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BAKING GUIDE

A sugar-free life never tasted so good

BAKING GUIDE

A sugar-free life never tasted so good

BAKING GUIDE

A sugar-free life never tasted so good

From birthdays to holidays to your favorite breakfast foods, some things are just meant to be sweet. Baking with alternative sweeteners can be tricky when you’re first starting out—we wanted to make it easy for you.

Our Lakanto Monkfruit Sweeteners are set up to be cup-for-cup replacements for sugar in your favorite recipes. With these extra tips and tricks, you’ll be even better prepared to wow people with your dazzling, sugar-free desserts.

From birthdays to holidays to your favorite breakfast foods, some things are just meant to be sweet. Baking with alternative sweeteners can be tricky when you’re first starting out—we wanted to make it easy for you.

Our Lakanto Monkfruit Sweeteners are set up to be cup-for-cup replacements for sugar in your favorite recipes. With these extra tips and tricks, you’ll be even better prepared to wow people with your dazzling, sugar-free desserts.

We collected feedback from customers and worked with expert bakers to compile tips about which sweetener to use, how to help them dissolve into your desserts, and more. Plus, we’ve collected a variety of recipes to help you make treats so good you’ll never miss sugar.

We collected feedback from customers and worked with expert bakers to compile tips about which sweetener to use, how to help them dissolve into your desserts, and more. Plus, we’ve collected a variety of recipes to help you make treats so good you’ll never miss sugar.

THERE'S A BETTER WAY

 

A BETTER WAY TO SWEETEN YOUR DAY

Lakanto’s innovave products are delicious and work with a variety of lifestyles and dietary restricons. We started with two sweeteners, Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Sweetener and Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener, and have expanded to over 20 sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan, and keto-friendly products.

This collecon of monk fruit sweeteners are a great, simple substute for sugar in any type of use. Our signature blends maximize taste and sweetness, while making it as convenient as possible to swap out sugar for zero-calorie, zero-glycemic sweetness.

Monk fruit has been prized for centuries for its sweetness. It is a delicious and natural sweetener. Lakanto sources its monk fruit from growers in the remote mountain highlands of Asia, who use centuries-old tradional methods. Each fruit is grown without pescides, hand-culvated, and hand-picked.

Because monk fruit extract is up to 300 mes sweeter than sugar, it is oen too concentrated to use by itself. We formulated our own proprietary blend of monk fruit extract and non-GMO erythritol to be the best substute for sugar.

LAKANTO SWEETENERS

 

A BETTER WAY TO SWEETEN YOUR DAY

Lakanto’s innovave products are delicious and work with a variety of lifestyles and dietary restricons. We started with two sweeteners, Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Sweetener and Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener, and have expanded to over 20 sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan, and keto-friendly products.

This collecon of monk fruit sweeteners are a great, simple substute for sugar in any type of use. Our signature blends maximize taste and sweetness, while making it as convenient as possible to swap out sugar for zero-calorie, zero-glycemic sweetness.

Monk fruit has been prized for centuries for its sweetness. It is a delicious and natural sweetener. Lakanto sources its monk fruit from growers in the remote mountain highlands of Asia, who use centuries-old tradional methods. Each fruit is grown without pescides, hand-culvated, and hand-picked.

Because monk fruit extract is up to 300 mes sweeter than sugar, it is oen too concentrated to use by itself. We formulated our own proprietary blend of monk fruit extract and non-GMO erythritol to be the best substute for sugar.

LAKANTO SWEETENER COMPARISON

LAKANTO SWEETENER COMPARISON

LAKANTO SWEETENER COMPARISON

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CLASSIC MONKFRUIT SWEETENER/ORGANIC

A one-to-one substute for white sugar. Use it in baked goods, drinks, sauces, and more!

02

GOLDEN MONKFRUIT SWEETENER

This can be used the same way as Classic, but has a slight maple flavor. It has the texture of cane sugar, and while it is not a true brown sugar replacement, many customers do love substung it for brown sugar.

03

POWDERED MONKFRUIT SWEETENER

With a delicious concentrated sweetness and powdered texture, this sweetener works great in icings, cheesecakes, and more!

04

MONKFRUIT BAKING SWEETENER

Specially formulated to work in baked goods, browns beer, has a powdered texture, and dissolves effortlessly.

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HOW TO USE

CLASSIC MONKFRUIT SWEETENER/ORGANIC
BY ANGELINA
PAPANIKOLAOU
ORGANIC MONKFRUIT SWEETENER
01
LOOKS LIKE
Granulated white sugar
02
TASTES LIKE
Granulated white sugar
03
GENERALLY USED IN RECIPES FOR
No-bake cookies, muffins, cookies and other baked goods

How to use lakanto classic monkfruit sweetener

WHAT RECIPES WORK BEST WITH LAKANTO CLASSIC MONKFRUIT SWEETENER?

