ZSweet is Well Worth Trying – It Works Without an After Taste

On our recent IFWTWA Conference at Sea, I received a packet of ZSweet products to test and review. I tossed it in my suitcase to try once I got home. Except for

stevia, I’ve not had much success with zero calorie sweeteners. However since ZSweet is all-natural, I was willing to give it a try.

First came reading the support material to discover this zero calorie, zero glycemic, Kosher, gluten-free, all natural alternative sweetener contains a blend of erythitol, stevia extract and natural flavors. The erythritol, which comes from honeycomb, is cultured from sugar and infused with S. rebaudiana leaf extract from the stevia plant.

For me personally, the stevia was a clincher that this may pass the palate test and it did, with flying colors.

For those who need to limit or avoid sugar, this is a terrific answer.

It is available in little packets that are equal to two teaspoons of sugar, an 8.5 ounce shaker container that is granulated, and an 8 ounce or 24 ounce powdered form that measures and sweetens like powdered sugar and suitable for baking.

For me, the powdered form is a huge bonus. Most of the substitutes do not measure the same. The ZSweet website has many delicious recipes.

Since apple season will soon be approaching, I’m including their apple pie recipe.

ZSweet Apple Pie Delight

Servings 8 slices
Crust Ingredients
2 cups flour
2 tbsp ZSweet
1 tsp salt
6 oz unsalted butter
6 tbsp cold water

Filling Ingredients
6 cups Granny Smith apples, sliced
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup ZSweet®
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp corn starch
5 spritzes butter spray

To prepare crust:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix together flour, ZSweet®, salt. Using a pastry
blender, cut in butter until mixture becomes crumbly (like cornmeal). Add ice water and mix with fingers until mixture forms a ball. Cover and set aside pastry until well chilled (about 30 mintues). Divide pastry into half and roll out between pieces of wax paper. Fit pastry into a 9″ pie pan and bake for approximately 7 minutes. Roll out remaining pastry dough and set aside.

To prepare filling:
Peel and cut apples evenly into 1/2 inch slices. Sprinkle lemon juice over the apple slices. Mix together ZSweet®, nutmeg, cinnamon, and corn starch, and combine with apple mixture. Pour apple mixture into the pie shell and spritz with butter spray. Use remaining pastry to form a lattice topping or cut a vented top crust. Protect edges of crust with foil to prevent over-browning. Bake approximately 40 minutes until crust is golden brown and apples are to desired softness (juices will bubble).

Nutrition Facts
Makes 10 servings, Serving size: 1 slice, Amount per serving, Calories   172.2, Total Carbs   44.5 g, Dietary Fiber   6.6 g, Sugars   9.9 g, Total Fat   2.3 g, Saturated Fat   1.3 g, Unsaturated Fat   1 g, Potassium   64.5 mg, Protein   2.8 g, Sodium   234.2 mg

ZSweet is distributed by the leading US Wholesale Distributor and can be ordered by any Whole Foods Market or Vitamin Shoppe location or other fine Natural Food retailer.  However, if your Whole Foods Market does not have it, you can order online at www.zsweet.com or call 866-227-9338.

After you try it, let me know what you think.

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