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Low Carb Powdered Sugar
This low carb powdered sugar is perfect for all of your baking, smoothies, shakes, and candies! This recipe is not only low carb, but it is also sugar free, keto friendly, and Trim Healthy Mama friendly!
A couple of years ago the ladies at Trim Healthy Mama came out with Gentle Sweet, a low carb powdered sweetener that tastes A LOT like sugar, but without the health-damaging effects of sugar.
Their sweetener was an instant success, and I always recommend it as my favorite sweetener.
If you have followed my blog for any period of time, you will see that most all of my dessert recipes call for using this Low Carb Powdered Sugar, also known as Gentle Sweet.
A lot of non-THM people who follow my blog are constantly asking, “What is that?” So, I’m here to tell you, and give you an option for making your own low carb powdered sugar at home!
This powdered sweetener is a blend of xylitol, erythritol, and stevia.
All of these sweeteners are natural, and do not have a negative effect on your blood sugar.
You may be wondering if these sweeteners are low carb? And I'm pleased to tell you that YES, they are!
If you are wondering about erythritol in particular, be sure to check out this in-depth article - Is erythritol keto?
There is one caveat, though. Xylitol, while not harmful to humans, is extremely toxic to dogs. So if you have fur babies, you may want to find another option, such as this Xylitol-Free Gentle Sweet!
I have been using this sweetener for a couple of years, and it is my absolute favorite! It tastes SO much like sugar, but does not leave an aftertaste, like stevia alone.
You can see exactly how I make it by watching the video below!
When I was in Ohio over Christmas, my mother-in-law told me she just mixes Xylitol and Pyure together to make her own version of this sweetener. (Pyure can be found here on Amazon, but it is also sold at most Walmarts.)
That got me to thinking . . . Pyure measures like Super Sweet (for my own tastes), as it is a blend of erythritol and stevia.
Back in the beginnings of THM sweeteners, Pearl and Serene said to make your own Super Sweet you could mix 1 cup of erythritol and 1 teaspoon of stevia to make your own blend.
I have been mixing 2 parts xylitol to 1 part Pyure/similar sweetener. So this recipe was born! If you do not want to buy the erythritol and stevia separately, you can buy Pyure at most walmarts and use 1 cup of that in place of the erythritol and stevia. (Or you could use 1 cup of Super Sweet.)
Depending on how much baking I do, 2 batches of this Low Carb Powdered Sweetener last me a month or more!
I usually order my xylitol from Lucky Vitamin. You can also order it on Amazon for a good price, but I find Lucky Vitamin is cheaper! You do want to make sure you are purchasing a GMO free brand.
When purchasing Erythritol, you can easily find that on Amazon as well! I recommend the So Nourished brand!
And as for the stevia extract, I HIGHLY recommend the Trim Healthy Mama Pure Stevia Extract.
There is NO other stevia that I have found to compare to theirs. And I promise I am not just saying that. It is sweet, but not bitter, and it dissolves in hot drinks so easily. You hardly even have to stir it to make it dissolve. I love it!
You can order it in two sizes, and while it may seem expensive at first, I order the smaller bag and it lasts me for months!
Recipes using this Low Carb Powdered Sugar
If you are wondering how to use this Homemade Low Carb Powdered Sugar, check out some of my recipes below:
3 Ingredient Low Carb Sugar Free Sweetened Condensed Milk
Favorite Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies
Low Carb No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake
Low Carb Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies
And many more dessert recipes here!
The conversion for using this sweetener in place of real sugar is just a little over half. To replace one cup of sugar, you would use a little over ½ a cup of this sweetener. Of course, everyone’s tastes vary, so be sure to taste as you go along until you are comfortable with your own measurements. Trim Healthy Mama has a helpful conversion chart for their sweeteners!
However, I use this low carb powdered sugar in place of Gentle Sweet in any recipes that call for it.
So what do you need for this Low Carb Powdered Sugar?
2 Cups Xylitol
1 Cup Erythritol
1 Teaspoon Stevia Extract
Simply put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until the mixture is a fine powder.
This recipe makes about 3 cups + 2 Tablespoons of sweetener.
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Low Carb Powdered Sugar
- 2 Cups Xylitol
- 1 Cup Erythritol
- 1 Teaspoon Stevia Extract
- Simply put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until the mixture is a fine powder.
Could I do this with just Super Sweet?
Yes, use 1 cup of Super Sweet and 2 cups of Xylitol.
Sarah, I love your Gentle Sweet recipe. It is our go to sweetener for everything. I just read I can make Gentle Sweet using the Super Sweet I have on hand. Yea!!!!! I am one happy camper right now. That Super Sweet has just been sitting up there in my cabinet.
Hi Sarah! Thank you for all your wonderful recipes! You refer to your gentle sweet recipe as powdered sugar. I want to make sure I understand that you are not substituting this for confectioner's sugar (I refer to as powdered sugar), but for granulated sugar. Is this correct?
Yes, it can be used either way. It is basically a DIY version of Gentle Sweet. 🙂 It can replace granulated sugar or confectioner's.
Could you use just erythritol and stevia (3 cups and 1 tsp) to make a xylitol free version?
I have not tried it that way, I'm not sure it would be quite as sweet. If you try it, please let me know!! That would be a great option for those with pets.
Hello. Trying to decipher various sweeteners is frustrating me. I don't want tonorder them online, bit I can get Pyure and Truvia at the store. Do you have conversations of Gentlensweet and Super Sweet into Pyure and Truvia? I won't have Xylitol in the house due to my fur babies. Thanks soooo much!
