The winner of the Artisana Prize Pack Giveaway is:
Submitted on 2013/04/30 at 7:00 am
The possibilities are endless! On rice cakes, apples, in shakes..
Wendy, Please email me at fitcupcaker at gmail dot com to claim your prize! Thanks everyone who entered!
Blogging has really opened up my mind to new foods, tastes, flavors, and baking experiments! I’ve always loved baking but ever since I started my blog back in November I feel like my creativity has sky rocketed!
Sometimes I fail miserably and sometimes I come up with food creations that are so addicting and it makes me want to bake more and more!
Today I am going to share a muffin recipe with you sweetened with Xyla.
Xyla, a manufacturer of Xylitol, recently sent me a sample pack with some of their products to try!
- Xyla Sweetener
What is Xylitol?
“Xylitol is an all natural sweetener that looks and tastes like sugar. Xylitol is naturally occurring in many of the fruits and vegetables we eat on a daily basis. Once extracted and processed it yields a white, crystalline granule that can be used in any recipe that calls for sugar. It’s good for your teeth, stabilizes insulin and hormone levels, promotes good health and has none of the negative side effects of white sugar or artificial sweeteners.”
I did some more research on this product and found the following:
- Xyla Brand Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that has fewer calories and carbs than regular granulated sugar
- Xylitol does not caramelize when baking so finished baked goods may seem dryer. An easy solution is to add more liquid, lecithin, butter, or even xanthan gum to the recipe to retain moisture. (Source)
The candies and mints are good, except for the fact that they melt in your mouth in like ten seconds so it makes me want to eat a full handful every time I reach in the tin. I am not a fan of really minty gum and this definitely falls into that category, so I probably would not chew it on a daily basis.
So is xyla really natural? I think this might take a lot of time and research, but I did find some information on it and here it is:
According to Shane Ellison, The People’s Chemist “Xylitol is a molecular cousin to sugar and is derived from the crushed fibers of sugar cane […birch wood or corn…] using a multi-step chemical reaction that involves the use of sulfuric acid, calcium oxide, phosphoric acid and active charcoal. The end product is a a bleached, powdery blend of sugar alcohols that taste sweet on the tongue but are not absorbed by the body.”
There are a bunch of big words in there and I’m not sure what all of them mean myself! He also said:
“Xylitol will rip up your insides, namely the digestive tract. It’s being touted as a natural product, most likely so that it can bypass regulation. Thus, very little studies exist on its side effects.”
So, Xyla is a sugar alcohol and I know that consuming too much of this can cause some laxative effects if you know what I mean! Also cramping, bloating etc. None of this sounds good to me, so I say if you do eat sugar alcohol, consume in small amounts.
I did use a small amount in my muffin experiment and they did turn out pretty good! I used banana in the recipe and I think that initially adds sweetness, but feel free to use more sweetener if desired.
Will I use Xyla all the time? Probably not. This product seems safe but I really try to avoid sugars and if I do bake I like to use all natural honey, and sometimes stevia. So I’ll leave the choice to you, but for those of you wondering, xyla did bake well 🙂
Here is the recipe I promised!
Oatmeal Blueberry Banana Muffins (+Protein)
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup oats
- 2 tbsp flaxseed meal
- 1 tbsp XYLA (or other sugar)
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Pinch Salt
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (regular or sugar free would work)
- 3/4 cup blueberries
- 1 banana- mashed
- Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees F
- Spray Muffin tin with non stick cooking spray (or use muffin liners)
- Mix dry ingredients together in one bowl.
- Mix wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.
- Slowly add dry ingredients to wet and mix until well incorporated.
- Fill each muffin cup 3/4 way full. (I used an ice cream scoop to measure batter)
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Let cool and Enjoy!
** Makes 9 Muffins
Store in refrigerator and reheat as necessary. Believe me they are best Warm and gooey!
Approximately 138 calories in one muffin.
Have you ever tried Xyla?
What are your thoughts on sweeteners? I say try to avoid artificial ones if possible.
I have a great product review to share with you today!
Quest Nutrition Protein Bars!
You have probably seen me writing about these great protein bars for a little while now!
Quest Nutrition was so kind to send me a sample box of their awesome protein bars!
They are GLUTEN FREE for all you lovers of gluten free products! They also have NO ADDED sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Each bar only has 4-6 grams of NON FIBER CARBS!
And they all have 20 grams of protein!
And they are all HIGH Fiber!
The cinnamon roll, strawberry cheesecake, Lemon Cream Pie, and Chocolate peanut butter all have sugar alcohols in them, but the most is 5 grams per bar, and again they all have 20 grams of protein!
You can read about Sugar Alcohols here.
The cinnamon roll flavor seriously tasted like I was eating a real cinnamon roll. Who wouldn’t love that!!?
I think this one might be dessert tonight!!
One negative is that the original line does contain sucralose which is an artificial sweetener, which I do try to avoid.
The other night I had the apple pie bar, and I warmed it in the microwave for 15 seconds and it tasted like warm apple pie without the guilt!
With only 3 grams of sugar, you have a healthy dessert!
The good thing about these protein bars are that they don’t have that chalky protein taste to them. They have tons of flavor and I actually ENJOY eating them, unlike some other protein bars I’ve had.
The peanut butter supreme was also amazing if you are a peanut butter fan like I am!
The coconut cashew was so sweet and it kept me full for hours!
I haven’t made my way through the whole box yet, but I haven’t been disappointed yet! I am excited to try the rest!
Have you ever tried Quest Protein Bars?
All this talk about food brings me to another meal and dessert that I had the other night that I really wanted to share with you guys because it is the bomb!
First, Pasta Fagioli with Parmesan cheese on top.
I’m glad this recipe called to blend the beans, because I am all about textures and I hate the texture of beans. I’m trying to get over it.
A veggie salad with mini “healthy croutons” and a cheesewich on low car tortilla, yes I said cheesewich- melted on the panini grill. I wanted to eat this meal all over again!
And a Low carb and sugar HEALTHY dessert!
The only difference is this time I used UMP (Ultimate Muscle Protein) Vanilla instead of chocolate. I think I actually liked it better with the vanilla but you can decide for yourself when you try it 🙂
And the winner via random.org of the Albion Fit Go Long Crew is:
True Random Number Generator Result:15:
Submitted on 2013/03/04 at 5:27 pm
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Congratulations Larissa!! Please email at fitcupcaker at gmail dot com with your last name and address so Albion Fit can get you the awesome crew you just won!
Have a great day!