Use Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Sweetener just like you would with granulated sugar! Here are some ideas for how to alter Lakanto

Classic Monkfruit Sweetener for use in different types of recipes:

  • For no-bake recipes, run the sweetener through a blender or food processor to pulverize it to a powdery consistency, so the finished product is not grainy.
  • When using Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Sweetener in a cookie recipe that calls for melted fat (coconut oil, butter, etc.), add it to the saucepan or a microwave-safe bowl to dissolve while you melt the fat.
  • In muffin recipes, dissolve the sweetener with the liquid ingredients before adding the dry ingredients.

How do the measurements compare to actual sugar?

When substituting regular sugar with Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Sweetener, I typically use a 1:1 ratio. Since monk fruit has a sweeter taste than regular cane sugar, some people might find that the end result of a 1:1 substitute is too sweet. In that case, the amount of sweetener used in a recipe may be reduced up to 25%; be aware that reducing the sweetener by more than 25% may negatively alter the texture, crumb, and appearance of your baked goods.

How do you dissolve the sweetener?

In certain recipes such as cakes and cheesecakes it would be more beneficial to use Lakanto Monkfruit Baking Sweetener. If the recipe calls for any liquids, add the sweetener during this step to dissolve. If the recipe does not call for many liquids, blend the sweetener in a high speed blender or food processor until it becomes a powder.

What kind of flour would you use with this sweetener?

I have used Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Sweetener with a variety of flours—unbleached all-purpose flour, gluten-free baking flour, and grain-free flours such as almond flour, tapioca flour, and coconut flour. When substituting gluten- and grain-free flours for unbleached all-purpose flour, I use a 1:1 ratio.

Any tips on reducing the cooling effect?

The best way to reduce the cooling effect is to make sure that the sweetener is completely dissolved. If you dissolved the sweetener and still get an intense cooling effect, reduce the amount of sweetener by 25%.

How to get desserts to brown

To achieve the traditional browning effect of regular cane sugar, I’ve found it is best to use Lakanto Monkfruit Baking Sweetener. It also dissolves better into the batter or dough, which reduces the cooling effect and prevents any graininess.

Do you have any additional tips?

When making a glaze using Lakanto Powdered Monkfruit Sweetener, add the ingredients to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 15 seconds to make sure the sweetener dissolves completely.

Make sure that all of your ingredients (butter, milk, eggs, etc.) are at room temperature before beginning your recipe.

Try this flavorful sweetener that enhances desserts and sauces now!

Explore our whole line of monk fruit-sweetened, KETO-friendly products!

Try this flavorful sweetener that enhances desserts and sauces now!

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Golden monkfruit sweetener
BY VANESSA
MUSI
ORGANIC MONKFRUIT SWEETENER
01
LOOKS LIKE
Raw cane sugar
02
TASTES LIKE
Brown sugar or raw cane sugar
03
GENERALLY USED IN RECIPES FOR
Baked goods including cookies, cinnamon rolls, scones, brownies

How to use lakanto classic monkfruit sweetener

WHAT RECIPES WORK BEST WITH LAKANTO GOLDEN MONKFRUIT SWEETENER?

Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener is my favorite Lakanto sweetener and the one I use the most! It works best in baking rather than cooking—it has a nice caramel taste and I use it in brownies, scones, chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon rolls, and even as a topping for snickerdoodles.

How do the measurements compare to actual sugar?

In baking, I use a ratio of 1:½, substituting 1 cup of sugar with a ½ cup of Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener. If you use a full 1:1 substitution, it may cause crystallization in cakes, muffins, cookies, and brownies. When using Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener to sweeten a jam, lemon cream, or gummy bears (where there are more liquid ingredients), I recommend using at maximum ⅓ of what the recipe calls for in terms of cane sugar.

Quick tips and tricks:

  • Use half the amount of Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener in a recipe to prevent crystallizing and for a more natural flavor.
  • Make sure flours are moist, such as almond flour, arrowroot, tapioca, or flaxseed flour.
  • Use recipes with a liquid ingredient to balance out the recipe and ensure the sweetener dissolves.
  • Use less Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener rather than more. Test recipes with different ratios to see how much sweetener you prefer.

Can you use it to replace maple syrup or honey?

Yes, but take care when substituting wet ingredients for dry ingredients—you need to modify the recipe and adjust the fat/liquid content. You can’t just replace the maple syrup with a dry sweetener or it will dry the baked product. In my brownies recipe, for 1 cup maple syrup, I use ¾ cup Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener + ¼ cup water.

How do you dissolve the sweetener and avoid crystallization?

  • Blend it in a Vitamix to achieve a texture similar to castor sugar, which is finer than cane sugar and not as fine as confectioners sugar.
  • Using half the amount of Lakanto sweetener as cane sugar will help it dissolve better and avoid crystallizing.
  • When substituting wet ingredients for dry ingredients, the recipe must be modified by adjusting the fat or liquid content, otherwise the sweetener may crystallize.

