Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…
Is it snowing where you are?
As usual, Dallas weather doesn’t know what it wants to do. So it vacillates from 25 to 75 and back again. Shorts one day, fleece pants the next. Always on our toes.
No snow here yet, but I do have white powder of a different sort: sugar-free powdered sugar. (Oxymoron?)
Every Christmas for as long as I can remember, my mom has made multiple batches of pixie cookies (the little chocolate crinkle cookies, dusted with powdered sugar). Last month I decided it was time to try creating a healthier, vegan version of those crowd-friendly chocolate pixies. In my quest to “healthify” the recipe, I landed on an about.com article describing how to turn Splenda into powdered sugar. This got me to thinking, “If you can do it with Splenda, why not with other sweeteners?”
So I tried it, first with Sucanat and then with Xylitol. Both times, it worked!
Sugar-Free Powdered Sugar
A new addition to: Over 200 Healthy & Sugar-Free Recipes.
- 1 cup xylitol or Sucanat (It’s 100% sugar-free if you use xylitol. This technique works with regular sugar too, or evaporated cane juice or even brown sugar. So if you find yourself in the middle of baking something and you run out of powdered sugar, just make your own!)
- optional 1-2 tsp arrowroot or cornstarch, to prevent clumping when stored
Whir the ingredients in a blender. (I used a Vita-Mix.) It’ll smoke a little, but that’s ok. You should have powdered sugar in a matter of seconds! I guess it’s actually too simple to really even be called a “recipe.”
Healthy Glaze Icing:
Combine 1 cup of the above powdered sugar with 1 1/2 tbsp milk of choice and 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract. Use in place of regular powdered sugar icing, on cookies or cupcakes, etc.
I haven’t tried baking with the xylitol version, but you can definitely use it to sprinkle on anything you’d normally sprinkle with powdered sugar:
Such as the above: Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal.
But like I said, I didn’t use the powdered sugar for oatmeal; it was used for Chocolate Pixie Cookies. Hopefully I can get that post up soon… I need to make more cookies first, because the Christmas ones all disappeared before I had a chance to snap a photo!