Sure! Here is the conversion chart that I use!
Rose Ann Olejnicak
Thanks for the Low-Carb Brownie recipe! I plan to make it tomorrow! ALSO!! Thank you so much for including the warning about Xylitol being dangerous for dogs! Our dog ate what we now call my "$300 xylitol cookies" off the kitchen counter. We had to rush him to the after hours Animal ER to pump his stomach as I had used xylitol in the cookies. So now I try not to use any xylitol (or very minimally) in case one of our darling four paws gets into my THM foods. Here's a quote from the VCA Hospitals website in case anyone wants to check it out:
Xylitol is safe for use in people, although like most sugar alcohols, it may have a mild laxative effect when eaten in large amounts or when first introduced to a diet. ... Even small amounts of xylitol can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure or even death in dogs.
Xylitol Toxicity in Dogs | VCA Animal Hospital
Rose Ann Olejnicak
Ok... all that typing & forgot to ask.... In the powdered sugar low carb recipe, what can we use in place of the xylitol? THANKS! Rose Ann
I have not tried making it with anything else, but perhaps you could use double erythritol?
Have you used Allulose? I wonder if that could be used instead of the xylitol.
Yes, I have used allulose, but not for this powdered sweetener. You could use it, but remember that allulose is not near as sweet, so you would need to add more.
Two questions: First, why do you blend this up instead of just mixing them together? Second, do you find that the THM stevia is less bitter than the others on the market? Thanks for the two week challenge. I needed something like that!
Hi Janell! You can certainly just mix the sweeteners together, but I find that the powdered sweetener mixes much better into candies, etc. Since it is powdered you don't have to worry about a gritty texture. And yes, the THM stevia is by far the best I have found. I would highly recommend it - I do not find it bitter at all.
Does this still leave that slight cooling effect that Pyure or Super Sweet have in things like the Pay Off Day Candies? Trying to find a sweetener that doesn't have that. I do not like Swerve.
No, I have not found that this has a cooling effect at all. 🙂
Thank you for including the sugar alcohols in your calculations. Most diabetics need to count these in their net carb count (but only have to count half). Our pancreases don't work like non-diabetics and don't respond to sugar alcohols the same way.
Question can I just use erythritol sugar only to make the powder for your condensed milk recipe?
Yes, you should be able to do that - just keep in mind powdered erythritol is not as sweet as Gentle Sweet, so you may need a bit more.
could i use erythritol and monkfruit sweetnener to make the mixture for the low carb milk?? Wondering if the monkfruit will be sweeter then Stevia. Thank you, jill
Yes, you can use erythritol and monkfruit, but the monkfruit will not be sweeter than stevia. You may need to add a bit more to achieve the desired sweetness.
I found this recipe on your site last fall,and have used it everyday since.Thank you!
What is the reasoning behind adding the stevia extract?
The stevia extract makes it sweeter without using more erythritol and xylitol.
Mrs. Dawn Woodward
I am confused by the two terms "Super Sweet" and "Gentle Sweet". Can you help me, please? Thank you.
Super Sweet and Gentle Sweet are two different types of sweeteners sold by Trim Healthy Mama. Super Sweet is a blend of stevia and erythritol and Gentle Sweet is a powdered blend of xylitol, erythritol, and stevia.
How do these two sweeteners compare to sugar as far as sweetness? In other words... How much Gentle Sweet and Super Sweet to obtain the same amount of sweetness as sugar?
Hi Becky, I don't have a hard and fast substitution chart, but I generally start about 1/3 cup of Gentle Sweet to 1 cup of sugar and adjust the taste from there. Super Sweet is twice as sweet as Gentle Sweet.
Wondering if you have tried a blend that does not use erythritol? It causes tummy upset in my husband and kiddo? I’ve tried cutting the erythritol in half and I played with the measurements of the stevia and xylitol a little bit they still had tummy trouble and said it was too sweet. Thanks for any help!
Unfortunately, no, I haven't tried it without the erythritol.
if you use Pyure why do you need xylitol?
It balances the sweet and gives a taste closer to actual sugar.
Hi Sarah. I love Gentle Sweet and have been using it for several years. However, I now need a sweetener that doesn’t use stevia. I have 2 large kidney stones and have recently learned that stevia is high in Oxalate, which I am pretty sure is causing my kidney stones. What do you recommend as an alternative (ideally something fairly cost effective)? I know stevia is the most cost effective as a little bit goes a long way, but I just can’t take a chance with it anymore. Thank you.
I think you could increase the other sweeteners just a tad and omit the stevia. 🙂
Hi Sarah! Love your recipes. I have a question about the sweetener. I have been using it for quite awhile now, but I have trouble with it having alot of clumps in it; and although I try to smash them, I still sometimes get a little ball of it in the dough. Do you have this problem, or is there a solution to keep it from clumping?
Mine sometimes does this too - you could always sift it if you cannot get the lumps out. I'm sorry, I don't have a solution to keep it from doing that.
Thank you for all your hard work on helping us all! I appreciate it!
You're welcome! Thank you for your kind words!
When I put this in a food processor, it didn't become powdered but still was granulated. Any suggestions what I did wrong?
I'm not sure - perhaps it needed to be processed longer? I've only used my Vitamix blender.
Hi. Would it be too much trouble for you to put metric weights along with imperial please? Love DIY recipes 😊