DIY Alcohol Free Liquid Stevia Leaf Extract

On my quest to weaning myself off refined sugar for the second time, I stumbled across this easy to make liquid stevia leaf extract at a fraction of the cost in local grocery stores. The low glycemic sweetener, Coconut sugar, was my go to but I found its best to limit all forms of sugar as much as possible in efforts to avoid health risks associated with sugar intake. It is true your body processes natural sugar much different than refined sugar. Your body can break down and digest natural sugars easier and absorb the nutrients from the food while refined sugars are processes to enhance taste and shelf life and as a result removing the nutrients from the product.

This non-sugar sweetener is 3x’s sweeter than white table sugar and can be enjoyed to your favorite desserts, teas and baked goods. Dry leaves do leave a bitter aftertaste, however in liquid form, the extract does not have the undesirable bitter taste, however, it does have the flavor of an herb tea. You can infuse the extract with vanilla beans or orange peel slices for additional flavoring if you choose.

Ready to make it, let’s get started.

Here’s what you need.

Step 1: Grab a mason jar. Any size will do as long as you have enough stevia leaves to cover the 1/3 of the jar.

Step 2: Pour the dried stevia leaves in the jar up to 1/3 of the jar.

Step 3: Fill half of the jar with hot/warm purified or filtered water.

Step 4: Fill the other half of the jar with food-grade vegetable glycerine.

Step 5: Cover the top of the mason jar with wax paper and seal the lid on tightly.

Step 6: Store the mixture in a cool dark place for 48 to 72 hours shaking the mixture often.

After 3 days, drain the liquid extract into an amber glass or clear glass jar/bottle with a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer. The extract will keep up to one year in the refrigerator.

This yummy sweet treat does taste similar to herbal tea. Enjoy the benefits of a 0 calorie, 0 sugar all natural sweetener without the bitterness and 3x’s sweeter than sugar. Did you make the extract? How did it turn out?