1. New organic sweetener boosts B12


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    SugaVida  Clementine Almond Cake

    SugaVida Clementine Almond Cake

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    It is not very often you hear about a sweetener being good for you. So when the information about SugaVida popped up in my email I had to investigate. This new sweetener is just arriving in shops mow so you may have to hunt it down. 

    SugaVida is sugar from the Palmyra Palm Tree. It is low in calories. It is also a great plant-based, bio-available source of Vitamin B12. This is wonderful news for vegans and vegetarians. One tablespoon a day provides 36 percent of the FDA’s requirement of Vitamin B12. It is also high in fiber. 

    According to the company, only half the amount of SugaVida is needed to replace sugar in baking, cooking, and sweetening beverages. 

    So is SugaVida for you? It has five calories for half a tsp. Sugar has 15 calories a teaspoon. The lower calorie count may not be as important as SugaVida’s Low Glycemic index for diabetics and nutritive value for vegans and vegetarians. While a difference of almost half the calories may matter to strict dieters, the message from experts is we all need to reduce consumption of sweets, salt, and fats to sensible level – not find new ways to overindulge. 

    And while SugaVida is organic and may be better for you than other sweeteners, it is expensive.  A small canister containing 8.8 ounces/250 grams, which is just a little more than a cup, is priced to sell for $13.50. 

    SugaVida is a wonderful, new option and one to aware of if you care about healthful eating. SugaVida is definitely a useful product for vegans others who may have problems getting enough B12 in their diets.  Here is a recipe for orange Clementine and Almond cupcakes or muffins using SugaVida if you want to try it. Out of season try using sweet tangy blood oranges. Be sure to use the small ones which are the same size as Clementines (tangerines).

     

    Clementine Almond  Cake or cupcakes

     

    Makes 1 8 inch round Cake or 12 small cupcakes

    Ingredients:

    1 cup + 1 tablespoon butter

    ¾ cup of SugaVida

    4 eggs

    Zest of 2 clementines and juice of one clementine

    2 cups ground almonds

    ½ cup gluten free flour (plain cake flour if you prefer)

    ½ teaspoon sea salt

    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1 teaspoon mixed spice

     

    Method:

     

    Heat the oven to 180 degrees/350F degrees

    In a bowl beat together the SugaVida (Palmyra Jaggery) and butter together until light. Slowly add the eggs one at a time until well mixed.  Add the zest and juice and gently fold in the rest of the ingredients to make a smooth batter.  Pour into individual wrappers and bake for 30 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. You can also bake this as a single 8 inch round cake. Grease and flour your cake pan or use bakers spray. The cake may take 5-7 minutes longer. A toothpick will come out clean when poked into the center of the cake.

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