Mint Strawberry Banana Muffins
Yields 12 muffins without adding sugar -
sugarless recipe using Stevia

Serve hot from the oven and be ready for compliments!

                   Stevia Rebaudiana

     Stevia has been used for centuries in other parts of the world as nature's sweetner.  Historically sugar was a very expensive and rare spice that only the wealthy could afford.  The vast majority of the population needed a beneficial weed that would supply that sweet taste and thusly Stevia became a beneficial weed.

                     Harvesting Stevia from Your Garden

   Harvest stems, leaving 1/3 of the foliage if regrowth is desired. Strip leaves and discard stems. Leaves may be used fresh for tea or eaten right off the plant for a sweet treat. Try combining with mint leaves. Dry leaves for later use by spreading in a warm spot with good circulation or in a dehydrator on low heat. Dried leaves remain sweet for many years and may be ground into a powder with a kitchen blender or food processor. 

               Substituting Stevia In Recipes

    A general rule is to use 2-3 tablespoons of dried, ground stevia leaves substituting for one full cup of regular cane sugar.  The problem will be the loss of the bulk ingredients that sugar provided so you must be ready to sub in for the sugar.  We have some recipes that accomplish that below for your use.  Often people will suspend the leaves in a liquid infusing the sweetness into the liquid itself with the sweet flavor. 

   You will have to experiment with dried Stevia to determine the quantity to use for your taste buds.

Recipes:

Whipped Cream
Yields 2 cups

The real thing. Great taste, but it does have real calories!

  • 1 cup liquid whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon Stevia Dried Powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whip together all the ingredients in a small deep mixing bowl until soft peaks form. Do not over-beat or it will become a bowl of lumps (sweet butter, actually). Serve immediately or refrigerate. Variation: Many spices and flavorings can be used. For example, try a dash of cinnamon with pumpkin pie or a few drops of almond flavoring to serve over peach cobbler.



Above recipe from

 http://stevia.homestead.com/index.html web site

 

 

My friends Bob & Pat Peters gave me some large zucchini from their garden so I decided to make my version of Zucchini Parmesan… with no dairy!

Herb Vinegar Salad Dressing

   Here is another way to use your custom crafted herb vinegars.   Instead of your regular vinegar try adding your new herb vinegar for your salad dressing.   Herb vinegars are another healthy option as the herb flavor enhances the flavor of the salad and therefore you use none or less salt.

Ingredients:

1 cup EVOO
1/2 to 1 cup Herb Vinegar
5T fresh herbs ( 2 T dried )

   Combine all ingredients in a glass cruet and shake before using. Bookmark and Share
Here are some common herb blends for vinegar:

   Herb Combos:

     dill/chive//peppercorn

     basil/garlic

     basil/chive

     garlic/chive

For Pork:   sage/caraway

  "    Lamb:  mint/rosemary

  "    Beef:  basil/savory

  "    Poultry:  sage/lovage

  "    Fish:   fennel/bay