The Benefits of Green Stevia Powder


You may have noticed that I use green stevia powder in almost all of my dessert recipes and you may be thinking, “What’s up with that?” I mean, green stevia is not the best-tasting sweetener and it can even taste bitter. However, the key to using green stevia is to use it in combination with other sweeteners like agave, dates, honey, and raisins. And because green stevia is so sweet, it will reduce the amount of expensive, traditional sweeteners (e.g. agave) that you use in your recipes, which saves you money in the long run.

Here is an excerpt from Raw Foods on a Budget, describing the benefits of
green stevia powder:

Green stevia powder. Also known as sweet leaf, stevia is a shrub native to Paraguay that has been used for centuries as a sweetener in herbal and medicinal teas. Though uncommon in the United States, stevia is used in Asia, South America, and some European countries. It even accounts for 40% of all the sweeteners sold in Japan (University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, 2010). In addition, stevia is unlike many sweeteners in that it doesn’t promote dental cavities or raise blood glucose levels. Yay!

Personally, I love using stevia in my own raw vegan recipes because it has a long-lasting sweetness which is useful in frozen recipes like ice cream and sorbet. Freezing temperatures tend to reduce the sweet taste of many sweeteners like agave and honey, so you end up using a lot. This is why you will find that almost all of the ice cream and sorbet recipes in this book have a little stevia in them.

Stevia also does a good job of extending the agave you already have. For example, last winter I drank a lot of tea lattes. The problem was that I would put 3 teaspoons of agave in each 12 ounce cup of tea. This quickly became very expensive since I would drink 3-4 cups of tea per day. So, I came up with the idea that maybe I could add stevia to my tea in addition to agave to reduce my overall agave usage. I didn’t know what to expect because I was not a big stevia lover. Man, was I surprised! The green stevia powder that I purchased helped me reduce my agave usage by 66%! Now, I only use 1 tsp of agave in my cup of tea and it tastes the same! And I only have to buy agave once a month, whereas I used to buy it every 1-2 weeks. Try your own “stevia” experiment at home! Make a cup of lemonade and measure the amount of honey or agave you add it to. Then make another cup of lemonade and add several pinches of stevia before adding honey or agave. Now compare how much traditional sweetener you used in both lemonades.

You may be resistant to the idea of using stevia in your recipes because you have tasted it before and didn’t like it. However, keep a few things in mind. I am recommending that you use green stevia powder and not the white stevia that is seen most often in the store. Stevia that is green is just ground up stevia leaves, whereas stevia that is white has been processed and often contains other ingredients. In my experience, white stevia tastes more bitter than green stevia. Though they both can taste bitter when used in large amounts. In most of my recipes, I use no more than 1/8 teaspoon because stevia is so sweet. In addition, I recommend that you use partial substitution when it comes to stevia. Unless you really like stevia, you will find that stevia has a different kind of sweetness than traditional sweeteners. This is because stevia does not contain any sugars like fructose or glucose and lacks the ability to add texture to a recipe in the way that dates, agave, and honey do. For these reasons, stevia does not work well alone. However, it works wonders when used in combination with traditional sweeteners. Sometimes, I even pour stevia into my agave bottles so that it’s already mixed in and ready to use when I need it.

You can find green stevia powder at local herb stores and some health food stores, or you can purchase it online. Here is a link to the green stevia powder that I use in my recipes. I have had this bag of stevia for about 4 months now and it will probably last me for 1-2 more years.

Ignore the reviews, it is a really good product.


11 Responses

  1. Kelly says:

    I bought some green stevia powder labeled organic from Frontier Co-op, and it tastes like a really sweet green tea to me. It has the bitterness if you eat the powder directly.

    Personally, I’m not a tea fan, so I’m going to stick with the more refined white stevia powders. that are supposed to be some 300 times sweeter than sugar. They’re more simple in knowing what to do with them. 1/8th of a teaspoon per 8oz water is just about right for lemonade or limeade.

    It’s odd to me that stevia all seems to have an artificial sweentener flavor to it. You remember how nutri-sweet used to taste, how it tasted in diet sodas and such. Stevia is remarkably similar to that when mixed. Eat it directly, especially the more refined white powders and it tastes horrible because the bitter flavor natural to stevia is very concentrated in that form. Mix it properly, and I don’t taste the bitterness, or if I do, it’s so insignificant that it could just be my imagination. At any rate, my imagination doesn’t make the lemonade any worse.

    • Brandi says:

      Hi Kelly, I have used the green and white versions, and the extract. Oh, and I have used the leaves themselves. I try to think of it like an experiment…but in general, I like the extract better. I still like to combine stevia with more traditional sweeters in my recipes. It seems to be a happy medium. Good luck on your stevia adventures!!!

  2. Kelly says:

    The Organic stevia I bought on amazon from Frontier Co-op tastes like really sweet green tea to me.

    I have looked for others that have said that green stevia tastes like that, but couldn’t find any that said that as well doing google searches.

    I’m not a big tea fan, and the stuff is harder to mix into liquids than the more refined white stevia powders.

    Tried to make lemonade with it, but it had too much of that tea taste I’m talking about, and the lemonade had a lot of green powder particles floating around.

    Also, it’s not as sweet as the more refined white powders.

    I figure anyone who likes tea would probably like it, but me, I think I’m going to stick with the more refined white powders, as they are simpler to understand. 1/8th of a teaspoon for 8oz of liquid. 4/8ths of a teaspoon for 32oz. I very much enjoy drinking something more than just water when trying to avoid carbs, and lemons and limes just don’t taste great without some sort of sweet to counteract the sour.

  3. Asra Baig says:

    .Stevia In the Raw is not stevia leaf powder but the white stevia extract.

  4. Asra Baig says:

    Stevia In the Raw is not stevia leaf powder but the white stevia extract.

  5. czosnek says:

    What’s up, just wanted to mention, I loved this blog post. It was helpful. Keep on posting!

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