Friday, November 7, 2014

Monk Fruit in the Raw is YOUR New Sugar Substitute!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge, from Monk Frui In the Raw, via Moms Meet Sampling Program, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Are you looking for a healthier way to satisfy your sweet tooth?

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Monk Fruit In The Raw, one of the newest members of the growing family of the In The Raw sweeteners, is a wholesome, zero calorie sweetener made from real monk fruit. Monk Fruit In The Raw has a sweet, clean taste that’s perfect for the entire family. 

In The Raw knows it's alternative sweeteners- they've been in business since the 1970s! 

Unlike other alternative sweeteners, Monk Fruit in the Raw is able to be used for baking just like regular sugar! Monk fruit is a vine-ripened fruit that is native to Asia, known as luo hang guo in Asia. It was first harvested in the 13th century by local monks (hence the nickname). Monk Fruit In The Raw is made from extract from monk fruit that is blended with other sweeteners to create the perfect balance of sweet. It is naturally vegan, kosher, and gluten-free, and does not contain any added table sugar, sugar alcohols, or molasses. It is processed in a nut free facility too, for those with allergies!

Monk Fruit in the Raw

One packet of Monk Fruit In The Raw is about as sweet as two teaspoons of sugar.The Monk Fruit In The Raw Baker’s Bag measures cup for cup, just like sugar and can be used to replace all of the sugar in beverages, sauces, and dressings. For baked goods, it is recommended to only replace half of the amount of sugar with Monk Fruit In The Raw for best results

I was able to sample Monk Fruit in the Raw with my fellow Mom friends, courtesy of Mom's Meet recently. We had a coffee get together, and I used the Monk Fruit in the Raw to make our main treat for the morning, as well as having the packets available for coffee!

Monk Fruit in the Raw Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins/ Donuts

Monk Fruit in the Raw Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins/ Donuts
Makes 30-36 mini muffins or 14-18 donuts
1/2 cp softened butter
1/2 cp Monk in the Raw sugar

1/2 cp sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cp applesauce (no applesauce? Make your own- see note below!)
2 cps all purpose flour (or you can use you own Gluten-Free blend)
1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp ground cinnamon (you can use less, depends on your tastes)
1/2 cp softened butter
Sugar blend- 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cp brown sugar, 1/4 cp sugar or sugar substitute

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
2. Spray mini muffin tins, and/or donut pans, with non-stick cooking spray, or with Cake Lift Ease (preferred).
3. In large bowl beat together the butter and sugars, until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla, and applesauce, just til combined.
4. In separate bowl, mix together the the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Then gradually add mix to your butter mixture, mixing well with each addition.
5. Fill your mini muffin pans ONLY 1/2 full! This dough will RISE and if they go over, they can be hard to get out! You can also use in donut pans instead, filling between 1/2 and 2/3 on them.
6. Bake muffins for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center, comes out clean. For donuts, cook 8-10 minutes, or follow your pan's instructions.
7. Allow muffins and/or donuts to cool on wire rack for 10 minutes, and then carefully remove them from their pans.
8. Melt your butter in microwave in a shallow bowl. Place your sugar blend mix in second shallow bowl.
9. Place each muffin in the butter, be sure to roll to coat all the way around, and then roll in the sugar mix coating. Place on cookie sheet to set. Note- if you are making donuts, you may need to double up the butter and sugar. 

Make Your Own Applesauce:
2 large or 3 small/medium apples
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of Monk Fruit in the Raw

Cut apple into slices and place in micro safe bowl with rest of the ingredients. Cook on high for 5 minutes, check for doneness. If apples not 'smooshy', then cook for 3-5 more minutes. let cool for 2 minutes and if you did not peel your apple slices beforehand, then remove peels (careful, they are HOT). Smash all ingredients together and you should have 3/4 to 1 cp of applesauce. Easy peasy!

The overall opinion was WOW! These taste GREAT! There were a few things to note:
- Monk Fruit in the Raw does NOT brown like other sugars, thus you have to add some regular sugar to get your baked goods to brown
- Taste is optimum with this product, I felt the mix was TOO sweet, and could have probably used about 1/4 cup less! Others really liked the sweetness, so again it's personal.
- There really is NO aftertaste, you just taste the sweetness, like after you've had a bite of sweet candy

If you are looking for a sugar alternative, be sure to check out Monk Fruit in the Raw- your family may never know you're making healthy treats for them! And with the holidays upon us, isn't it wonderful to be able to add a natural zero calorie sweetener to all those sweets you'll be making?

To find an In The Raw retailer near you, check their store locator on their website
And be sure to grab a $2 off coupon for the Baker's Bag, or 55 cents off the 40 count packet box. on the In The Raw website!

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