothers Tom, John and Juan, have been intoxicating people since the 1800s. Back in the 1800s people didn’t consume nearly the amount of added sugar we do today, so a drink recipe containing simple syrup wouldn’t put people into sugar overload.
A classic Collins contains lemon juice, simple syrup, soda water and alcohol (Tom Collins=gin, John Collins=Whiskey, Juan Collins=tequila, bonus: Vodka Collins=vodka but he didn’t fit my “brother” analogy ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). Given the amount of hidden sugar we consume, I gave this recipe a sugar free makeover.
It’s as easy as whisking the Spoonable Monk Fruit with lemon juice and alcohol, then topping up with ice and soda water. Feel free to adjust the sweetness to taste.
Whisk Sweet Cheat Spoonable Monk Fruit with lemon juice and gin.
Add ice to glass and top with soda water.
Garnish with a slice of lemon.
Mom to four tiny toads. Loves to bake, tries to keep it healthy.