RE: stevia pros / cons?
Posted Friday, February 21, 2014 at 9:49 AM
For me, stevia has an unpleasant aftertaste and I feel a little odd if I have more than a drop in a day - not sure what that is. Also, I think it's another of those situations where it registers as "sweet=calories coming" but since there are no calories your body ends up wanting to eat more than if you just had a small amount of something that hit both sweet and calories - like a banana smoothie or something.
I've lately been making a 'candy bar' that the whole family loves - found recipe on FB (a friend posted it from somewhere else, just disclaimering because it's not original to me).
Equal parts coconut oil and raw cocoa powder
half as much maple syrup or honey (cannot use agave)
melt coconut oil in a saucepan. remove from heat. whisk in cocoa powder. add the rest of the ingredients (vanilla and pinch of salt) and whisk thoroughly. I keep whisking until it cools a bit.
Pour into a parchment lined pan (like a brownie pan - the bigger the pan, the thinner the candy, can go from barklike thin to Chunky bar thick)
Refrigerate 30 minutes. Whisk briefly to reincorporate any sweetener that separates out. Refrigerate a couple more hours or overnight. Cut into chunks, store in closed container in fridge.
The good thing is you can make anywhere from a whole 'batch' of this to just a wee amount at will. I make a 1 cup, 1 cup, 1/2 cup batch to make candy bar thick stuff with raisins and peanuts mixed in for general eating but I made a 1/2 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/4 cup batch (no mixins) to use to coat some granola bars I made - mimics the packaged things but it's vegan and has no 'fractionated' or questionable ingredients. I've even given bits to non-veg friends and they love it. It's very dark and rich and satisfying so only a little goes a long way