What kind of flour would you use with this sweetener?

I love Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener with almond flour, spelt flour, and cassava flour. Starches such as arrowroot, tapioca, and flaxseed flour also work great. This sweetener does not do as well with very dry flour such as coconut flour; if using a dry flour, make sure the recipe includes a moist ingredient such as butter, oil, coconut cream, whipping cream, or almond milk, to balance out the recipe.

Anything else to consider?

Some people have expressed a concern with gut issues or stomach sensitivity towards erythritol sweeteners. I have used Lakanto sweeteners consistently over the years with no issues. Try it and see how you feel—we are all different and I always say listen to your body.

Easily dissolves into smooth desserts and perfect for sprinkling on top.

Explore our whole line of monk fruit-sweetened, KETO-friendly products!

Easily dissolves into smooth desserts and perfect for sprinkling on top.

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Powdered monkfruit sweetener
BY VANESSA
MUSI
Powdered monkfruit sweetener
01
LOOKS LIKE
Powdered or
confectioners sugar
02
TASTES LIKE
Powdered sugar
03
GENERALLY USED IN RECIPES FOR
Glazes, frosting, pastry dough, shortbread, and sprinkling on baked goods

How to use lakanto classic monkfruit sweetener

WHAT RECIPES WORK BEST WITH LAKANTO GOLDEN MONKFRUIT SWEETENER?

Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener is my favorite Lakanto sweetener and the one I use the most! It works best in baking rather than cooking—it has a nice caramel taste and I use it in brownies, scones, chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon rolls, and even as a topping for snickerdoodles.

How do the measurements compare to actual sugar?

In baking, I use a ratio of 1:½, substituting 1 cup of sugar with a ½ cup of Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener. If you use a full 1:1 substitution, it may cause crystallization in cakes, muffins, cookies, and brownies. When using Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener to sweeten a jam, lemon cream, or gummy bears (where there are more liquid ingredients), I recommend using at maximum ⅓ of what the recipe calls for in terms of cane sugar.

What problems did you encounter and how did you fix them?

When making a sugar glaze, it wouldn’t bind together as powdered sugar does when mixing with milk, water or lemon, it needed a binder to have that fluid texture so I added powdered coconut milk and it worked perfectly. See my recipe for more details!

What kind of flour would you use with this sweetener?

I like using Lakanto Powdered Monkfruit Sweetener with almond flour, whole wheat, spelt, or a mixture of paleo flours. I have found that it is too dry when used with coconut flour.

Quick tips and tricks:

  • Make sure it is sifted or processed.
  • The more fat in the recipe, the better the texture and moisture of your baked goods.
  • Use coconut milk powder as a binding agent when using Lakanto Powdered Monkfruit Sweetener for glazes.

Do you have any additional tips?

  • If you want to learn how to bake with keto sweeteners, bake a lot! Take notes, understand the texture, taste the products, think ‘less is more,’ and adjust sweeteners.
  • Learn the role of each ingredient and what creates moisture or dries the recipe. When substituting sugar with a keto sweetener such as Lakanto, remember that some types of flour turns to sugar also, so your end result may not truly be sugar-free!
  • I find that when using these sweeteners at high altitudes, they tend to dry more because of the loss of moisture in high altitude baking. To counterbalance the drying effect, I add more oil, yogurt, cream, or sometimes even a tablespoon of maple syrup to the mixture. Always cover your baked goods with plastic wrap right after baking, especially cakes!

Quick tips and tricks:

  • Make sure it is sifted or processed.
  • The more fat in the recipe, the better the texture and moisture of your baked goods.
  • Use coconut milk powder as a binding agent when using Lakanto Powdered Monkfruit Sweetener for glazes.

Do you have any additional tips?

  • If you want to learn how to bake with keto sweeteners, bake a lot! Take notes, understand the texture, taste the products, think ‘less is more,’ and adjust sweeteners.
  • Learn the role of each ingredient and what creates moisture or dries the recipe. When substituting sugar with a keto sweetener such as Lakanto, remember that some types of flour turns to sugar also, so your end result may not truly be sugar-free!
  • I find that when using these sweeteners at high altitudes, they tend to dry more because of the loss of moisture in high altitude baking. To counterbalance the drying effect, I add more oil, yogurt, cream, or sometimes even a tablespoon of maple syrup to the mixture. Always cover your baked goods with plastic wrap right after baking, especially cakes!

Classic is a pantry staple, great for a wide variety of recipes.

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Classic is a pantry staple, great for a wide variety of recipes.

