We’ve been using monk fruit a lot for items at the Source, so I thought I’d tell you a little bit about why we LOVE this alternative to sugar.
Monk fruit sweetener is simply the juice extracted from monk fruit, dried into a powder form. It has 0 calories and doesn’t impact blood sugar levels, making it ideal for diabetics. It’s 150 to 200 times as sweet as sugar, and sometimes has a slight aftertaste, but not as much as something like stevia. So far, there have been no negative side affects noted, and we’ve been loving it at the source! We’re using it for baked goods and raw sweet treats.
The biggest downside to monk fruit is that it grows in Southeast Asia, it’s difficult to grow and expensive to import.
If you want to experiment with it at home, try a pure monk fruit extract. I can’t wait to hear what you think!