Cooking, and baking, with stevia isn’t difficult but it’s not the same as a sugar substitute. Most packet sweeteners are equal to each other or to two teaspoons of sugar. But stevia is much sweeter than typical sugar substitutes. Therefore, it’s important to follow general guidelines when baking with stevia as a sugar replacement.
In general one cup of sugar is equal to 1 tsp. of stevia sweetener. 1 tablespoon of sugar is equal to 5 drops, and 1 teaspoon of sugar equals 2 drops of stevia.
Things to remember when cooking with stevia:
- The 1 cup:1 tsp. ratio works well in fractions, too: a 1/2 cup of sugar is a 1/2 tsp of stevia, a 1/4 cup of sugar is 1/4 tsp. stevia, etc.
- The measurements for stevia are base measurements, and you may want to increase them slightly depending on your taste.
- Different brands make their stevia products differently, so you may have to experiment.
- It’s best to choose the right stevia for each specific recipe. For example the dark stevia liquid is a good substitute for brown sugar, and green leaf stevia powder is the best for shakes and smoothies.
In the tables below I’ve provided some very specific conversions, based on the brand requirements.
|Sugar||Sweetleaf Stevia Packets||Sweetleaf Sweetener Powder||Liquid Stevia Clear Sweetener|
|1 tsp||1/2 packet||1/4 tsp||5 to 8 drops|
|2 tsp||1 packet||1/2 tsp||1 tsp|
|1 Tbsp||1-1/2 to 2 packets||3/4 tsp||2 tsp|
|1 cup||18 to 24 packets||1-1/2 to 2 Tbsp||3 tsp|
|2 cups||36 to 48 packets||3 to 4 Tbsp||4 tsp|
|Sugar||Stevia Extract Powder||Stevia Concentrate Dark Liquid||Stevia Leaf Powder|
|1 tsp||dash||4 to 6 drops||N/A|
|2 tsp||dash||8 to 12 drops||N/A|
|1 Tbsp||dash||1/8 tsp||1/4 tsp|
|1 cup||1/3 to 1/2 tsp||1 Tbsp||1-1/2 to 2 Tbsp|
|2 cups||2/3 to 1 tsp||2 Tbsp||3 to 4 Tbsp|
Equivalencies are approximate. Adjust to your taste. Too much Stevia, and many brands, may taste bitter. When substituting Stevia for sugar in your own recipes you may have to adjust for the bulk. If using powder you can also dilute in water to make it easy to control the amount of sweetness.