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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Low Sugar Lemon Berry Tart #Pyure Stevia #Foodie Friday

Sugarless Lemon Berry Tart- simplelivingeating.com

This post is sponsored by Pyure. Opinions are my own.


I come from a family of diabetics. Both sets of my grandparent on both sides of the family and my father were diabetics and 2 of my 3 siblings have diabetes. 

Unfortunately, diabetes is becoming more common and it is a life shortening disease, but there are ways to prevent it... and there are sweeters to use if you have diabetes that are natural.

Sugarless Lemon Berry Tart- simplelivingeating.com

I have been a fan of Pyure's Stevia for a long time, because it is organic. When I worked in the health food industry 20 years ago I started experimenting with stevia. It is really different from artificial sweeteners firstly, because it doesn't have the harmful effects that artificial sweeteners may have, plus it may actually have health benefits.

I spoke with Naturopath Dr. James Mullane from Natural Family Medicine and he told me that stevia not only has zero calories and no glycemic index it may appears to help stabilize blood sugar, which is wonderful news for hypoglycemics and diabetics along with the rest of us who just want to be able to enjoy sweets without additional calories or negative effects on our health.

Sugarless Lemon Berry Tart- simplelivingeating.com

I have a very sensitive blood sugar balance and when I have a cup of tea sweetened with Stevia I feel balance, instead of light headed, like I do when I put sugar in my tea. 

If you have concerns about diabetes, or you are just trying to loss a little weight I would give Stevia a try.

Here is a recipe that my daughter came up with using the colors of July 4th that is made with Pyure Stevia. It tastes delicious.

Sugarless Lemon Berry Tart- simplelivingeating.com

Low Sugar Lemon Berry Tart

by J. Balch
simplelivingeating.com

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 cup of all purpose flour
3/4 cups of whole wheat flour
1 cup of confectioners sugar
1/4 cup of corn starch
1 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter room temperature
1 tablespoon of ice water

Filling:

3 large eggs beaten lightly
2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
1 teaspoons of lemon zest
1/2 cup of lemon juice
1/2 cup of whole milk
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 cup of berries


Directions: 

Crust:

1) Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees put rack in middle.

2) Grease a 13" by 9" baking dish and line it with parchment paper. 

3) Mix flours, sugar, corn starch and salt in a food processor. 

4) Cut butter into 1 inch cubes and add it to the food processor. Pulse it until a coarse sandy mixture forms, then add water and combine the mixture until it turns into a soft dough.

5) Dump it into the pan. Spread it out going 2 inches up the sides.

6) Refrigerate for 25 minutes.

7) Bake for 20 minutes.


Filling:

1) Reduce the heat of the oven to 250 degrees.

2) Whisk eggs, stevia and flour in a medium size bowl.

3) Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, milk and salt.

4) Combine fruit into the custard mixture.

5) Pour mixture into the crust. Bake for 35 minutes or until the custard is firm.

6) Cool for 30 minutes before serving.





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22 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting Diane!! Have a great holiday weekend! :)

    Sandi @ A New York Foodie

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  2. Your Lemon Berry Tart looks delicious and very healthy. Hope you and your family have a great 4th of July and thanks so much for the party!
    Miz Helen

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  3. I will definitely need to give pyure a try Diane! I tried making brownies with some random stevia from the store, and they were obnoxious. I also come from a long line of diabetics on both sides, and my own doctors banned sugar from my diet 3 weeks ago. I really do just need to start following your diet exactly don't I? :) Have a wonderful 4th of July!!

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    1. There is a little after taste with the baking mix. If you are really sensitive to it you might want to try the pure stevia in powder form. I do find the liquid formulas to have more after taste. Good luck with the diet.. it will be worth it.

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  4. Hi Diane,
    I find that so many foodies that are into whole foods are folks like you and I who are battling family histories with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc. I am convinced that plant based foods are the only way to go. I love your daughter's lemon berry tart - it looks fantastic. Interesting to hear about a healthy alternative to sugar as well.
    Thanks for hosting, Diane. I always enjoy visiting you. Happy 4th to you and yours :)

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    1. So true Robyn,
      My dad died at 57 from heart disease and diabetes and I know a lot of his health problems were because he didn't eat well.

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  5. Diane,
    Thanks for hosting the party. I use stevia in my coffee every day. I love that you're using it in baking.
    Annamaria

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  6. Looks like a wonderful tart Diane! I haven't heard of this brand of Stevia, but I'll check it out.

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  7. Thank so much for hosting! Have a safe and happy 4th of July! :)

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  8. Gorgeous berry tart Diane. Diabetes is very serious and I'm glad to know there is a safe artificial sweetener.Happy 4th of July and thanks for the party.
    Sam

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    1. Me too, my brother loves sweets and I am hoping to get my mom to bake with stevia for him.

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  9. Hmm...yumm...Diane, your sugarless tart looks & sounded amazing. Happy Foodie Friday !
    Blessings, Kristy

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  10. Diane,
    I've never tried to bake with stevia. I've had it in tea or iced tea. I too am sugar sensitive and I feel ok with stevia , but it seems like it stimulates my sweet tooth. ?? Anyway your lemon berry looks fabulous. Thanks for another great party

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    1. I mostly use it in tea, bummer it stimulates your sweet tooth. I think most sweeterners can do that.

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  11. Thanks so much for the feature Diane. Have a safe and happy 4th!

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  12. Hello cute lady! Thanks for hosting such a great party. Please come and party with us . We would be thrilled! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Friday! Lou Lou Girls

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  13. Thank you for the information on stevia, Diane. My mother in law was recently diagnosed with diabetes and is having a hard time because she loves carbs and sweets. Thank you, also for the party. Hope you are having a nice 4th of July.

    I wanted to get back to you about the gumbo crabs---any sized crabs can be used, we just use the smaller ones for gumbo since they are not worth the trouble saving for a crab boil.

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    1. You mother-in-law sounds like my brother with diabetes. He loves cakes and cookies. I am hoping to get him to use stevia, because I really don't like the health studies on the artificial sweeterners on the market.

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  14. This looks so good and love that it is sugarless. Thank you for hosting, Diane!

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  15. This looks delicious! Love the idea of using it for the Fourth of July. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

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  16. Hi Diane,

    This is Tonamy on behalf of the Pyure team, we would like to express our gratitude and joy to you for all your kind words and talents in working with our product and helping to inspire so many towards better health and life! It's truly beautiful. We would absolutely love to work with you more.

    For those interested in trying Pyure from Diane's recipe, send us a direct message on Facebook at bit.ly/PyureFB and we'll send you something to sample!

    Blessings,
    Pyure

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    1. Mei Mei it was easy to support you. Pyure is a great product. I hope others will give it a try. I just brought some to my diabetic brother. He is really excited about using it.

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