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NuNaturals stevia products giveaway

November 23rd, 2009 · 70 Comments · product reviews

So my previous post was in fact a little tease. No, I am not giving away cookies, but they were the star of yesterday’s blind tasting :) Now let’s rewind a bit to what prompted this whole thing…

Back in September, I received a whole loot of stevia products from NuNaturals to try. NuNatural’s stevia products are 100% natural, gluten free, and do not contain aspartame, saccharin, sucralose, HFCS, sugar or any other artificial sweeteners or colors.


I know stevia is still somewhat controversial, with most European countries, Hong Kong and Singapore banning its use in food (source: wikipedia). On the other hand, many argue that it’s 100% natural and perfectly safe for consumption – even better for you than the over processed sugar that spikes up your blood sugar levels and it contains no calories! I normally wouldn’t seek it out, but free samples was all I needed to give it a go ๐Ÿ˜€

I’ve been using the pure liquid clear stevia drops in my morning coffee ever since receiving the samples. I switched from splenda to sugar to then agave nectar earlier in the year, so my taste buds adapted to a “different” kind of sweet in my coffee. I think if you’re used to sugar in your coffee, stevia may taste funky to you. You may be able to get used to it if saving a few calories every morning is worth it to you, or just not bother ๐Ÿ˜‰ For me, this was an easy switch.


Until Sunday this was the only product I taste tested, so it was time to put the NuStevia Sweetener Stevia Baking Blend to use!


This baking blend has 15 calories/tablespoon (1/3 of regular sugar) and provides 3 grams of fiber. You’re supposed to substitute it one-to-one in baking recipes so that’s what I did. I followed this recipe for cranberry white chocolate oatmeal cookies, splitting it in half (using brown sugar in one and the Stevia baking blend in the other). The texture of the baking blend was very powdery. My friend Tiffany helped me with baking and we knew immediately the textures would be different… and it was definitely the case!

The batch with brown sugar



The batch with the NuStevia baking blend



Side by side:


Ok, so they looked different but how did they taste? We had 3 boys try them + me and Tiffany (they boys did not know what was different about the cookies). Adam said he could not tell the cookies apart; Gary agreed. Kyle said he tasted the difference but couldn’t decide which one he’d prefer. I pressed him for an answer to pick just one but he really couldn’t; he liked both! That’s good news for stevia :) Tiffany and I both found the batch with brown sugar superior in taste (although I think that they are uglier). I found the stevia cookies to be a bit “off,” almost bitter. The cookies with stevia were also a bit more dry while the brown sugar kept the cookies nice and moist.ย  The boys were clearly fooled though! ๐Ÿ˜‰ So there you have it, that’s 3 neutrals against 2 pro-“real sugar.” [I should note that the textural and moisture difference could be due to the molasses that’s in brown sugar.]

And now it’s giveaway time!! NuNaturals offered to send FOUR winners NuStevia white stevia powder packets and the pure liquid vanilla stevia.

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If you would like to try these stevia products, here are the giveaway rules:

1) Leave a comment on this post!

2) If you have a blog, let others know about the giveaway and link back to this post.ย  If you donโ€™t have a blog, tell someone about this giveaway and let me know that youโ€™ve done so (after they enter the giveaway by commenting). *This earns you 2 bonus points*

3) If you have a blog, add Healthy and Sane to your blogroll (if Iโ€™m already on your blogroll, let me know โ€“ it counts!).ย  If you donโ€™t, shoot me an email and give me some feedback on my blog. *This also earns you 2 bonus points*

The giveaway will go through 5pm EST on November 30. I will announce the four winners that night. Good luck! :mrgreen:

How do you feel about Stevia? Love it or hate it?

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