When it first became available it was known to be very sweet, way sweeter than even sugar. Now Hermesetas has a product called SteviaSweet which you can use just like sugar because it is the equivalent of sugar spoon for spoon. This makes it so much easier to use.
Stevia is a plant-based sweetener with hardly any calories and no carbohydrates. It can be used as sugar in everything, most importantly in coffee, tea and cake.
SteviaSweet is so easy to use and has a sugar-like texture that you can still stir it into your favourite beverage (coffee, coffee, coffee). And the best thing is that Stevia has no effect on your blood sugar – so you can eat it every single day. As a two-coffees-and-one-tea-per-day-person who also likes cake, I’m eternally grateful for that. I can’t, just can’t, drink coffee and tea without some kind of sweetener, even though I’ve tried many times.
My mother-in-law is diabetic and swears by it. She doesn’t have to miss out on using some sweetness and is forever grateful that Stevia has come her way. My sister who is a bit of a sugar-substitute expert told me all about it years ago.
Studies by the Dental Science Group at Purdue University have even shown that the sweetening components of Stevia are “fluoride-compatible” and actually inhibit the formation of new dental plague. Amazing. I also love the fact that Stevia is a plant extract. It’s a herb-like plant that originated in South America and all the sweetness is extracted from the leaves.
It’s been used in Japan for the past 30 years and now, finally, we get to use it too.
And so you can get started immediately, I am going to share with you my super secret and super healthy chocolate cake recipe using Stevia and other good, good things. This recipe produces a dense, chewy, chocolaty cake that resembles mud cake without having to use a million eggs and 5000 grams of butter.
JO’S SUPER SECRET AND SUPER HEALTHY CHOCOLATE CAKE:
1 ½ cups of wholemeal self-raising flour
One cup of Hermesetas SteviaSweet
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/ 3 cup vegetable oil, preferably olive oil
½ cup oatbran
½ cup cocoa
1 tbsp of chocolate essence
1 tbsp vanilla essence
½ cup pureed cooked apple, cooled
2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 cup milk, any kind