Disclosure: Lakanto sent me their monkfruit sweeteners to try, free of charge, but all opinions are 100% my own. I may receive a small commission if you choose to choose to purchase any of their products through my link.
A couple weeks ago, I received the sweetest box ever in the mail; Lakanto had sent me three of their best-selling monkfruit sweeteners to try and experiment with!
I had never tried monkfruit before, and was excited to give it a taste. I read nothing but rave reviews about it in the Trim Healthy Mama Facebook Groups, so I was curious to see what all the fuss was about.
Lakanto sent me 3 sweeteners:
If you’ve been making my recipes, you know xylitol has always been by sweetener of choice! My reasons for this are:
- xylitol measures almost 1:1 to regular sugar, making recipe conversion easier
- xylitol tastes the most like sugar, in my opinion
- xylitol has a bulky, granular consistency that’s needed for the proper texture in most baked goods
However, xylitol has its downsides, too:
- xylitol can be fatal to dogs
- xylitol can cause digestive distress in some people (we have no problems with this in our family, but I would not serve something made with xylitol to guests, unless they confirmed they were okay with it)
- xylitol is bulkier than regular sugar and takes longer to dissolve
- xylitol has a slight cooling effect, but no bitterness
- though low enough to work in THM recipes, xylitol still has one of the highest glycemic indexes of plan-approved low-carb sweeteners.
The reason Lakanto’s Classic Monkfruit Sugar Substitutes can be substituted 1:1 in baking is because they are not straight monkfruit. Monkfruit by itself is potently sweet (Lakanto also sells monkfruit extract), even sweeter than stevia extract, but mixed with erythritol (a sugar alcohol that isn’t nearly as sweet, but provides the necessary bulk to work like regular sugar), you get an excellent, low-carb sweetener that’s easy to bake with and doesn’t spike your blood sugar.
In comparison to xylitol, this is what I thought of Lakanto’s Classic Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitutes.
- Lakanto’s Classic Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitutes have the same granular consistency to them as regular sugar. It is finer than xylitol.
- Lakanto’s Classic Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitutes are as sweet as xylitol, which is slightly sweeter than regular sugar. I found the substitution to be a scant 1:1.
- Lakanto’s Classic Monkfruit 1:1 Golden Sugar Substitute didn’t taste very brown sugar-ish to me. I would compare it more to raw cane sugar in flavor. It was still delicious!
- Lakanto’s Classic Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitutes have a lower glycemic index than xylitol, so they’re even easier on your blood sugar. They also have zero calories, and zero net carbs.
- Lakanto’s Classic Monkfruit Powdered 2:1 Sugar Substitute replaces traditional Confectioner’s sugar in half the amount. You need half the amount of Swerve (another low-carb icing sugar alternative that measures 1:1 with icing sugar), so it’s a more frugal choice. Lakanto’s Classic Monkfruit Powdered 2:1 Sugar Substitute is ideal for frostings (like my Peanut Butter Buttercream!) as it dissolves very well, and dusting (as on these low-carb French Toast Wraps).
- While erythritol is not toxic to dogs, verdict is still out on the effects of monkfruit, but it is certainly not as fatal as xylitol can be, so Lakanto’s Classic Monkfruit Sugar Substitutes are a safer sweetener if you have furry friends.
I think I’ve officially tried all the low-carb sweeteners available now, and I would rate Lakanto’s Monkfruit Sugar Substitutes the highest of them all for:
Xylitol is a close second, but tied for affordability.
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In my recipes, you can substitute Lakanto’s Classic and Golden Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitutes cup for cup when the recipe calls for xylitol. This easy conversion opens a world of possibilities to Trim Healthy Mamas that can’t tolerate xylitol or are concerned about their furry friends ingesting it.
What’s a review without a recipe to go with it?!
These Cinnamon “Sugar” Cookie Dough Bites are the first things I made with my Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener and they were an absolute hit with the whole family! I hope you enjoy them, too.