I found a wholesome sweetener that us moms can feel good about without having to sacrifice our healthy lifestyle. Monk Fruit In The Raw® is a zero calorie sweetener made from monk fruit, a vine- ripen fruit that is native to Asia. This great tasting sweetener allows you to have a sweet treat now and then without having to feel guilty. I love using Monk Fruit In The Raw® in my coffee every day. This sweetener is available in both packets and a Bakers Bag formula that measures just like sugar allowing you to bake up yummy treats with less calories. Each packet of Monk Fruit equals 2 teaspoons of sugar and is great in coffee, tea, cereal, and even smoothies.
My church has a coffee table for our guests to enjoy coffee. I brought the orange box of Monk Fruit In The Raw and placed it on the table so people could try it in their coffee. I saw many of my friends reach for the orange packets to stir in their coffee. I then asked them what they thought of Monk Fruit. My friend who was making the coffee said" this tastes really good." and another said she wanted her husband to try the sweetener as she was trying to get him to cut back on sugar. My other friend said she already uses Monk Fruit In The Raw and was happy to see it offered on the coffee table. A couple of my friends are trying to eat healthier and lose weight so they loved that Monk Fruit made their coffee taste good and they could saving calories from not using sugar.
I also made some yummy brownies with the Bakers Bag of Monk Fruit. I was able to replace half of the sugar with Monk Fruit. I love that it measures just like sugar. and I was able to have less sugar and calories in my brownies. My friends loved the brownies and they could not tell it was made with less sugar.
I gave my friends a bag that had a full size box of Monk Fruit In The Raw sweetener and recipe cards for using this awesome sweetener. They were thrilled to get the bag of goodies.
7 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 ounces dark chocolate,finely chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup Monk Fruit In The Raw Bakers Bag
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup flour
1/2 chopped walnuts,if desired
1.Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Coat a 8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
3. Melt the butter in a medium-size microwavable bowl, Add the chocolate and let stand 2 minutes.
4.Stir melted butter and chocolate until chocolate is melted and smooth.
5. Stir in sugar and Monk Fruit In The Raw Bakers Bag.
6. One at a time, stir in eggs.
7. Stir in vanilla
8. Mix in the flour until combined, don't over mix.
9. Stir in the nuts.
10. Spread the batter in the prepared pan in a even layer.
11. Bake for 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out almost clean.
12. Set pan on a wire rack and cool completely.
13. Cut the brownies into 12 squares.