Monk fruit has recently become a popular high-intensity sweetener. It’s named after the Chinese Buddhist monks who first cultivated it centuries ago. Golden monk fruit (or siraitia Grosvenor) is a tropical melon with no edible fruit, but the newly discovered fantastic sweetener (aka “luo han guo”) that lives within it. What makes it amazing is the fact that it has zero calories, and you get tons of sweetness from very small amounts.
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Understanding the Benefits of Monk Fruit as a Sweetener
Monk fruit’s multiple benefits are what has skyrocketed its popularity. It’s all natural, contains zero carbs, and has zero calories. Also, it has antioxidant properties, is non-GMO, and generally has no known side effects. It’s especially a good sweetener for those of us watching our sugar intake or managing our blood sugar. Many of us turn to monk fruit to avoid artificial sweeteners like aspartame.
Now, how do we compare monk fruit to traditional sweeteners? Well, that is an interesting question, isn’t it? Let’s break it down:
-Monk fruit is sweeter and more fragrant than sugar.
-It is more stable than honey in baking and cooking applications.
-It has no calories, which is a huge benefit to those watching their sugar intake or managing their blood sugar.
-It has a slightly different taste than sugar- a taste many describe as similar to honey, without the aftertaste.
-It does not have the intense sweetness that can be found in artificial sweeteners.
All these points help compare monk fruit to traditional sweeteners, and make it an easy choice for many!
Now that we’ve gone over the basics, let’s talk about some recipes that can help incorporate monk fruit into your diet:
-Monk fruit lemonade- Start off with a fresh lemonade and mix in monk fruit sweetener to taste. This is a great way to get your daily dose of sweetness with a fantastic and refreshing drink.
-Monk fruit sweetener smoothie- Blend your favorite smoothie ingredients, and add a few teaspoons of monk fruit sweetener for an added punch of sweetness.
-Monk fruit sweetened Paleo pancakes- Swapping out normal sugar for monk fruit sweetener, these Paleo pancakes are sure to please your family’s taste buds.
-Grain-free scones- Blend together almond flour, monk fruit sweetener, cinnamon, and other Pantry staples to make the perfect scone. Perfectly sweet and perfectly guilt-free!
These recipes are just a few of the many ways you can use monk fruit sweetener!
Now that we’ve gone over the basics, let’s talk about some practical tips I’ve picked up along my sweetener journey that can help you make the most of your monk fruit discovery:
-When using monk fruit sweetener, start off with a small amount and work your way up to the desired sweetness.
-Monk fruit sweetener can be substituted for regular sugar in the same proportions in most recipes.
-When baking with monk fruit sweetener, you’ll need to increase the baking time slightly.
-Store monk fruit sweetener in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
-Monk fruit sweetener can be used both in cooked and uncooked desserts, drinks, and dishes.
These tips will help you navigate the new and unexpected world of golden monk fruit.
Finally, don’t forget to have fun with it! Yes, monk fruit is a wonderful way to watch your sugar intake and lower your calorie count, but don’t forget to make it enjoyable. Make something you love, or experiment with something you’ve never made before. Be creative and enjoy the journey!
I hope the knowledge I’ve shared with you has been of help on your quest to understand Golden Monk Fruit, understanding the benefits of Monk Fruit as a Sweetener,