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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sugar-Free Holiday Ricotta Loaf #Weekend Bites #Lily's Sweets

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Sugar-Free Holiday Ricotta Loaf- simplelivingeating.com

This post is sponsored by Lily's Sweets. All opinions are my own. 

During the holidays when family and friends get together there is usually one or more guests who can't eat sugar. It is nice to have a little treat that they can enjoy too. This Sugar-Free Holiday Ricotta Loaf does the trick in my family. Everyone likes it just because it tastes good!


Sugar-free doesn't have to mean filled with artificial sweeteners. This loaf is sweetened with Stevia a plant derived sweetener that is all natural. 


Lily's Dark Chocolate chips: simplelivingeating.com


 The chocolate chips in the loaf are from Lily's Sweets Premium Dark Chocolate Chips these are every bit as good as traditional chocolate, and they have no added sugar and 25% fewer calories than traditional chocolate. These premium baking chips are also made with fair trade chocolate, and are vegan and certified gluten-free.

chopped gummy candy: simplelivingeating.com

When you remove sugar from a recipe you need to fill the volume with something. Sometimes people add applesauce, which I think is too sweet or yogurt which can be too sour. In this recipe I added ricotta cheese which gave this loaf a little bit of a cheesecake like feel to it. Adding gummy candy makes it festive. You can add dried fruit or nuts too.

Sugar- free Holiday Ricotta Loaf: simplelivingeating.com

Sugar-Free Holiday Ricotta Loaf

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 sticks of unsalted butter softened
1 tablespoon of liquid stevia
3 eggs
15 ounces of whole milk ricotta cheese
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of stevia sweetened chocolate chips
1/4 cup of green and red sugar free gummy candies chopped


1) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

2) Grease a non-stick loaf pan. (I used Pam)

3) In a medium size mixing bowl whisk together: salt and flour .

4) In an electric mixer on medium high or with a hand mixer cream the butter with stevia. Slowly add the eggs and vanilla extract. When these ingredients are blended add the ricotta cheese. Mix until just incorporated. 

5) Lower the mixer to low medium and slowly add the flour. Mix until flour is blended. 

6) Add chocolate chips and gummy candy and quickly mix them in on low or hand mix them in with a spoon. 

7) Pour mixture into loaf pan and bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until the top becomes golden brown and the loaf begins to separate from the sides. A tooth pick should come out clean from the middle.

8) Let cool for 5 minutes before using a knife to loosen the sides. Flip the loaf on to a cooling rack and let sit until it is room temperature. 





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25 comments:

  1. It is very thoughtful to have something on hand for people who don't or can't eat sugar and your ricotta loaf is perfect. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Sam

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    1. Thanks Sam,
      I have a few diabetics in my family. It is unfortunately more and more common these days.

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  2. Thanks so much for hosting, Diane !

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  3. Hi Diane,
    I am hosting an ornament exchange for a group of ladies this weekend and I have made some sugar free and gluten free treats for the dessert table. I will have to add your delicious Ricotta Loaf to the table. Thanks so much for the party and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

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    1. That would be so sweet for you to do... the ricotta really gives this loaf a nice moistness.

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  4. Diane,
    Thanks for hosting the party. I use powdered Stevia in my morning decaf. There are a lot of people that can't eat sugar and this is a perfect dessert for them.
    Annamaria

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    1. I use stevia in my tea. I think its a great product and I don't get the sugar ups and downs from it.

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  5. Dear Diane, Thank you for hosting. You loaf is beautiful. A very nice idea to share a sugar free dessert for the holidays. Have a blessed weekend dear, Catherine xo

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    1. Thanks Catherine,
      So many diet restrictions these days, you want to make sure no one is left out during the holidays.

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  6. Thanks for the party~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  7. Wow! Thanks for featuring me! I've added the "I was featured" onto my blog footer.

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    1. You are very welcomed Heidi... so glad you are part of the Weekend Bites.

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  8. What a great loaf :)
    I do bake cakes like this every now and then for our Gran-granfather

    Thanks for hosting another terrific party Diane

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    1. Both of my grandparents had diabetes we always made something sugar free for them.

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  9. Hi Diane,
    I love that your holiday loaf is sugar-free! It looks so festive and moist! Thanks so much for featuring my soup. I'm with you - I like some bite in my comfort food. Have a great weekend!

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    1. I'm making your soup Sunday, can't wait. Thanks so much for being a regular part of this party.

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  10. Hello beautiful! What a great party, and I love being a part of it. Please come and join our party,it runs until tonight at 7 pm. We would love to have you. Happy Friday! Lou Lou Girls

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  11. Diane,
    What a great idea to find a recipe that is sugar free but still looks so good. I also think that adding the ricotta is helpful as protein has stabilize blood sugar.

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    1. I was just thinking Italian with the ricotta, but I would agree it is probably good for stablizing sugar.

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  12. The loaf looks wonderful. I love finding sugar free treats.

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  13. Adding ricotta is such a great idea! I struggle sometimes when I am trying to create recipes for specialty diets - I'm going to try that next time!

    Jenny @ Honeyandbirch.com

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  14. What a beautiful bread!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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  15. Your bread is so pretty and festive! So nice to have a sugar free holiday treat.

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  16. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very special Christmas week!
    Miz Helen

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