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Low Carb Russian Teacakes Erythritol is a natural sweetener that is great for diabetics and others who follow a low carb lifestyle and/or want to limit their sugar intake.

It can be used in many delicious foods and also as a sweet dusting for treats, including these Low Carb Russian Teacakes. 

You can find the recipe for Low Carb Russian Teacakes and many other delicious recipes using erythritol in the links below.

Erythritol is natural, not man-made like many other sweeteners. It is made by fermenting foods which naturally contain sugars. The result is a product which retains the sweetness, but not the calories and carbs of the original foods.

It is a sugar alcohol, but it is neither sugar nor alcohol. And unlike other sugar alcohols, it doesn't cause nasty side effects like an upset tummy or quick dashes to the restroom! It will not harm your teeth, either: the FDA approved it to carry a "does not promote tooth decay" label.

Erythritol contains only 0.2 calories per gram and has very little, if any, effect on BGLs (Blood Glucose Levels). So you can enjoy low carb treats made with erythritol without worrying about carbs and calories.

For more info and a chart about sweeteners, check out Laura Dolson's article, What Are Sugar Alcohols?

Erythritol is available in both powdered and granular forms. You can run the granular form through a blender to make it finer, but I prefer to order powdered erythritol as well as granular.

I use granular erythritol when I want the recipe to have some crunch or will blend into other ingredients, like in the Low Carb Chocolate Chunk Almond Cookies in the list below. I also use it in toppings for crunches and other desserts.


Powdered erythritol blends into recipes well, which makes it great for chocolates as well as other delicate treats, like these Low Carb Shortpuffs.

Erythritol has a slightly "cool" taste, which I sometimes offset with a little Fiberfit (liquid sucralose). But I don't find it objectionable and sometimes use erythritol by itself, like in my Low Carb Russian Teacakes pictured above.
Low Carb Shortpuffs

You will find the recipe for the Low Carb Shortpuffs in the recipe links below along with lots of other yummy treats.

* Erythritol Recipes *

Low Carb Dark Chocolate Pudding
Rich and creamy pudding that's like cake batter

Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Pudding
Part cheesecake, part pudding with pumpkin flavor

Low Carb Mini Lemon Cream Pie
Go ahead! Eat the entire pie by yourself!

Low Carb Mini Raspberry Pie
Realistic berry texture from chia seeds

Low Carb Mini Mocha Cream Pie
Fluffy little mocha pie

Low Carb Mini Banana Cream Pie
Banana flavored filling with coconut crust and whipped cream topping

Low Carb Mini Chocolate Cream Pie
Creamy chocolate filling with coconut crust and whipped cream topping

Low Carb Coco-Cocoa Goo
Gooey chocolate and coconut concoction

Low Carb Nutty Mint Chocolate Goo
Minty chocolate goo with walnuts

Low Carb Minty Walnut Goo
Mint and walnuts without the chocolate

Low Carb Milk Chocolate Minty Goo
Minty goo with milk chocolate flavor and walnuts

Low Carb Licorice Goo Drops
Licorice-flavored goo similar to gumdrops

Low Carb Dark Chocolate Candies
Melt-in-your-mouth chocolates

Low Carb Rich Chocolate Candies
Rich chocolates

Low Carb Crispy Dark Chocolates
Chia seeds make chocolates crispy

How to Make Low Carb Crispy Dark Chocolates with Chia Seeds
Step-by-step directions with pictures

Low Carb Crispy Mint Chocolates
Chia seeds in minty chocolates

Low Carb Crispy Orange Chocolates
Orange and chocolate flavors

Low Carb Pizzelle
Pretty Italian cookies

Low Carb Stroopwafels
Dutch version of pizzelle made into sandwich cookies

Low Carb Cinnamunch Pizzelle
Cookies made from Cinnamunch Pork Rinds

Low Carb Cinnamunch Stroopwafels
Cinnamunch pizzelle made into stroopwafels

Low Carb Russian Teacakes
Teacakes with powdered erythritol coating pictured above

Low Carb Russian Teacakes 2
Alternate version of teacakes

Low Carb Soft Almond Cookies
Warm or cool, these cookies remain soft

Low Carb Soft & Cinnamony Cookies
Soft cookies reminiscent of Snickerdoodles

Low Carb Soft Minty Cookies
Soft cookies with a delightful mint flavor

No Willpower Required Low Carb Cookie Sundae
Cookies and cream dessert inspired by a cookie sundae

Soft Low Carb Sandwich Cookies
Soft low carb cookies with whipped cream filling

Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chewy chocolate chip cookies

Low Carb Chocolate Chunk Almond Cookies
Almond meal cookies with chocolate chunks

Low Carb Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cookies made with recipe for low carb dark chocolate chips

