Truvia is a well-known calorie-free sugar substitute. This grocery store product comes from the stevia leaf. It is one of the most popular sugar substitutes on the market. While it works as is in morning coffee or sprinkling over a grapefruit, you can also use Truvia in baking. The catch is that it may require a little bit of calculation on your part.
- Substitution: Sugar or other sugar replacements
- Shelf Life: Three years
- Important Nutritional Info: Gluten-free
What Is Truvia?
Truvia is a sugar substitute made from three ingredients: erythritol, stevia leaf extract, and natural flavors. Stevia leaf extract comes from the sweet leaves of the stevia plant; it is a member of the chrysanthemum family. The plant is native to South America and is grown primarily in China.
To extract the natural sweetness of the plant, the leaves are harvested and then dried. Once dried, the leaves steep in hot water. The steeping liquid is filtered, purified, and then dried. The end result of this process is a form of crystalized stevia leaf extract. It is over 200 times sweeter than sugar.
Truvia is a powder that is mixed with flavor and erythritol, a sugar alcohol food additive. The result is a calorie-free sugar substitute.
Truvia sells specific versions for baking. There is a Baking Blend (Cane Sugar Blend) or Brown Sugar Blend. For either of these products, it's not a one for one swap with sugar.
Truvia's Baking Blend (rebranded as the Cane Sugar Blend) is made with a bit of natural sugar along with the Truvia, saving you 75 percent of the calories normally found in one serving of granulated sugar while maintaining the sweet flavor, texture, and color of your baked goods. The ratio of sugar to this blend is actually two-to-one. For example, if you need 1/2 cup of sugar for your cookies, you add just 1/4 cup of the baking blend. If you don't want to do the math, use the conversion chart when baking.
Similar to the Cane Sugar Blend, the Brown Sugar Blend combines Truvia with brown sugar. It imparts the same sweetness, moisture, and texture as real brown sugar with 75 percent fewer calories per serving. As with the Cane Sugar Blend, the ratio of brown sugar to Brown Sugar Blend is two-to-one.
Truvia can be used anywhere sugar is used. It can be sprinkled by the packet in coffee or on fruit. The sugar substitute can also be used for baking, but to get the right taste and sweetness, you have to use the right ratios.
How to Cook With Truvia
The manufacturer of Truvia says for best results, leave at least 1/4 cup of real sugar in your recipe. Real sugar plays an important role other than providing sweetness when you bake with it. Keeping some regular sugar in the recipe will help with browning, spreading, and lends to the overall structure of the finished baked good. After adding regular sugar to your recipe you can replace the remaining sugar with Truvia.
What Does Truvia Taste Like?
On its own, Truvia has a very sweet taste. Some people find it to be mildly bitter or have a lingering sweet or artificial aftertaste. When Truvia is dissolved in liquid, the taste is less apparent since the Truvia dissolves and results in a sweet taste. When berries are dipped in Truvia, the taste of Truvia may be slightly artificial. In baked items with Truvia, the texture of the food item can change to be more gritty or dense and a lingering sweetness may remain.
Since Truvia is a sugar substitute, sugar can also be swapped for Truvia. Other stevia-based sweeteners include Stevia in the Raw, Splenda Naturals Stevia, and other organic brands.
You can use Truvia in any recipe that includes sugar. Here are some Truvia-specific recipes:
Where to Buy Truvia
Truvia is sold in most major grocery stores. You can find it in the baking aisle near the sugar. It comes in plastic pouches, big containers, and individual packets in packs ranging from 30 to 400 count. Warehouse club stores sell larger quantities for buying in bulk.
Store Truvia in a cool, dark place away from moisture. The product has a three-year shelf life from date of manufacture.