Homemade Stevia Syrup

Sugar. What hasn’t been said about this white dusty enemy? There are moments where sugar consumption is inevitable; however, since the dawn of this year I have endeavored to cut it out of my life, which has proved challenging, to say the least. Sugar is everywhere, from your Starbucks latte to your morning piece of toast; and the negative effects of consuming sugar can be seen everywhere as well, from tooth decay to obesity to mood disorders and skin problems…the list could go on forever.

Enter stevia.

Now initially I didn’t like the idea of stevia, I thought that it fell into the same category as Splenda, Sugar Twin and the like; however, the leaves of this perennial shrub contain a chemical called stevioside and the compound in the leaves is up to 300 times sweeter than sugar. And not only do these leaves provide a natural sweetness to whatever your sweet heart desires, they also don’t contribute to any of  the aforementioned health problems; and, instead, contain potassium, zinc, magnesium and B3- which is why I chose to blend up the leaves as opposed to steeping them.

So how did I get my hands on stevia? Well, I have a friend with a thumb almost as green as a stevia leaf; and he so kindly grew the plant for me. But you need not have a green thumb to grow your own; the stevia plant is adaptable and easily grown in the ground or in a pot on your balcony, all you need is sun exposure.

Let there be light said the stevia; and it grew!

Stevia powder, it’s most common conception, is made by drying the leaves and grinding them up; but I chose to steep, blend and strain leaves to make my own homemade stevia syrup for two reasons;

    • I was far too impatient to wait for the leaves to dehydrate
    • I like liquids, I feel that I have more control of my portion size; and considering stevia is ever so sweet, portion size is king

Ah Stevia,  you are proof that Mother Nature’s bounty is all we need!

Homemade Stevia Syrup with Vanilla

½ oz stevia leaves
1 cup water
½ tsp organic vanilla extract

In a pot bring all ingredients to boil. Remove from heat and steep the leaves for 10 minutes. Add all ingredients in a blender and blend well combine. Strain the liquid and discard the pulp. Liquid keeps in the refrigerator for at least a month.

  7 comments for “Homemade Stevia Syrup

  1. Jude'
    October 19, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Hello Chef Bianca,
    Do you have a stevia syrup recipe I can use in canning pears for a diabetic?

  2. Jude'
    October 19, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Hello Chef Bianca,
    Do you have a recipe for stevia syrup to can pears with?

    • Bianca
      October 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Hey Jude,

      This recipe is for home made stevia syrup; however, I will warn you that stevia may not be best suited to canning. Coconut sugar, which is also diabetic friendly may be a better option. To make coconut sugar melt 1 cup water and 1 cup coconut sugar and then use accordingly.

      Just in case, here is the stevia syrup recipe…http://www.vitalityguideforwomen.com/homemade-stevia-syrup/

      • November 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm

        Looks delicious!!!A side qeitsuon for you. How have all these food changes you’ve made for your family affected your food budget? And where do you shop for quality ingredients?

        • Bianca
          November 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm

          Hi Yukimi,

          Thanks for your comment. Initially when I began my health journey I noticed how expensive things were, but I wasn’t cooking seasonally; once I began to take note of the season and shop at my market instead, I noticed that I got my budget back in line.

          In addition to my farmer’s market, I shop at my local organic market (if you’re in Edmonton, it’s called Planet Organic). Cooking seasonally and cutting out most meat products helps significantly.

          Hope this helps :)

  3. Kim
    March 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I don’t suppose you’ve come up with a version using fresh vanilla beans, have you?
    If not, I’ll just make some extract with my beans :)

    • Bianca
      March 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      To make extract kim, place your beans (halved and scraped out) into a bottle with a decent amount of vodka (6 beans for 8 oz. of vodka) and allow to sit for 8 weeks and BOOM homemade vanilla extract!

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