Last Updated 2019

Updating in June of 2019 because I have been using a new sweetener and I love it so far.  It's by SoNourished I order mine from Amazon since I've not seen it locally and so far, I've loved everything I've made with it.

I usually opt to use the powdered erythritol blend that has monk fruit with it as it has a great flavor and it's never let me down.  The powdered version is great because it mixes so easily and doesn't stay gritty or granular in my recipes.  This is the link to the one I buy on Amazon:

Powdered Monk Fruit Sweetener with Erythritol Confectioners (1 lb / 16 oz) - Perfect for Diabetics & Low Carb Dieters - 1:1 Sugar Replacement - No Calorie Sweetener, Non-GMO, Natural Sugar Substitute

I also bought these; the granular form of the erythriol  and monk fruit blend, and the plain erythritol.  Since I always blend 2-3 sweeteners in my recipes to get the best flavor, they both work well for me.



Ever since Ideal stopped making their 'brown sugar' version a few years ago, I've been searching for a good alternative.  I've used Just Like Sugar but it's not quite right for some things.  I have used Splenda and Truvia but both them HAVE REAL SUGAR IN THEM and I don't want to use them even though they work and taste great.  Instead, I've been using my white granulated sweetener and adding a tiny bit of blackstrap molasses to it.  Now I don't have to because... SWERVE HAS BROWN SWEETENER!

Swerve's regular 'white' sweeteners get on my nerves because they have that minty taste that Eryrthritol gives but in this brown sugar version it doesn't shine though and it's been perfect for everything I've been using it in.
  • TASTES AMAZING: Brown Swerve is sweet and delicious. It is a natural brown sugar replacement that does not have the bitter aftertaste associated with other sweeteners like stevia and monkfruit.
  • MEASURES LIKE BROWN SUGAR: If your recipe calls for a cup of brown sugar; simply replace with a cup of Swerve. Since it measures just like brown sugar, using Swerve in your favorite recipes will be a breeze.
  • ZERO NET CARBS: The ingredients in Swerve do not affect blood sugar, so the carbohydrates it contains are considered non-impact.
  • KETO-FRIENDLY: Because Swerve is non-glycemic, it is the perfect sweetener to use in Ketogenic recipes.
  • NON-GMO VERIFIED: Only the highest quality ingredients are used. The Ingredients in Swerve come from Europe and North America – there are no ingredients from China
  Swerve Sweetener, Bakers Bundle, Granular and Confectioners, 12 Ounce, pack of 2


An 'old' favorite that I don't buy as often because it's the most expensive but I love it and I always have it on hand in the pantry.  There are a couple of my recipes that work especially well with this brand.  UPDATE: 2019 - this product is currently getting pretty hard to find!  Their website says they still sell through 3 online retailers but most of the time it's listed as 'out of stock' or 'currently unavailable'.  You can check the link to Amazon below or this one to Netrition has Just Like Sugar and Other Natural Sweeteners as they are in stock.

Just Like Sugar  Sweetener

Just Like Sugar is obtained from Chicory Root, Calcium and Vitamin C. For those looking for a natural alternative to harmful artificial sweeteners. Just Like Sugar is a wonderful natural alternative for those health conscious people, who choose a calorie-restricted diet, with a great pure sweet flavor that tastes just like sugar.

"Just Like Sugar granular composition is as sweet as regular sugar 
cane gram for gram and will dissolve instantly in any type of drinks, 
hot or cold. Just Like Sugar tastes great in all of your cooking, 
baking and foods recipes that you sprinkle sugar on 
such as cereal, fruits, shakes, etc."

Also available:  Brown Sweetener by Just Like Sugar

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IDEAL - one of my long time favorites that I've been buying for years.  Xylitol is the main ingredient by volume in Ideal® no calorie sweetener. Xylitol has been used worldwide in foods for over 40 years, having received FDA approval as a food additive in 1963. You’ve probably seen it in foods like sugar-free gum, lozenges, puddings.

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is:
  • As sweet as sugar with fewer calories
  • Safe for pregnant women and children
  • Endorsed by dental associations* and other medical professionals
  • Not safe for pets, especially dogs

What is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol that can be found in many fruits and vegetables and is even produced by the human body as part of the normal metabolism of glucose. With its low glycemic index, xylitol is a great alternative for people with diabetes since it is metabolized independently of insulin.

Xylitol is also known for its dental benefits. Xylitol inhibits the growth of the bacteria that cause cavities. Many research organizations (including the Calorie Control Council and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) have identified considerable health benefits from using xylitol.

Ideal® cooks and bakes more like sugar than the leading no calorie sweetener.  The granular blend measures cup-for-cup like sugar and comes in a recloseable bag. With Ideal® it's easy—and delicious—to satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt!

50 and 100 count cartons provide the perfect size for any home. One packet of Ideal® sweetens like two teaspoons of sugar, and dissolves like magic in hot and iced beverages.


This one I WAS excited about because I can buy it either online or locally as it's so easy to find but then I read the label (which they changed to reflect a more honest approach) in 2018 and it has sugar in it.  It's a blend.  So if you want or need to be completely sugar free, read the label.  If you just want to 'cut down' on sugar, this would work for you.

  Truvia Baking Blend Natural Sweetener is available in my local grocery stores along with another sweetener that I can't endorse because I hated it (It starts with a P and has an interesting spelling).  Truvia however, is a Stevia based sweetener and in cooking, marinades, baked goods, on my homemade flax cereal - it's come through with flying colors. 


Got dogs?

Dogs digest foods differently than we do, so some foods are not safe for them to eat. Foods like chocolate, apples, peaches, raisins, grapes, avocados, baking soda and xylitol are not safe for your pet. So, please don't let them eat anything made with these foods.

Georgene G. asked about tummy issues in the comments.  I do have tummy issues when I eat sugar free 'store bought' foods like the sugar free cake mixes and sugar free cookies because they have Malitol in them.  I haven't noticed trouble with home baked goods made with Just Like Sugar, Erythritol, Truvia or ideal brand xylitol. (I typically don't touch things with Malitol because it's just not worth the pain and bathroom trips after!)

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