Make Your Own Healthy Sweetener

Healthy sweetener at Happy Simple Living blog

Several years ago, a new sweetener came out called Sun Crystals. Sun Crystals sweetener was a blend of stevia and pure cane sugar. I loved Sun Crystals! Sun Crystals tasted great in my morning coffee, but didn’t give me that spikey-blood-sugar feeling or make me feel guilty about using a chemical sweetener. Sun Crystals changed my life!

Sun Crystals at Happy Simple Living blog

So naturally, they stopped making Sun Crystals.

For a while, I bought bags of Sun Crystals on eBay, even though they were advertised as “rare” and thus, worthy of increasingly bigger bids. A bag that was once $7 started at $30 and went up from there. But soon even the contraband Sun Crystals were gone, really gone, like my favorite perfect pink lip gloss that was discontinued or the thin, undimpled thighs of my youth.

Then the proverbial light bulb (an LED, of course) went off. Why couldn’t I make my own Sun Crystals? And so I set out on a quest to somehow recreate the magical formula of Sun Crystals. I purchased powdered organic stevia and organic cane sugar and began tinkering. After moments and moments of painstaking trial and error, I cracked the secret code and was once again able to enjoy guilt-free morning coffee and afternoon tea.

During the process I learned that my beloved Sun Crystals probably hadn’t been all that healthy after all, since the mixture contained maltodextrin—an additive that is usually derived chemically from GMO feed corn. I guess the word “natural” on the bag should have tipped me off!

Since many of my friends have commented on the jar of white powder I keep on the counter, I’m going to share my Top Secret recipe. Are you ready?

Happy Simple Homemade Sun Crystalz Recipe

  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 cup organic stevia powder

Directions: Combine cane sugar and stevia in a jar:

Homemade stevia sweetener

Shake well to combine. Makes 2 cups.

Enjoy!

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P.S. What’s your favorite sweetener? I’d love to hear…

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of six books about home design and food. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

15 comments to Make Your Own Healthy Sweetener

  • Kim

    Still giggling. Love your “secret recipe” and will probably have to try it soon — iced tea season is coming! I use a variety of sweeteners from sugar to honey to stevia. I usually grow my own stevia and steep the leaves with various homegrown or wildcrafted herbs to make a nice tea. I’ve heard that powdered stevia can be bitter. I take it you’re not finding that? Or does cutting it with sugar help eliminate that? It’s something I don’t notice with the full leaves. Thanks for tinkering.

  • Dear Kim,
    I have never thought of growing my own stevia, but I love that idea! You’re right, that mixing the sugar and stevia powder seems to offset the slight bitterness of the stevia. I love that you make your own tea from homegrown herbs, too. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    xo

  • Can’t wait to try it – will not do the artificial sweeteners but don’t like stevia aftertaste – this could be the answer! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I am a good ole’ sugar gal myself. Thanks for sharing your recipe!
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  • Lind

    I love truvia. It is stevia without the bitter taste.

  • Mac

    I’ve always been suspicious of artificial sweeteners (most of them give me awful headaches.) Stevia is intriguing, particularly since I can grow it in my garden. I like the half and half mix, hope to give this a try this summer.

    Stump Grinding Granby, CT

  • Em

    Specifically for coffee and tea, I prefer demerara sugar…However, I’ve never considered growing Stevia, thanks for the idea.

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  • Maggi

    It truly upset me when they stopped making Sun Crystals. I don’t know why it never dawned on me to try making it myself… BLOODY BRILLIANT IDEA!!! I assume the usage is roughly the same… 1/4 to 1/2 tsp for every 1 tsp of regular sugar?
    Kudos!

  • Rita Hein

    I have one packet of Sun Crystals left and have been hording it! And mine did not have the maloidextrin in it so will be glad to make my own. Would Whole Foods carry the organic sugar and Stevia or do you order it?

  • Mino Jones

    Thank you for working up the ratio on the sweetner.
    I still have a 50 pack box of Sun Crystals that I keep in the trailer for the odd camping trip or getaway but have been useing a product from TJ’s which is cut Stevia.
    I grow the Stevia here at home but am not a tea drinker so mostly combine it with other herbs/mints to make a relaxing tonic in a chewable form.
    Thanks again.
    I’ll be checking in soon.
    Mino Jones

  • Lee Gasparro

    I loved Sun Crystals also. And I went to ebay the same as you, and bought it there. Now, I can’t buy them anywhere. So I really appreciate your recipe for making my own. Do you know the calorie content of yours, or carb amount? With diabetes its helpful to know these things. Thanks so much.

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