I’ve talked about how allergy free baking can go hand in hand with baking for diabetics. You can see my review of a sunflower seed meal here. Now I want to talk about a sugar substitute for diabetics, erythritol by Now Foods.
While erythritol is free from seven allergens, it is made in part from corn. Don’t use erythritol if you are allergic to corn.
Here’s what Now Foods Erythritol is free from:
- Tree nuts
This comes in either a powder or granulated. However, they are frequently out of the powder where I usually buy this. Don’t worry, I’ll go over how to make this a non-issue in the review.
Erythritol is a natural sugar replacement with no glycemic effect. It’s a sugar alcohol but doesn’t make us as gassy as maltitol. That said, if your body isn’t used to sugar alcohols, you might want to try a blend, like Pyure with stevia or Lakanto with monkfruit. It’s also got a very mild aftertaste, which is cool like mint instead of bitter. You can use it in baking by adding 1/4 more erythritol than the recipe calls for.
Here’s something to note. The granulated erythritol doesn’t dissolve quickly enough in dough and batters, leaving a crunchy texture. This is fine if you’re making crispy cookies but not so much in cakes or chewy baked goods. I recommend using a blender and pulsing a few times to turn your granules into powder. Click here to read about easy to clean blenders, perfect for allergy free cooking.
Now Foods Erythritol is the most reasonably priced brand out there and not made in facilities that process nuts, egg, dairy, or wheat. However, one of the ingredients is corn so if you are allergic to that, you may want to try something else.
How I use this
I use this as a sugar substitute in almost all of my baking recipes. Not only is it diabetic friendly, it’s great for folks watching their weight or on Keto diets.
I don’t use erythritol in coffee or other beverages. It works just fine in them but can get pricey so I reserve it for where I really need and use a stevia blend for that instead.
Click here to buy Now Foods Erythritol on Amazon. If you’re still not sure or have questions, feel free to ask in the comments and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Happy baking!