I know, I know, you’re confused. What is butter sugar carbs loving Sarah doing baking sugar free sweets and gluten free ones on top of that? Getting ready is what. Here is a Fact: South Asians are at a higher risk for Type 2 Diabetes. My father is diabetic. I love me some sugar. See where I am going with this? Yup, people, Stevia is my future. Might as well embrace it now, no?
Since we are buds, I will be honest with you. Also, because I am generally unnecessarily honest so why stop now. Stevia does not behave like sugar in baked goods so if you are trying to make your no fail brownies recipe with Stevia, it will fail. See Stevia isn’t like those chemical versions of sugar you will see in the baking aisle. Stevia is extracted from a leaf making it a natural sweetener, but one that doesn’t spike blood sugar levels. The Stevia I used is from a Canadian company called Greeniche. Their products are natural, Halal, You can buy it in powder form or liquid form. Greeniche has an impressive range of Stevia products, simply click here to figure out where to get yours! Just remember, in terms of sweetness, Stevia is significantly sweeter than sugar so a little goes a very long way!
With the Holidays around the corner (yay December!) it is time to entertain and that means entertaining those who are and aren’t watching their sugar. Often the diabetic guests are stuck with nothing or ‘cheat’ by having a small piece of something while wishing for more. With this Stevia Cheesecake Pie they no longer have to. This Cheesecake Pie features a crust that is absolutely nutty. Literally. Ground almonds and walnuts (or pecans) from Bulk Barn make up the crust which is only lightly sweetened with Stevia powder. The filling gets a delicious twist with Greeniche Orange Flavorall (liqiuid flavored stevia) and some good ol’ OJ. Top it with some raspberries or just pile on your favourite fruit. For an extra boost of sweetness (for those with a significant sweet tooth) you can always drizzle honey on top. Serve with coffee for a delicious pairing.
Stevia Orange Cheesecake Pie with a Gluten Free Crust
For the Crust:
- 1 1/4 cup finely ground almonds
- 1 1/4 cup finely ground walnuts or pecans
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tbsp stevia powder
- 1/4 cup butter (melted)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp milk
- 1/2 tsp instant coffee (optional)
For the Cheesecake Filling:
- 16 oz cream cheese (2 blocks)
- 1 tbsp stevia powder (used Greeniche brand)
- 1.5 tbsp Orange flavorall (used Greeniche brand)
- Zest of an orange
- 4 tbsp orange juice
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 2 cups Raspberries (or other fruit you like!)
- A little runny honey (optional)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
Lightly grease a 9-inch pie plate
Combine all the filling ingredients, mixture will be soft and crumbly.
Press into pan and bake at 325 with the edges covered with foil for 15 minutes, remove foil bake another 5-8 minutes or until the edges look moderately browned (not burnt!)
Whip cream cheese until smooth
Add orange zest, orange juice, 1 tbsp of stevia, orange flavorall, mix well
Add whipping cream and beat well. Mixture will become fluffier.
Adjust sweetness with a little more flavorall if needed
Pour into cooled crust, let set for 4 hours, top with fruit and serve.
To make this into a cheesecake simply firmly press the crust down into a greased springform pan. Bake for 12 minutes (watch the color carefully!) until golden brown. Once the crust cools pour in the cheesecake mixture, cool until firm (about 4 hours). Top with fruit and serve.
Have you ever made Stevia desserts? Would love to know what you think! If you want more ideas then click over to the Greeniche Blog
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Greeniche a Canadian company that has several lines of natural health products. Although I am compensated for this post the recipe (and opinions) are my own!