Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sugar-free maple syrup

In the comments of my French toast recipe, there was some lamenting about the lack of availability of maple syrup made with erythritol. Erythritol is a type of sugar alcohol, and is one of the only sugar alcohols that does not affect blood glucose levels (source). While I normally use stevia or Splenda, I thought I'd give this one a go. Besides, I needed a break from all the pizza posts ;) You can easily use whatever sugar substitute you prefer.



  • 1/4 tsp flavorless oil
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 Tbs butter or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup erythritol, powdered in a spice grinder
  • 1 dropperful (about 28 drops) vanilla-flavored stevia such as Sweetleaf Vanilla Creme OR 2 packets stevia + 1/4 tsp vanilla extract OR 4 tsp additional erythritol + 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp maple flavoring or maple extract
  1. Pour the oil in the bottom of a microwave-safe dish. Sprinkle the xanthan gum over it, and stir with a fork to combine. Add the butter or coconut oil and microwave on high for 40 seconds or until butter is melted. Stir again to combine.
  2. Whisk in the remaining ingredients and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Let it sit for a few minutes to thicken. Syrup will thicken as it cools.
You can store this in the refrigerator, but you will want to nuke it for 30-60 seconds and shake well prior to serving to melt any globs of butter or coconut oil. Thus I recommend storing it in a microwave-safe container. I used a glass cruet.


Jo said...

Hi Erica! Stumbled onto your blog when I was looking for new sugar free recipes ;-) I'll be sure to try this one out, thanks!


Anonymous said...

The sugar-free maple syrup is Great! The taste and thickness were perfection. Thanks so much for the recipe.


Erica said...

Glad to hear that it worked out for you!

Jon in Maine said...

What is flavorless oil? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much. Delicious syrup. I didn't have any maple extract so added vanilla extract and 2 tsp cinnamon instead and it turned out great. As I can't eat shop bought sugar free syrups as they normally contain sugar alcohols, it was great to be able to make my own. And it was so quick and simple.

Unknown said...

This looks great! Thanks for sharing.

I happened upon a syrup from Nature's Flavors sweetened with erythritol and stevia that is supposedly non-GMO, all natural and gluten-free. Do you k now anything about this?

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