Recently, I had fun cooking with my kids while trying out a new sweetener at the same time. Being a mom, I'm apprehensive when it comes to sugar substitutes, so I was very curious to try NECTRESSE™. This new sweetener is made from a fruit that I didn't really know a lot about until now. It is called Monk fruit. It is a small green melon that grows in the mountain regions of Asia. NECTRESSE™ is actually the only 100% natural sweetener made from a fruit extract that is available on the market thus far. NECTRESSE™ was created by combining the sweet monk fruit with other natural sweeteners thus giving you the sweet taste without all of the calories.
We found this easy and yummy recipe (Bite Size Apples Pies-Taste of Home) from the blog.. Cookin Up North. NECTRESSE™Sweetener is much sweeter than sugar, so we only needed to use half of the portion needed for the recipe.
Bite Size Apple Pies -Taste of Home
1/2 c. sugar (substituted 1/4 cup of NECTRESSE™)
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 pkg. (14.1 oz..} refrigerated pie crust
3 tbsp. melted butter, divided
2 medium tart apples, each cut into 8 wedges
In a small bowl, combine the sweetener and cinnamon, set aside 1 Tbsp. On a lightly floured surface, unroll the pastry. Brush with 2 Tbsp. melted butter, sprinkle with remaining mixture.
Cut each sheet into 8 one inch strips, about 8 in. long. Wrap one strip around each apple wedge, placing sugared side of pastry against apple.
Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with mixture. Bake at 425 for 13-15 minutes or until pastry is golden brown. Serve warm. Makes 16.
The recipe turned out great and the combination of the sweetener and cinnamon was perfect. We probably could have even used less of the sweetener. And if you are in the mood to splurge a little, add a dollop of vanilla ice-cream!
After baking with NECTRESSE™ and using it in my coffee, my family recommends this new product and plan on using it again. We truly enjoyed the taste of it. Actually, it is also recommended by Lisa Ling. Due to a family history of diabetes she has been cautious of her sugar intake and has relied on no calorie sweeteners to satisfy her sweet tooth. Learn more about her experiences below and feel free to share her video with others who may be interested.