Cupcake Wars Winner on Cooking with Stevia

Sugar holds a special place for itself in our everyday lives, so when it’s time to put your health first, replacing it can feel completely impossible – especially if you have a sweet tooth! As the 2012 winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars Hollis Wilder has proved otherwise. Her sumptuous cupcake recipes have made their mark on the world and have been featured on The Food Network twice. But that’s not all, her innovation in baking also ensures that she remains the proud business owner of a delicious and successful cupcake enterprise. Sweet, by Holly, is a dream come true.

Her popular sweet shop includes numerous delicious delights. Each of the cupcakes has been flawlessly decorated to create the ultimate zone of temptation. So, filled with these irresistible treats, it’s easy to believe that her little shop would be any diabetic’s worst nightmare. Fortunately for most, it isn’t. Instead, some of her best-selling concoctions are created using artificial sweeteners – thank God for the 21st century, wouldn’t you say?

With a little bit of innovation and creativity, these wonderful alternatives to sugar are becoming more and more popular. Those aiming for a healthier lifestyle have found it easier to replace sugar without compromising on taste – and with these, it is finally possible. Today, there are multiple brands selling similar incredible products, so if you’re interested, it’s easy to find one near you. While Hollis definitely recommends artificial sweeteners in everyday recipes, here are some things to remember before you get started:

For one thing, replacing sugar requires some math skills. After all, depending on the brand, you don’t usually need as much of the sweetener as you do the sugar. So if you’re not sure of your mathematical prowess there’s nothing to worry about. Just invest in a baking cup that helps you in these difficult conversions to keep your recipes on track.

An advantage of dealing with these delightful sweeteners is their easy-blending capacity. Where sugar can tire you out as you ensure that it’s thoroughly mixed up, artificial sweeteners are usually ultra-fine in texture. This means that they more or less dissolve into your batter without all the hard work.
Consequently, you don’t need to wait around as you experiment with the sweetness levels of your new recipe. Instead, you can taste and test the sweetness immediately.

It’s no wonder that artificial sweeteners have taken the market by storm – so why not give it a shot yourself? Try out this innovative creation from the comfort of your kitchen, and be sure to post your recipes in the comments below. While you may not be featured on The Food Network (as yet), we’d love to find out what you’re up to!

You can Cupcake Wars airs on Food Network Dish channel 110 or DIRECTV channel 231


No Sugar Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Hi Folks! I thought you might enjoy this sugar free oatmeal cookie recipe. It’s super easy to make, and definitely helps when I want something a little sweet.

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook: 15 min
Ready In: 25 m


2 cups rolled oats
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup applesauce
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup cashew milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Stir oats, bananas, applesauce, raisins, almond milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon together in a bowl until evenly mixed; drop by the spoonful onto a baking sheet.
Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden, 15 to 20 minutes.

Give up sugar, don’t give up living well!

Hello world! I’m starting this blog, because, for me, giving up sugar after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes was devastating. Baking has always been a source of pride and comfort for me, and my initial reaction to my diagnosis was “OMG, what will I eat!” The fact is, the transition wasn’t easy, but I’ve never been happier and I’m Glad to report that there is life beyond simple syrup!

With the changes I was making came the unexpected realization that my experience with food has been incredibly narrow… I began to search for anything that could replacement my heart of hearts, sugar… Unfortunately, my searches seemed to always end in frustration. Sugar substitutes, seem to range from “blech” to “sweetener X will give rats cancer!”

I needed to make changes, but that wasn’t going to happen without a change in perspective.

I came to realize that I needed to discover capital “F” Food. Why have I been trying to replace the things in my diet, when there are so many flavors I’ve never actually experienced. How many times have you been watching a show like Top Chef, and thought to yourself, “what the heck is a kimche?!” Well, it was time to start answering some of those questions, and the results have been inspiring.

So, check back email me your stories, share your recipes and maybe we’ll discover a new favorite dish where we never expected…