Start the School Year on a Sweet Note without Sugar

stevia in the raw in bakery

Now that our kids are back in school and the weather is turning cooler, I can’t wait to start baking.  I enjoy baking year-round but it is so hot in the summer. Back to school is the perfect excuse to start because I prefer to send my kids to school with home baked goodies in their lunch boxes as well as at home. My family looks forward to when I bake something sweet for them like the Cranberry Pecan Breakfast Buns pictured above and this Apple Pie Streusel Cake pictured below.

Apple Streusel Pie Cake with Stevia in the Raw

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Cranberry Pecan Breakfast Buns Recipe

This Cranberry Pecan Breakfast Buns recipe looks amazing and easy enough to prepare for a special back-to-school breakfast or lazy Saturday morning. With only 280 calories and 37 carbohydrates per serving, this delectable treat is delicious without added sugar because it uses Stevia In The Raw in place of sugar. (Replacing sugar with Stevia In The Raw saves about 700 calories per cup!)  This recipe is taken from the In The Raw website.

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Cranberry Pecan Breakfast Buns
stevia in the raw in bakery
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
stevia in the raw in bakery
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 tablespoons Sugar In The Raw®, 2 tablespoons Stevia In The Raw®, baking powder, and salt. Using your fingers, work butter into flour until crumbly. Stir in ¾ cup milk and vanilla until dough comes together. Chill 30 minutes.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, ¼ cup Sugar In The Raw®, and 2 tablespoons Stevia In The Raw®. Cook over medium-high heat until cranberries burst and mixture is thickened, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool completely.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place dough on a lightly floured work surface and roll out into a 16x12” rectangle. Spread cranberry mixture evenly over dough. With the long edge facing you, roll dough up tightly. Cut crosswise into 9 rolls, place in buttered 8” round or square baking pan. Bake until browned, about 40 minutes. Let cool in the pan 5 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk to combine powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons milk until smooth, and drizzle over the warm cinnamon rolls. Sprinkle with pecans and serve warm.
Recipe Notes

37 g carbohydrates

Fall is around the corner which means an abundance of fresh apples in Ohio.  This Apple Pie Streusel Cake recipe from the In The Raw website is easy to prepare with just 5 apples, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, cornstarch and Stevia In The Raw. What a wholesome recipe to serve your children as an after school treat or as a reward for a good first week back at school or their first grades that come in. I love that it isn’t loaded with sugar too!

Baking Sweet Treats without Sugar

Although everyone loves sweet treats, added sugar to our diets is not healthy for anyone. If you would like to cut the sugar, calories, and carbohydrates to your favorite baked goods, I suggest using Stevia In The Raw. It is a natural sweetener made from the extract from the sweet leaves of the stevia plant. Replace one cup of sugar with Stevia In The Raw and you instantly remove 700 calories from your recipe!

stevia in the raw for baking

For my family, Stevia In The Raw means that we can enjoy baked goods as often as other people. My kids are both Type One Diabetic, an autoimmune disease in which their body no longer produces insulin. They must count the carbohydrates in every piece of food and drink and give themselves insulin accordingly. They can eat anything anyone else can eat, but added sugar can affect their blood glucose levels for hours afterward. Since they were diagnosed, we’ve discovered that there are more carbs than we had any idea in foods, especially baked goods. Finding a sugar substitute that is natural and taste good hasn’t been easy.

limeade lemonade with stevia in the raw

For instance, enjoying a glass of sweet lemonade or limeade has been impossible. Many sugar alternatives don’t dissolve properly, especially in liquid. I love that Stevia In The Raw allows my family the opportunity to enjoy delicious homemade limeade without sugar and without artificial sweeteners. I found this Stevia in the Raw® Lemonade recipe to be perfect! Instead of 30-50 carbs per serving, we can enjoy lemonade and limeade with 0 carbs per serving!

limeade lemonade with stevia in the raw

There really isn’t anything you can’t prepare by replacing sugar with Stevia In The Raw.  The Stevia In The Raw Bakers Bag (pictured above) measures cup for cup for sweetness compared to sugar so there is no conversion necessary with recipes. Just simply use in place of sugar for less calories and less carbs, and all the sweetness.

Find more sweet recipes to star the school year off right on the In The Raw website. Get social with In The Raw on  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and  Pinterest for even more recipes and tips.

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