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‘Bake It’ With Cheech: Let’s Talk About Sugar

Let’s talk about sugar, we all love it, but hate the effects it has on our bodies.

Two of my favorite substitutes for sugar in baking are Stevia and Agave Nectar.

Stevia is a zero on the Glycemic Index so it’s really better for you, while Agave is a 15 on the Glycemic Index, which is low but not as good as Stevia.

I, however, like to use both in equal parts when substituting sugar. For example, if the recipe calls for 200g of sugar, I’ll do 100g of Stevia and 100g of Agave. I do this because Stevia has a bit of a bitter taste when too much is used in a recipe.

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Do note that Agave is a liquid so depending on the recipe, you will have to reduce the amount of liquid the recipe calls for because of the extra liquid the Agave adds. For example, if the recipe calls for 400g of sugar and 250g of milk, I’d change it to 200g of Agave, 200g of Stevia, and 167g of milk (reducing it by ⅓).

Apply this to your next health conscious recipe and see how it turns out!

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Chinyere Raychelle Otiocha

Raychelle is a 24-year-old certified Pastry Chef who recently relocated to Nigeria, more specifically, Port Harcourt, to spread her love of all things sweet. She specialize in cakes but does all sorts of pastries and desserts, some of which she will be sharing on 'Bake It With Cheech'.

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