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monkfruit baking sweetener
By Blaire Flory
BAKING SWEETENER
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LOOKS LIKE
By Blaire Flory
02
TASTES LIKE
Regular white sugar
03
GENERALLY USED IN RECIPES FOR
Cookies, cakes, glazes, mousse, ice cream, cheesecake, and sauces

How to use lakanto classic monkfruit sweetener

WHAT RECIPES WORK BEST WITH LAKANTO GOLDEN MONKFRUIT SWEETENER?

Lakanto Monkfruit Baking Sweetener has worked well in everything I have tried so far! I love it in cookies, things that need an easier mix-in (such as cold beverages), sauces, uncooked glazes, and frozen items. I’ve used it in many different sauces that just need a touch of sweetness but don’t allow for any hint of grittiness—see my aioli recipe! I have also used it in recipes with cassava, tapioca, coconut, almond, and arrowroot flours.

How do the measurements compare to actual sugar?

I prefer using Lakanto Monkfruit Baking Sweetener in cookies, as it helps with cookie spread. Because muffins need more bulkiness, I have found that Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Sweetener or Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener is better-suited to those types of recipes.

Although other sweeteners provide more lift in cakes, I have found that the Lakanto Monkfruit Baking Sweetener is still very good in cake and other rising sweets. Lakanto Monkfruit Baking Sweetener will evaporate if left to dissolve, so Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener is preferable for recipes that require a candy-like melting of the sweetener. Lakanto Monkfruit Baking Sweetener stirs beautifully into things like mousse, light cream, or ice cream; there is no grittiness and stirring it into the other ingredients will bind it to them and prevent evaporation.

How do the measurements compare to actual sugar? Would you add more or less?

  • Generally speaking, a 1:1 ratio works. I find that people respond best to recipes that don’t require too much scientific thought on their end in regards to sweetness; 1:1 is a simple standard to apply and most people don’t mind if it’s a little sweeter than using coconut sugar or another sweetener.
  • I always start with less, unless it needs some additional volume or bulk from the amount of sweetener, as I prefer desserts that are not overly sweet. I also layer flavors in desserts so I’d rather use less in one element as there will be sweetness from the other elements.
  • Another way to accomplish this without needing to experiment with the ratio is to simply balance the recipe by using less sugar in other components. For example, I make cheesecake with a 1:1 ratio of Lakanto Monkfruit Baking Sweetener, but I don’t sweeten the fruit compote or whipped cream which will be served with the cheesecake.

Quick tips and tricks:

  • Start with half of the amount of Lakanto Monkfruit Baking Sweetener and adjust the level of sweetness from there. Consider which other elements in a recipe will add sweetness and adjust levels accordingly.
  • Less is more—add slowly to taste, especially if not using it in a baked good.
  • As with all erythritol sweeteners, it requires a longer baking time due to the higher melting point.
  • Lakanto Monkfruit Baking Sweetener blends better with other ingredients, but doesn’t create the same lift in rising sweets, so I use it in cookies more than cakes.

What is the science behind why these tweaks and methods work?

The liquid/fats in a recipe help to dissolve the erythritol. Water breaks Lakanto Monkfruit Baking Sweetener down better than other liquids such as alcohol or oil. Acids like vinegar or lemon juice have more of an emulsifying effect on Lakanto Monkfruit Baking Sweetener.

Can you use it to replace maple syrup or honey?

Because it’s so texturally fine, Lakanto Monkfruit Baking Sweetener is the perfect direct substitute for things like maple syrup and honey. Use less Lakanto Monkfruit Baking Sweetener than you would honey/agave/maple syrup—start with half and increase from there. Lakanto Monkfruit Baking Sweetener is also great in cold drinks or frozen treats, as due to its solubility it does not leave a gritty texture.

Do you have any additional tips?

  • Usually, recipes need slightly less Lakanto Sweetener than sugar. Blitzing Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Sweetener or Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener in a food processor is a great way to mimic British castor sugar in recipes that call for it. Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Sweetener or Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener also work well in recipes that include more fats.
  • Use a bit of Lakanto Monkfruit Baking Sweetener in everything from stews to baked goods. Recipes like Bologneses recommend a spoonful or two of sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes—I use Lakanto products in recipes in the same way that you should add a pinch of salt to anything you eat; Lakanto is my not-so-secret ingredient.

Note from Lakanto

Our product development team collected feedback from both customers and expert bakers about how our sweeteners baked and used what they learned to develop this sweetener, specifically for baking.

Since the release of this baking sweetener, people have used it not only for baking, but for other desserts where they want a powdered texture, such as cheesecake, frostings, and sauces. It is one of our most versatile products.

“We put in a significant amount of time and testing into this baking sweetener in order to make sure we not only sourced the best ingredients, but also created a formula that tastes amazing and is easy for even the newest of bakers to use.” -Kiersten Cole, Product Development Formulation Manager.

We are continually expanding our collection of sweeteners to meet the different needs you have with different recipes.

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