I recently received a recipe for a sugarless brownie that sounded rather interesting, so I decided I should try and make one. If the brownies turn out as delicious as they were described, then this might make for a great way to curb a sweet tooth for cake.
I was able to get all the ingredients for the brownie and it’s sugar free frosting at my local Vons, well all except the called for Xylitol, which is a natural sugar substitute. It’s something that can be baked with and doesn’t have the neuro-toxins found in Sweet-n-low, Nutrasweet, or Splenda. Well my search also took me to Henry’s Marketplace, but no luck there. I then tried Stater Brothers but no luck there either.
So off to Albertsons, where I thought there was a good chance they might have it as I had purchased a box of Truvia sweetener there and I remember they had a choice of things available, but unfortunately no, there was no Xylitol to be found there. Maybe Trader Joe’s would have it. No such luck at all. At this point I was getting frustrated that it was no where to be found. Reluctantly, I gave Ralph’s a try, as it’s the only major grocery chain in the area I hadn’t yet checked. And no luck there either.
However, Ralph’s did have something else, they had Zsweet. I used the web browser on my cell phone to check out Zsweet’s website, and it claims it tasted better than Xylitol, and also confirmed it could be used in baking. so I bought a one and a half pound bag of it. Boy this stuff is expensive. It was roughly $14 for this bag of sugar substitute.
I hope these brownies turn out to be delicious for all the effort it took to find a natural sugar substitute. Unfortunately, it took too much time to find the sugar substitute so I wasn’t able to make a batch last night when I went to buy all the ingredients. I’ll let you know.