Children are inundated by a steady supply of sugar in the pop-tarts they have for breakfast, the cokes they have with lunch, and the animal crackers they snack on in the afternoon.
While sugar might not be a problem for everyone, it’s definitely a rising issue with the skyrocketing levels of obesity and diabetics in the United States. More and more people are looking for safe, sugar-free alternatives, and xylitol is becoming a more and more popular alternative.
For those of you who don’t know, xylitol is a sugar alcohol (which, ironically, is neither a sugar nor an alcohol) derived from plant tissues. Many people who prefer not to use artificial sweeteners turn to xylitol, which has less calories and actually helps improve dental health (the opposite of sugar!) It also doesn’t raise blood sugar levels, which is good news for diabetics.
I’ve been using xylitol more often in my kitchen, and I have to say that I love it. Not only is it a perfectly good sweetener, it also doesn’t have the same addictive effect that real sugar does. So I can enjoy a sweet treat without going overboard!
For those of you who are new to using xylitol, I thought I’d find some recipes for you to try when whipping up your next dessert. Enjoy!
Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookies ever, so I was thrilled to find a recipe that uses Xylitol! Elise describes her batch as “chewy on the outside and gooey in the middle, with crunch at the edges.” Yummy! You can find the recipe here.
Lemon Drizzle Cake
I’m a big fan of lemon pound cake, and this looks like a pretty good substitute. The author writes that it has “has a dense, syrupy texture and keeps well for a few days,” so go ahead and try it out! The recipe is here.
Perfect Pumpkin Pie
It’s pumpkin season, so instead of loading yourself up with more sugar, why not try this recipe instead? You don’t have to use organic ingredients like The Witchy Kitchen did… although obviously it’s better if you can! You can find the recipe here.
Easy Chocolate Pudding
Do you use xylitol? Or have another natural sweetener you’d like to recommend? Tell us in the comments below!
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