Low Carb Dark Chocolate Chips
Chocolate chips for baking or snacking

Low Carb Thumbprint Cookies
Jam-filled cookies

Low Carb No-Bake Fudgy Cookies
No-bake chocolate and coconut cookies

Low Carb Chocolate Disks
Room temp-stable chocolates

How to Make Low Carb Chocolate Disks
Step-by-step directions with pictures

Low Carb Mint Chocolate Disks
Minty chocolates

Low Carb Chocolate Pecan Disks
Chocolates with pecans

Low Carb Dark Raspberry Chocolate Disks
Raspberry flavored chocolates

Low Carb Chocolate Walnut Disks
Chocolates with walnuts

Low Carb Orange Chocolate Disks
Orange flavored chocolates

Low Carb Peachy Cobbler
Peach-flavored cobbler

Low Carb Berry Yummy Crunch
Berry-flavored dessert with crunchy topping

Low Carb Chocolate Crunch
Chocolate dessert with crunchy topping

Low Carb Banana Crunch
Banana-flavored crunch

Low Carb Choco-Cherry Crunch
Chocolate and cherry flavors with crunchy topping

Low Carb "Apple" Crunch
Apple-flavored crunch

Low Carb Mint Chocolate Crunch
Minty chocolate with crunchy topping

Low Carb Chayote Crunch
Tastes like apple!

Low Carb Chia Cherry Crunch
Cherry-flavored crunch

Low Carb Raspberry Coconut Crumble
Raspberry and coconut flavors with crumbly topping

Low Carb Chia Berry Crumble
Crumbly topping on berry-flavored dessert

Low Carb Mini Spice Cake
Spicy little cake with cream cheese frosting

Low Carb Dark Chocolate Mini Cake
Chocolate cake for one

Low Carb Spicy Chia Pudding Cake
Reminiscent of apple bread pudding

Low Carb Crunchy Banana Chia Cake
Banana-flavored glazed cake for one

Low Carb Cinnamon Chia Pudding Cake
Glazed cinnamony mini cake

Low Carb Frosted Chia Brownie
Rich little frosted dark chocolate cake/brownie

Low Carb Chocolate Chia Cake
Frosted milk chocolate mini cake

Low Carb Chia Bread Pudding
Reminiscent of bread puddings I used to make

Low Carb Lemon Chia Pudding
Lemony pudding with chia seeds

Low Carb Minty Chia Pudding
Mint and chocolate with chia seeds

Low Carb Mint Chocolate Chia Pudding
Mint and chocolate in a pudding

Low Carb Hot Chocolate Chia Cereal
Hot cereal with chocolate flavor

Low Carb Raspberry Jam
Chia seeds make raspberry-flavored jam realistic

Low Carb Chia Berry Jam
Another berry-flavored jam

Low Carb Blackberries and Cream
Once again, chia seeds make realistic berry seeds

Low Carb Blackberry Cream Spread
Creamy blackberry-flavored spread

Low Carb Frozen Mocha Fluff
Fluffy frozen dessert

Low Carb Minty Fluff
Freeze or eat like a minty pudding

Low Carb Blackberry Fluff
Blackberry-flavored fluff

Low Carb Rummy Fluff
Rum-flavored fluff

How to Make a Super Simple Low Carb Milk Chocolate Mousse
Step-by-step directions with pictures

Low Carb Shortpuffs
Angel food-like puffs pictured above for shortcake or other desserts

Low Carb Cinnamon Shortpuffs
Light, airy, and cinnamony puffs

Low Carb Whipped Cream
Sweet fluffy cream with few carbs

Easy Low Carb Cinnamony Shirataki
Sweetened cinnamony "rice"

Low Carb Flavored Gelatin
Flavored gelatin without artificial sweeteners

Low Carb Berry Filling
Filling for Low Carb Chia Dessert Crepes (link to crepe recipe included)

Low Carb Sour Cream Topping
Topping for Low Carb Chia Dessert Crepes (link to crepe recipe included)

Low Carb Chocolate Sour Cream Filling
Chocolate filling for Low Carb Chia Dessert Crepes or as pudding (link to crepe recipe included)

Low Carb Cinnamon Cream Filling
Whipped cream with cinnamon filling for Low Carb Chia Dessert Crepes (link to crepe recipe included)

Low Carb Cream Cheese Filling
Cream cheese filling for Low Carb Chia Dessert Crepes (link to crepe recipe included)

No Carb Dessert Topping/Filling
Filling or topping for low carb desserts

* Erythritol Sources *

You may be able to find erythritol in your local store, though I haven't seen the powdered form in a store.  You can also order both forms online.  These links will give you some choices.

Erythritol Granular
NOW Erythritol Granular
From Netrition

Erythritol
Sensato Erythritol, Granular and Powdered
From Netrition



 




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