I’ve mentioned in previous posts that Mom2Summit was a fantastic conference. I had the opportunity to meet major brand representatives face to face as well as networking with people in social media. For two days, the Truvia booth served big, delicious, sweet and tasty strawberries. The first bite took me back to my youth in Spain when my grandmother used to sweeten home grown strawberries with fine vanilla sugar. It’s incredible how that one bite, triggered cherished memories from my past.
Many of you know that I go to great lengths to avoid the yellow packet, blue packet, and never ever the pink packets. I do keep some artificial sweeteners at hand for when company comes over and wants it for their iced tea or coffee. For years, I’ve been using liquid Stevia to add sweetness to coffee or bake with it. The exchanges of sugar to liquid Stevia are not easy to figure out and for a while I’ve felt that something was “missing” from my recipes.
At Mom 2 Summit I met Amy and Chris from Truvia. I was amazed at all the things that one can do with it, beyond adding sweetness to coffee or tea. If you are wondering what Truvia is; it’s a naturally derived sweetener from the Stevia plant. How do they make it? The simple answer is they liquefy rebiana (the sweeter part of the Steiva plant), dehydrate, and pulverize. The end product is very sweet, delicious on fresh fruit and can be used in the kitchen. It can be purchased in a container size or single serve packets.
Being weary of anything that is not raw cane sugar or my liquid Stevia, I set off to try Truvia. I mean, how could I pass up the challenge? Plus, I’d love to find something that I could prepare some delicious desserts for when I have company and not feel extremely guilty eating! I talked to Amy (Director at Truvia) for a long time about Truvia and the possibilities of cooking and baking with it. She even offered to send me a box of it if I wanted to try it in the kitchen. Really? Bring it on. I know I can create something easy and gratifying that I can serve up when I have company! The new recipe: Grilled Apple Cobbler.
Truvia’s Grilled Apple Cobbler
– Serves 4-6 Difficulty: Easy Total Time: 20-25min
- 6 Granny Smith apples, halved, core removed
- ½ stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, divided
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 3 Tablespoons Truvia, divided
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
- ¾ cup granola
- 1 pint vanilla ice-cream – optional
Heat the grill to medium (300-325F). Place the apples cut side down on the grill until browned and skin begins to separate (10-15min).
Remove from the grill, cut into wedges and place into a baking dish (grill safe). To the apples add half the butter (2TB), 1TB brown sugar, 2 TB Truvia, ½ tps cinnamon, and toss. Top apples with granola, drizzle with 1TB Truvia, and sprinkle ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. Break up remaining 2TB butter into pieces and set on top of granola and apples.
Place baking dish onto grill on low for 7-10 min. Remove from grill, mix to combine and serve. Optional: serve over ice-cream.
A big thanks my new friends at Truvia for providing me with a box of guilt free sweetness. I have a couple other recipes to share… stay tuned!