I recently took my Granola Mama-ish-ness to a new level and bought some Stevia powder. Stevia is from a plant, commonly known as sweetleaf, sweet leaf, sugarleaf, or simply stevia, is widely grown for its sweet leaves. As a sweetener and and sugar substitute, stevia's taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar, although some of its extracts may have a bitter aftertaste at high concentrations.
With its extracts having up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar, stevia has garnered attention with the rise in demand for low-sugar food alternatives. Medical research has also shown possible benefits of stevia in treating obesity and high blood pressure. Because stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose, it is attractive as a natural sweetener to people on carbohydrate controlled diets. (Wikipedia)
I bought a 16oz. container of Stevita spoonable powder from Puritan's Pride. I read tons of reviews and finding just the right blend of Stevia is essential or there is a bitter aftertaste to it. You can use it to sweeten anything. I was mainly interested in it for baking since I have been deprived of sweets for 5 long months. Most reviewers suggest using the Stevia powder along with a reduced amount of regular sugar to get the flavor we expect in a dessert. I adapted a recipe for a berry crumble and it turned out divine -- divine I tell you! Or perhaps I haven't had sugar in 5 months I am no judge, but in any respect, my family ate it and didn't know the difference with a whole cup of sugar missing from the recipe.
Topping, mix together and refrigerate:
6 TBS melted butter
1 cup flour (half whole wheat and half white)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup flour (half whole wheat and half white)
1 TBS wheat germ
1 TBS flax meal
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. Stevia or Stevita powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup butter, softened or apple sauce to reduce fat
Enough black berries (frozen okay) to cover top
Mix filling and spread into a 9x9 greased baking dish. Top with berries and crumb topping. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Cut into 16 squares.