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.
One of my kids’ favourite go-to desserts is popsicles. It could be the middle of February and well below freezing out and they would gladly have a popsicle for dessert.
The problem with store bought popsicles is the amount of added sugar they contain. Sugar is often the second ingredient after water. In fact, one brand I was looking at listed; water, sugar, corn syrup, glucose-fructose, and then dextrose.
Store bought popsicle
Yikes! 4 out of the 5 first ingredients are added sugar.
As a treat, fine, but my kids will eat popsicles every day. I created this recipe so I could say “yes” when they ask.
The strawberries have naturally occurring fructose, but since they also have fibre, they won’t spike your blood sugar the same way fruit juice or added sugar will.
Sweet Cheat Frozen Strawberries and Cream
After creating the recipe for Sweet Cheat Frozen Hot Chocolate, I got a lot of comments from people loving the “grown up” version with Irish Cream. That got me to reminiscing about the Frozen Mudslide drinks I drank in University.
The original recipe calls for both Kalua and Irish Cream. Delicious, however not low sugar by any stretch of the imagination. I thought there had to be a way to create a low carb, no sugar version. Guess what, I did it!!!
As excited as I am about this recipe, I figured that people following a keto, or other low carb diet would love it too. It’s only 1g net carb!
All this one takes, is a few ingredients and a blender (or not, if you prefer no slush).
Combine. Mix or blend. Drink.
Just in time for the weekend.
Sweet Cheat Keto Mudslide
2 Tbsp Sweet Cheat Chocolate Milk
1.5 oz vodka
¼ tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup cold coffee
1 cup ice
Slush version: Add ingredients to blender. Blend.
No Slush: Whisk ingredients and pour over ice.
Today it’s hotter than the surface of the sun. I know my kids are going to ask for ice cream when they come home from school. Ice cream is something I definitely let them enjoy as a treat, but in the hot months, it seems like they think everything is a great excuse for it. I know that I can tempt them with frozen hot chocolate instead.
This recipe is slushy enough to enjoy with a spoon, sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, and cold enough to combat the heat! The great thing about it is that it can be made low carb or keto friendly or dairy free, or even a grown-up treat with Irish Cream if that’s what you like!
Start with Sweet Cheat Chocolate milk powder, milk, cream and ice. This is the part where you can customize, diary free milk and coconut cream will lower both the carbs and remove the diary.
Put everything into a blender and pulverize.
Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Stay cool friends!
Frozen Hot Chocolate
2 cups milk
4 heaped Tbsp Sweet Cheat Hot Chocolate mix
¼ cup heavy cream (or Irish Cream if this is for grown-ups)
4 cups ice
Put everything into a blender. Blend and pour.
One of the questions I often get is if Sweet Cheat Spoonable Monk Fruit can be used for baking. The short answer is “Yes…but”. Sugar is a tricksy thing to replace. Chemically it does a lot for baking (think inhibiting gluten formation, retaining moisture, adding bulk…the list goes on).
The good news is that with the right recipe you can still use Sweet Cheat Spoonable Monk Fruit to get a tender delicious muffin with no added sugar. This is just such a recipe. It’s easy enough to whip up on a Saturday morning, or before the kids come home from school. The best part is, that it has 0g of added sugar, but you'd never know by the taste. I think it’s perfect!
As with most recipes, you mix the wet ingredients together.
Mix the dry (this is where the Sweet Cheat Spoonable Monk Fruit goes).
Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and don’t over mix!
Spoon into a greased or lined muffin tin, and bake for 20 minutes at 350 F.
No one will guess that these muffins are free from added sugar! Try them and see for yourself.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a muffin tin with liners or non-stick spray.
2. In a large mixing bowl, mix Sweet Cheat Spoonable Monk Fruit, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, then set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, mix the mashed bananas, melted butter, milk, egg and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Don’t overmix.
4. Scoop batter into prepared muffin tin. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of muffins comes out clean.
*muffins can be made gluten free, diary free, or egg free. Use 1:1 gluten free flour, non-dairy milk, melted coconut oil, and egg replacer.
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