October 2011

I've been promising these for a while. And I also promised a food-heavy week on the blog this week. I keep my promises. I'm sorry the muffins took a while, but I also promise they're worth the wait. (You'll see that I kept that promise as soon as you make these treats.) With fall comes the return of Starbucks' pumpkin treats. Pumpkin loaf, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin cream cheese muffins...yum, yum, yum. But yuck, in a way, because of a) the price and b) the way I feel after consuming any of these. Lethargic, heavy and with a sugar rush - no fun!

Raise your hand if you know lots about stevia. If you don't know anything, keep your hand down. Mine would be somewhere in the middle. Then the lovely people at NuNaturals sent me an email asking me to review some of their products. I figured this was as good a time as any to increase my stevia IQ. I knew that stevia was a great natural sweetener that I could cook with to avoid getting the gross sugar highs and energy crashes I experience when I eat sugar. But when I have cooked with stevia in the past I've struggled to get past the slightly bitter aftertaste.