Learn how to make Stevia Powder Recipe with this easy-to-follow guide. Discover the art of using natural sweetener stevia to sweeten your dishes without compromising on flavor. Dive into the simple steps to enhance your culinary skills by incorporating this healthier alternative into your favorite recipes.
Every spring, I plant fresh stevia in my garden, and by September, all is ready for harvesting and preparing the most natural sweetener that lasts me for the year ahead.
Add to your morning tea or coffee without worrying about extra carbs in your low-carb lifestyle. Use it to make the perfect homemade whipped cream by simply whipping some heavy cream or crepes with powder.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
Stevia, the sweet leaf from the sunflower family, is a natural sweetener with no calories and a low glycemic index. Making your own stevia powder brings a personal touch to your kitchen creations and our lifestyle.
- No Additives – commercial sweeteners can be packed with additives. You control what goes in by making your powdered stevia, ensuring a pure and clean sweetness.
- Budget-Friendly Bliss – buying Stevia products can dent your wallet. Growing stevia leaves at home or finding them fresh at your local market can be a budget-friendly alternative.
- DIY Delight – there is something incredibly satisfying about making your pantry staples. It is like a mini culinary adventure that pays off every time you sweeten the deal in your recipes.
Aside from keto recipes in my low-carb lifestyle blog, I also made lots of pantry staples to help achieve any recipes that need no unnecessary carbs or sugars. Here, I have made homemade sugar-free sweeteners that can fit any recipe with a guilt-free touch.
Most of the sweeteners I made were liquids, and I have been such a good partner in some recipes I have prepared for you. I use simple syrup, maple syrup, or chocolate syrup for pancakes and waffles. Imagine enjoying those sweeteners without having to worry about your sugar consumption.
Drying Stevia Leaves
Since stevia leaves must be dried before turning them into a fine powder, you should not skip this process. After you grow your stevia, you can not blend fresh leaves unless you are in for making stevia extract, tincture or liquid stevia.
When drying stevia leaves, choose the best method that suits your preferences and resources. The main techniques are air-drying, oven-drying, or using a food dehydrator. In my case, I just let the leaves sit and dry naturally on a paper towel for three days.
When you dry your stevia leaves the right way and powder them, I assure you that you will get an instant sweetener ten times sweeter than sugar and forget about the store-bought ones.
How To Make Your Own Stevia Powder
Now, let us dive into how you can make your stevia powder home using only fresh stevia leaves. You can turn your stevia leaves into powder using various kitchen gadgets like a food processor or coffee grinder, but I am using a magic bullet blender for this recipe.
Kitchen Gadgets Needed:
- Paper Towel: Perfect for laying your fresh leaves to dry.
- Magic Bullet: Any blender will work, but its compact size makes it perfect for small batches and easy storage.
- Fresh Stevia Leaves: If you have a stevia plant at home, it is good, but as a substitution tip, you can find stevia leaves in specialty stores or online.
- Water: It is essential to ensure the leaves are clean before drying them.
*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.
STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE STEVIA POWDER
First Step: Prepare Stevia Leaves
The first thing to do is to wash the leaves with at least 1 cup of clean water.
Pick your leaves at the end of the summer, spread them on a paper towel, and let them dry naturally, which takes about three days. After the leaves dry, they are ready to be powdered.
Second Step: Blend
Toss the leaves into the magic bullet blender until you achieve a fine powder.
Third Step: Double-Check
Let the container sit for a while before opening the blender after powdering, as the powder or residue can settle and escape when you open it and irritate your eyes and nose.
Check if all the leaves are powdered.
TIPS AND TRICKS:
- Harvesting – for the freshest stevia leaves, harvest them in the morning when their sweetness peaks. Aim for the younger leaves, as they tend to be sweeter than the older ones.
- Magic bullet – When using a magic bullet blender, just pulse instead of press to prevent the leaves from turning into a paste. You want a powdery consistency, not a green sludge.
- Sieving – optionally, you can use a sieve to make sure you are left with only the finest and smooth stevia powder.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Substitute For Powdered Stevia Leaves
When powdered stevia leaves are not your thing, you can make a homemade stevia extract. It is a concentrated liquid of the sweet compounds in stevia leaves.
Homemade Stevia Extract
Making your own stevia extract is super easy. Once leaves are dry, crush or chop them and place them in a clean glass jar. Pour a high-proof alcohol like vodka or rum over the leaves, making sure they are fully submerged. Seal the jar tightly and store it in a cool, dark place for a few days to several weeks, allowing the alcohol to extract the sweet compounds from the leaves.
Finally, strain the liquid to separate the extract from the leaves, and you’ll have your homemade stevia extract ready to sweeten your favorite dishes more healthily.
Pour the extract into a small glass jar and seal.
Where To Use Stevia Powder?
Homemade stevia powder can make any dessert or sweet dish powerful but healthy. Here are some recipes you can incorporate your stevia powder with:
- Baked Goods – from cookies to cakes and even those mini cheesecake bites, your treats can now be enjoyed without the guilt.
- Smoothies – blend in a small amount of stevia powder to your smoothie for sweetness that will not sabotage your low-carb goals. It is the perfect way to kickstart your day on a sweet note.
- Chia Pudding – enjoy your fruity chia pudding by sprinkling a little stevia powder over the layers of the pudding with fresh berries.
- Fruity Treat – sprinkle stevia powder over sliced strawberries, blueberries, or any other low-carb fruit for a naturally sweet fruit salad. It is a simple yet delightful dessert or snack option.
How Do I Store Powdered Fresh Stevia?
Store your homemade stevia powder in a cool, dry place. Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight or moisture as much as possible because it could compromise the quality.
You can also transfer them into an airtight container like any other powdered recipe you have at home to prevent moisture from getting in, as it may affect the texture of the stevia.
Freezing stevia powder is generally not recommended. While freezing is a common method for preserving certain foods, it might not be the best option for stevia powder.
More Low-Carb Powdered Recipes
If you enjoyed making homemade stevia powder, I know you will also love to learn more about our powdered recipe for your low-carb lifestyle.
For your other dessert recipes that need a fruity, sweet kick, try our strawberry powder made from fresh strawberries. Our sweet cranberry powder is the same as stevia powder but has a fruity hint for your recipes.
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- 1 Cup Stevia Leaves
- Pick your leaves at the end of the summer, wash and spread them on a paper towel, and let them dry naturally, which takes about three days.
- Toss the leaves into the magic bullet blender until you achieve a fine powder.
- Let the container sit for a while before opening the blender after powdering, as the powder or residue can settle and escape when you open it and irritate your eyes and nose. Check if all the leaves are powdered.
- Harvesting - for the freshest stevia leaves, harvest them in the morning when their sweetness peaks. Aim for the younger leaves, as they tend to be sweeter than the older ones.
- Magic bullet - When using a magic bullet blender, just pulse instead of press to prevent the leaves from turning into a paste. You want a powdery consistency, not a green sludge.
- Sieving - optionally, you can use a sieve to make sure you are left with only the finest and smooth stevia powder.
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Serving Size1/2 teaspoon
Amount Per Serving Calories 0Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g
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