What is Swerve Sweetener? Why I Use Swerve for Keto Baking

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What is Swerve Sweetener?

Swerve is a sugar free replacement made with powdered erythritol.  It is not the same as stevia (which is an herb) and tastes much better. The small company is based out of New Orleans.

What is Powdered Erythritol?

Powdered erythritol is a sugar alcohol, which yields no carb effect, no calories and no spike in blood sugar.

Swerve with Packaging

Why Swerve Sweetener as a Sugar Replacement

A few years ago a friend’s boyfriend was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It became important to offer some kind of sugar free desserts. I started baking some sweets with stevia. It was tolerable, but not wonderful. Then I heard about Swerve and was curious to bake and see if my readers would like it.

They loved it. My keto desserts are by far my most popular.

I realized Swerve Sweetener was helping to solve many people’s dietary problems. The low carb life style (which I follow) and the keto diet are very popular, but not easy to stay with if there are no sweet treats. That’s reality.

Swerve makes baked goods that taste wonderful and are a game changer. The desserts that can be made with Swerve Sweetener are mind blowing to the diet crowd and to my family and friends. We all love that we can enjoy sweets while avoiding sugar and the joint pains, headaches, inflammation and weight gain that comes with sugar. Sugar spikes blood sugar and makes you hungry. Swerve doesn’t do that!

What is Swerve. What I use It.

I use it for baked goods and my famous budinos (Italian Pudding) with stabilized whipped cream. 

Lemon Budino

Chocolate Budino 

What is Swerve made of?

Swerve is basically a brand of powdered erythritol? While there are other sugar free brands using powdered erythritol blends in their sugar free sweetener, I love this brand.

According to the Swerve website, Swerve is made from ingredients found in select fruits and starchy root vegetables, and contains no artificial ingredients, preservatives or flavors. It’s zero-calorie, non-glycemic and safe for those living with diabetes, since it has no effect on blood glucose or insulin levels.

They use non GMO raw materials, which are fermented in brewery tanks, which naturally creates erythritol. Enzymes are added to the starchy root vegetables, which break down the starch and create oligosaccharides. Erythritol and olgiosaccharides and a little citrus flavor are the only ingredients in Swerve.

I use it for low carb breakfast pancakes and Keto Dutch babies.  

How do You use Swerve?

Swerve suggests using its product in recipes one to one. I don’t do that because I never have used the full amount of sugar in suggested American baked cooks. Over the decades desserts became sweeter and sweeter, much too sweet for me.

I have experimented in my keto recipe kitchen testing and use a lot less sweetener with much success, so this is up to your own tastebuds. I supplement Swerve with a few drops of liquid stevia glycerite, which balances the sweetness for my personal taste.

I use Swerve a lot during the summer for simple syrups. 

Peach Simple Syrup

Apple Almond Tart using Swerve

Grain Free Apple Almond Tart

My Favorite New Mini Chocolate Bundt Cakes use confectioner’s swerve for the glaze.

What is Serve Confectioner’s Sugar?

Swerve makes an amazing confectioner’s sugar which is very fine and works exactly like regular confectioner’s sugar, only you use less.

It’s possible to make a delicious sugar free chocolate frosting. 

Low Carb Chocolate Frosting, Keto Friendly from Spinach Tiger

It’s also possible to make  a fancy lemon cake using Swerve and still be low carb.

I served this coconut cake at Easter and it was huge hit with everyone.

Keto Triple Layer Cocont Cake

Swerve is very important around the holidays as we love our pumpkin.

These are just an example of a the many Swerve Sweetened Fall Desserts we have made.

Low Carb Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

What kinds of Sweetener does Swerve make?

They make granulated, confectioner’s and brown sugar.  If you only have the granulated, I think it’s good idea to run it through your processor if your desserts are going to be refrigerated. This is my personal opinion, and why using the confectioner’s sugar (same erythritol), but processed finer can be used in all recipes.

Swerve Sweetener

I use the Swerve brown sugar replacement for specific recipes like these keto pecan tassies, which are just as good as my originals.

I also enjoy these keto friendly french cookies, Financiers using Swerve and browned butter.

Keto Financier Recipe

Is Swerve a Safe Sweetener?

In a word, yes  but I refer you to Swerve’s Website for the answers here. 

Is Swerve the Same as Stevia?

While stevia is also a safe sweetener, it is not Swerve. Stevia is an herb, but have a bitter aftertaste.

How Many Net Carbs are in Swerve?

When you’re counting carbs you do not need to count the carbs in swerve sweetener because they pass through the body. When I am figuring out the carbs in my desserts I eliminate the carbs from Swerve. Read their F.A.Q. health and safety answers here. 

Swerve also makes some boxed cake mixes. In this Keto Texas Sheet Cake, I used the chocolate cake mix.

Texas Sheet Cake

Take a good look at some of the desserts I have made with Swerve!

Keto Swerve Sweetened Desserts

Spinach Tiger Low Carb, Keto Desserts Here

So tell me, have you ditched sugar and have you tried Swerve Sweetener? You can buy on Amazon or at your local grocery store. Let me know what you think. If you bake any of my recipes, please hashtag me on Instagram #spinachtiger.


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2 Comments

  1. I SAW YOU TODAY ON TALK OF THE TOWN AND THAT IS HOW I KNEW ABOUT YOUR RECIPE., I WOULD LOVE TO COOK IT BUT DO I HAVE TO USE SWERVE FLOUR. IT IS EXPENSIVE. IF I WENT RIGHT BY YOUR RECIPE IT WOULD COST A SMALL FORTUNE TO BAKE IT,DO YOU GET YOUR FROM AMAZON , I CHECKED ON IT AND IT WAS 22.000 FOR JUST THE FLOUR. I SOUNDS REALLY GOOD AND I NEED SOMETHING TO TAKE AWAY THE CRAVING FOR SUGAR.HAVE YOU TRIED TRUVIA ?IT ALSO HAS ERYTHRITOL IN IT PLUS THE STEVIA LEAF,I STARTED USING IT WHEN I WAS GOING TO WEIGHT WATCHERS IN GLASGOW ,OUR SPEAKER TOLD US ABOUT IT AND I HAVE BEEN USING IT EVER SINCE.

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