Recent scientific data indicates that sugar may contribute to depression. Who are these people? Sugar makes me happy. Very happy. I look forward to that glass of soda pop with my dinner at the end of a tough work day. Lately, my skirts have been hiking up higher and higher (I say as I crack sunflower seeds open faster than a South American parrot).
Bikini season is not too far and my goal is to avoid scaring small children at the beach. Average Joe consumes 3 pounds of sugar per week, according to Forbes. This made me think about my own vices, baked goods and soda pop.
Luckily, there is stevia, a plant whose green leaves contain a naturally zero-calorie sweetener. This stuff is four times sweeter than sugar and safe for baking, which means I can get bikini-fit by eating cake and sipping pop.
My best homemade cola syrup recipe got a supermodel makeover with this all-natural sugar substitute and, because it tasted fabulous, I plastered the recipe here so you can see for yourself. Just add some bubbly, like sparkling mineral water, club soda or seltzer for a guilt-free soda pop with an old fashioned taste. Then, because we are wild and crazy gals, we are going to kick things into high-gear and use that same sugarfree cola syrup to make Cola Chocolate Chip Blondies. Everything you need is probably waiting for you in your pantry and fridge, except for the stevia.
Since you know a gal (me) who knows a guy, it’s a snap getting everything you need to tame that sweet-tooth. NuNaturals offer stevia in so many forms, including simple syrup, chocolate syrup, even chocolate mint syrup. They also produce a good inventory of natural sugar-free extracts, such as vanilla, orange, lemon and cherry vanilla.
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Makes 1 cup
3 large (5-inch) cinnamon sticks, broken into small pieces
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 star anise
2 tsp coriander seed
1/4 tsp finely grated nutmeg
5 drops NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia (or 1 vanilla bean)
1 cup NuStevia Simple Syrup
Zest and juice the fruit.
Put everything but the stevia simple syrup and vanilla stevia into a large saucepan.
Heat over very low heat for about 30 minutes.
Remove from the heat and add the stevia simple syrup and vanilla stevia.
Stir gently, strain and allow the syrup to cool to room temperature.
Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Yield: 1 serving
3-5 Tb cola syrup
1 cup sparkling mineral water or club soda
Pour syrup into a tall glass.
Add the bubbly and stir just until blended.
Add ice and serve.
Cola Chip Blondies
Makes about 15 1″ square bars
1 1/2 sticks butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 free-range Grade A egg
1/4 cup cola syrup
2 cups flour + 1 Tb
1 cup dark chocolate chips
2 tsp baking powder
Line an 8″ x 8″ square brownie pan with aluminum foil.
Butter the foil and set aside.
Sift flour, salt, baking powder and set aside.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs.
Slowly incorporate the cola syrup.
Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of flour over the chocolate chips and give them a good toss to coat.
Reduce the speed of your mixer and add the flour mixture, a bit at a time.
Do not overwork the flour otherwise your batter will toughen.
Preheat oven to 350*F.
Add the chocolate chips and mix by hand.
Drop the dough into the prepared brownie pan, smooth the top and
bake 25-30 minutes.
Remove from oven and wait 10 minutes.
Lift the foil out of the pan. Cut bars into 1″ squares.
Arrange onto a pretty plate and serve.
*This is not a paid article. NuNaturals sent samples for me to try and is offering 4 gift packages to give away to my readers. All content is my own.