Homemade Keto/Low-Carb Sweetener Blend, aka Dietz Sweet (1:1 sugar substitute!)
Save money with this Homemade Keto Sweetener Blend that works as a 1:1 sugar substitute in keto and low-carb dessert recipes! My readers affectionately call it “Dietz Sweet”, and it’s an easy way to enjoy keto desserts for less!
Want to learn about keto/low-carb sweeteners and if they’re safe and healthy for your family?
Download my Free Guide to Alternative Sweeteners!
In 2016, I ended my longest relationship.
After 32 years, we’ve broken up, sugar and me.
Oh, I’ve tried to go back into sugar’s loving arms a few times… and each time, I’ve been met with undesirable consequences.
I gave up white sugar long, long ago. Yet I held on to my precious whole sweeteners (honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, etc.) for dear life.
Everything I read said they were healthier, right? Right? Right?!?!
How an Antibiotic Led to My Elimination of Sugar (even whole sweeteners)
In September of 2015, I got a UTI that wouldn’t go away, despite my most valiant, natural efforts. Some severe pain, a high fever, and a late-night trip to the ER ended with a prescription for the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin.
This antibiotic is in the very harmful class of drugs known as fluoroquinolones — the kind meant for serious bacterial infections, like bacterial meningitis and anthrax — NOT a routine UTI.
Cipro quickly took its toll on my gut health.
Within 4 days of finishing the prescription, I had an itchy armpit rash that quickly spread (and ended up lasting over a year). A month later, I was hit with a vaginal yeast infection. Then, I had the flu. I just kept getting sick, I was drained of energy, anxiety and brain fog were through the roof.
Unfortunately, Cipro caused systemic candidiasis by wiping out all my beneficial gut bacteria.
Therefore, to heal, I eliminated whole sweeteners, adopted a temporary low-carb diet, and took some strategic herbs and supplements to kill the candida infection.
You can’t work that hard to clear up a gut infection and then go right back to eating the sugars that feed harmful gut pathogens.
I’m much happier and healthier, too! Though my gut remains healthy, I’ve decided it’s just not worth the risk to return to eating whole sweeteners or sugar in any form.
Guide to Alternative Sweeteners
Alternative sweeteners made their way into my life at a time when I needed to find a way to enjoy sweets without eating sugar.
Hey, there’s no guilt in eating sweets, Momma! We should enjoy our food with zero guilt AND in ways that make us feel like the best versions of ourselves. We absolutely CAN have our cake and eat it, too!
There are many alternative sweeteners on the market, such as xylitol, erythritol, allulose, monk fruit, stevia, and more.
Before incorporating any of them into my diet, I did a ton of research to determine which would be the best and safest. You can download my research in my FREE Guide to Alternative Sweeteners.
I believe erythritol and stevia are the healthiest choice for me and my family. Then, I formulated this homemade keto/low-carb sweetener blend to save money over buying pre-made blends.
Now, we have been using it regularly for
18 months 4 years and have experienced no side effects. Even my natural practitioners are aware of my use of this keto sweetener blend and are fully supportive.
If you want to learn more about using keto/low-carb sweeteners, check out my Free Guide to Alternative Sweeteners!
Homemade Keto/Low-Carb Sweetener Blend, aka “Dietz Sweet” (1:1 sugar substitute!)
Erythritol has 1 problem: on its own, it’s not as sweet as sugar, so you can’t substitute it cup-for-cup in cooking and baking.
Fortunately, this problem is easily solved! The sweetness of erythritol can be increased without adding more bulk with… stevia!
Both of these alternative sweeteners are a 0 on the glycemic index. They won’t feed candida or other gut pathogens. They contain no calories. And, they won’t live on your waistline! Best of all, they won’t do a thing to your blood sugar.
Here’s my DIY Sugar Alternative. It looks and tastes just like sugar! It can be substituted cup-for-cup in cooking and baking.
Use it to sweeten hot and cold drinks, baked goodies, puddings and custards, and more! You get all the sweetness of sugar without the blood sugar spikes and without feeding harmful pathogens in the gut, like candida!
Ingredients & FAQs
What is the best erythritol and stevia to use?
Can I use xylitol instead of erythritol?
No, xylitol and erythritol have a different level of sweetness. Also, xylitol has more carbs than erythritol. If you have dogs in your home, you should not even keep xylitol in your pantry as it is toxic and deadly to dogs.
What about monk fruit or allulose?
No, neither of those will work in place of erythritol. I have not formulated a homemade keto sweetener blend using monk fruit or allulose. If you need to avoid erythritol, this recipe isn’t for you. 🙂
Can I use liquid stevia?
This is a dry, granulated sweetener blend, therefore, only dry ingredients can be used.
Can I use Dietz Sweet in place of honey or maple syrup?
You can, but you will likely need to increase the liquid ratio of your recipe to account for the lost liquid. So, perhaps adding more egg, water, or milk will help the recipe stay moist. Also, you won’t have the flavor of honey or maple syrup by using this blend.
How does this homemade keto sweetener blend compare to Trim Healthy Mama’s blends?
This recipe most closely resembles the sweetness level of THM’s Super Sweet, as the ingredients are exactly the same (erythritol + stevia.)
Can I use Dietz Sweet to make frosting?
Yes! Powdering the sweetener first (in a blender or coffee grinder) will make the texture of your frosting silky-smooth. Check out my Keto Chocolate Frosting recipe!
I have been so happy with Dietz Sweet! It makes this sugar-free life so. much. easier. I never feel deprived! And, I never feel guilty for having extra dessert or for eating cake for breakfast!
Homemade Keto Sweetener Blend (1:1 sugar substitute)
Save money with this Homemade Keto Sweetener Blend that works as a 1:1 sugar substitute in keto and low-carb dessert recipes! My readers affectionately call it "Dietz Sweet", and it's an easy way to enjoy keto desserts for less!
Combine erythritol and stevia in a storage container.
Shake vigorously to combine.
Use as the keto/low-carb sweetener in recipes or substitute this blend 1:1 for white sugar.
Recipes Using This Homemade Keto Sweetener Blend…
- All recipes in my eBook: Sweet Without Sugar: A Collection Of Nourishing, Allergy-Friendly, Low-Carb Desserts!
- Paleo & Keto Lemon Curd
- Keto No-Bake Raspberry Cheesecake
- Best Keto Fudgy Brownies w/ a Secret!
- Keto Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars
- Keto Maple Carrot Cake with Cultured Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
- Dairy-Free Keto Avocado Lemon Ice Cream
- Keto Matcha Baked Donuts
- Keto Swedish Cream
- Blender Batter Keto Lemon Blueberry Bread
- Keto Chocolate Collagen Shake
- Low-Carb Fudgy Orange Coffee Cake
What do you think about sugar alcohols? Do you use erythritol or stevia? Would you like to try Dietz Sweet??
Originally published on November 2, 2016. Updated text, photos, and pin images on February 27, 2020.