It’s a well-known fact no one can or should deny: people’s addiction to sugar has become epidemic. You can easily see the evidence on people’s expanding waistline and the increasing number of individuals with sugar-related diseases, such as diabetes. Contrary to what many parents believe, sugar is not a sweet treat that kids can enjoy without concern, especially in high quantities since time and tiime again it has been proven that it’s a very dangerous substance.
In my attempt to raise healthy kids, I am always trying to control their diet, which is not an easy task considering the number of advertising for candy bars, ice creams, cereals, and other sugar-filled products we see today… But I try hard because I really want to protect my kids from the damaging effects of sugar.
In our home, sugar-filled foods are impossible to be found, well, just around the holiday season maybe. But that doesn’t mean my kids don’t eat cake, doughnuts or cookies. It simply means that they eat healthier versions; I substitute sugar with stevia in all of my sweet tasting recipes. Stevia is a natural sweetener (extracted from the plant stevia rebaudiana) and you can use it instead of sugar in almost any recipe. Here are two of my stevia recipes my kids go absolutely crazy for!
Peanut Butter Microwave Cake
I saw this recipe on Instagram and thought to myself “My kids love peanut butter and love cake, and this only takes 5 minuted to make!” Let’s get the sweetness on! And like the responsible mom that I am, I have o show you how it’s done.
Ingredients: 1 egg, 1 tbsp stevia, 2 tbsp peanut butter, 1tbsp flour, 1 tbsp cacao powder, a dash of baking powder, ¼ cup chocolate chips.
Preparation: Place all the ingredients in a microwave safe mug and mix well until combined. Put the mug in the microwave and cook it for 3-5 minutes on high-level power level (time of cooking tends to vary from different microwaves) until it has formed a cake-like texture.
This recipe makes only one serving, so if you want more, double, triple or multiply the measurements according to your needs.!
Surprise your little ones with these doughnuts filled with goodness!
Ingredients: 6 large egg whites, 2 tbsp stevia, ½ cup rolled oats, ¼ cup zucchini, ¼ cup plain yogurt, ½ tbsp baking powder, ¼ cup cacao powder, 1tsp flaxseed oil plus 1tsp flaxseed oil for cooking.
For the topping: ¼ cup coconut oil, ¼ cup almond butter, ¼ cup maple syrup and ¼ cup cacao powder.
Preparation: Place all ingredients into the blender and blend until creamy. Grease the pre-heated doughnut maker with the flax seed oil and place batter into each doughnut mold and cook until golden brown. Once done, let the doughnuts cool down a bit.
For the topping, place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Place into a bowl and top each doughnut.
These stevia recipes will surely become a success among your kids as well!