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Can sugar be replaced with monkfruit sweetener easily?

creesamacreesama Member Posts: 111 Member Member Posts: 111 Member
So I have a chocolate chip cookie recipe and wondered if swapping the sugar for the monkfruit sweetener would cause any problems? I'm not trying to make them keto friendly or anything like that. Just wondered if that would be a simple way to reduce calories a bit and enjoy a little indulgence. I know I could enjoy them with regular sugar as long as I'm in my deficit, but thought shaving off a few calories might be nice and I could possibly have a second cookie that way ha 😁

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  • acpgeeacpgee Member Posts: 6,133 Member Member Posts: 6,133 Member
    Baking is a tricky alchemy. I would initially try swapping a third or quarter of sugar for monkifsh sweetner and see if you get a decent texture. In my experience, coconut macaroons come out well with half of the sugar swapped out for splenda, but pavlova bottoms don't fare so well with a 50% replcement as they don't harden.
  • creesamacreesama Member Posts: 111 Member Member Posts: 111 Member
    acpgee wrote: »
    Baking is a tricky alchemy. I would initially try swapping a third or quarter of sugar for monkifsh sweetner and see if you get a decent texture. In my experience, coconut macaroons come out well with half of the sugar swapped out for splenda, but pavlova bottoms don't fare so well with a 50% replcement as they don't harden.

    That's a good idea, thanks for the response! I'm new to using artificial sweeteners
  • creesamacreesama Member Posts: 111 Member Member Posts: 111 Member
    whmscll wrote: »
    A better way to save some calories is to swap out 1/2 the butter/margarine with unsweetened applesauce. It makes 0 difference in how to cookies look or taste IMO.

    Thanks!! I think I remember doing this in home-ec in HS with cake, but haven't ever tried cookies!
  • AshHeartsJesusAshHeartsJesus Member Posts: 424 Member Member Posts: 424 Member
    I would look up a recipe that is similar to the one you want because you can't relace monkfruit one for one with sugar.
  • creesamacreesama Member Posts: 111 Member Member Posts: 111 Member
    I would look up a recipe that is similar to the one you want because you can't relace monkfruit one for one with sugar.

    The package says 1:1 replacement...?
  • AshHeartsJesusAshHeartsJesus Member Posts: 424 Member Member Posts: 424 Member
    Hmm try it and see then. It will probably be yummy 👍
  • AshHeartsJesusAshHeartsJesus Member Posts: 424 Member Member Posts: 424 Member
    If it has maltrodextrin in it be careful that can raise your blood sugar to. It should only have monkfruit, but some companies are sneaky 😐
  • creesamacreesama Member Posts: 111 Member Member Posts: 111 Member
    If it has maltrodextrin in it be careful that can raise your blood sugar to. It should only have monkfruit, but some companies are sneaky 😐

    Good to know, thanks!!
  • 42firm0342firm03 Member Posts: 115 Member Member Posts: 115 Member
    If it’s Lakanto then you can swap it 1:1 and my family can’t tell the difference. That stuff is magic. Swapping butter for applesauce would work in other kinds of baked goods but not cookies!
  • TonydevolaniiTonydevolanii Member Posts: 661 Member Member Posts: 661 Member
    If you're looking to replace sugar with something alternatively sweet also I think you are in the wrong way and you will collapse soon
  • creesamacreesama Member Posts: 111 Member Member Posts: 111 Member
    If you're looking to replace sugar with something alternatively sweet also I think you are in the wrong way and you will collapse soon

    Not sure what you're trying to say here...
    edited July 2020
  • TonydevolaniiTonydevolanii Member Posts: 661 Member Member Posts: 661 Member
    I can see
  • creesamacreesama Member Posts: 111 Member Member Posts: 111 Member
    42firm03 wrote: »
    If it’s Lakanto then you can swap it 1:1 and my family can’t tell the difference. That stuff is magic. Swapping butter for applesauce would work in other kinds of baked goods but not cookies!

    Yes, Lakanto, it's awesome! Kinda pricey, but I think about what I'd spend on other sweets in the past and it's about the same, minus calories!
  • Hanibanani2020Hanibanani2020 Member Posts: 523 Member Member Posts: 523 Member
    If you can get past the aftertaste...I can’t
  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Member Posts: 25,873 Member Member Posts: 25,873 Member
    If you're looking to replace sugar with something alternatively sweet also I think you are in the wrong way and you will collapse soon

    I've been doing this since 2015, when do you expect my collapse?
  • Diatonic12Diatonic12 Member Posts: 32,351 Member Member Posts: 32,351 Member
    Oooo, Tony. Ain't nobody got time for more collapse. 'Rona, hurricanes, earthquakes and wild swings UP and down in the stock market. Using monkfruit in a recipe is small potatoes.
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Member Posts: 24,849 Member Member Posts: 24,849 Member
    creesama wrote: »
    So I have a chocolate chip cookie recipe and wondered if swapping the sugar for the monkfruit sweetener would cause any problems? I'm not trying to make them keto friendly or anything like that. Just wondered if that would be a simple way to reduce calories a bit and enjoy a little indulgence. I know I could enjoy them with regular sugar as long as I'm in my deficit, but thought shaving off a few calories might be nice and I could possibly have a second cookie that way ha 😁

    I can't help you with your monkfruit question, but for most baked goods recipes I can reduce the sugar by at least 1/3 and get excellent results.

    If you do that plus the applesauce thing you can shave considerable calories.

    Let us know how they come out!
  • RockingWithLJRockingWithLJ Member Posts: 216 Member Member Posts: 216 Member
    Try it and see how it tastes
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