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.
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!
I use it for baked goods and my famous budinos (Italian Pudding) with stabilized whipped cream.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I also enjoy these keto friendly french cookies, Financiers using Swerve and browned butter.
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.
Take a good look at some of the desserts I have made with Swerve!
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.