Has anyone had success baking with stevia? Have you any specific recommendations about proportions and what kinds of pitfalls I should look out for?
I see all of those wonderful cookie recipes posted here in General Topics, but my doctor tells me that sugar and honey and syrups and molasses and artificial sweeteners are all no-nos. Stevia is recommended. And, before you scold me, this isnt an Atkins/Low carb weight loss deal
Doc says I have a tendency towards hypoglycemia and that low blood sugar explains my fatigue, insomnia, and weakened immune system. Ive been prescribed the following diet, which requires that I eliminate sugar, anything my body can quickly change into sugar, and anything that directly affects my metabolism:
No sugar (also no honey, no syrup, no whey, no malt )
No simple carbs (ie., no white rice, no white breads, no potatoes, no crackers)
Im supposed to eat small meals every two hours instead of three big ones.
Im supposed to drink lots of green tea, lots wonderful organic fruits and veggies, lots of fish and chicken and turkey, almonds, and whole grains like quinoa and amaranth. This part is fine with me, of course.
Ive been told to avoid artificial sweeteners like nutrasweet and sorbitol etc. On the other hand, Ive been told stevia is okay.
So the holidays are upon me the time of year where I am feeling the most vulnerable anyway and want to turn to sweets and mashed potatoes and homemade breads for comfort--and I feel incredibly deprived. If anyone has any coping suggestions in addition to ideas about baking with stevia, I would love to hear them.