Sweeteners can be a tricky topic as lots of brands will try to convince you that they're 'stevia' but are in fact hiding a bunch of nasties. We use either Truvia, Natvia, or Pure Via (usually Pure Via as it's often the cheapest, especially in Morrisons) which can be found in Tesco, Morrisons, and Sainsburys. Some people prefer xylitol, although be aware that this is highly toxic to dogs (so Argi does not approve). Pure erythritol or monkruit & erythritol mixes are also good if you're looking at buying online.
If you're following our recipes which call for Truvia / Natvia / Pure Via, here's a bit of guidance to help you if you're using a different sweetener:
- Switching for xylitol: start with the same weight that the recipe calls for, taste the mix and add more if needed.
- Pure erythritol: this isn't as sweet. Start by doubling the weight that the recipe calls for, taste the mix, and add more if needed.
- Monkfruit & erythritol blends: start with the same weight that the recipe calls for, taste the mix and add more if needed. Ella usually adds about 40g lakanto if our recipe calls for 30g Truvia.
- Pure stevia or pure monkfruit: These are incredibly sweet. We usually start by adding less than 1/8th tsp to a mix of brownies. Adding too much of these sweeteners (especially stevia) often makes the mix inedible
If you're tracking, don't include the sweetener on your app. They may still read these as 'carbs' and unnecessarily increase the carb content of your recipe.