Just because you’re living a low glycemic lifestyle doesn’t mean all your desserts have to be devoid of the fun colors of sprinkles! Behold: colored sweetener!
Homemade colored sugar is ridiculously easy to make. All you do is mix together some white granulated sugar with a few drops of liquid food coloring, allow it dry, and voila! DIY colored sugar.
Well, it’s just that simple when you’re living the low glycemic/Trim Healthy Mama life. But, instead of using granulated white sugar, we’re gonna use granulated low glycemic sweetener. Specifically, either erythritol or xylitol.
I’ve found that using the sugar alcohols of erythritol or xylitol fare better in the colored sweetener application because the granules are a little bigger and more crystalized. Although other sweeteners such as stevia powder will take the color, they don’t “sprinkle” as well as the granulated sugar alcohols do.
When making colored sweetener, it is typically best to use liquid food coloring as this blends easier and more thoroughly. However, paste can also be used–just be prepared to stir it up a bit more.
Before I dive into the recipe, here are a few food coloring combos you might find helpful:
- orange = 1 drop red + 1 drop yellow
- purple = 1 drop red + 1 drop blue
- green = 1 drop blue + 1 drop yellow
- violet = 2 drops blue + 1 drop red
- lime green = 3 drops yellow + 1 drop green
- aquamarine = 2 drops blue + 1 drop green
- chartreuse = 8 drops yellow + 1 drop green
- teal = 3 drops blue + 1 drop green
- brown = 1 drop red + 1 drop green
- tan = 2 drops brown + 1 drop yellow
- black = 1 drop blue + 1 drop red + 1 drop green
- Put the sweetener in a plastic zip bag or a small bowl.
- Add the food coloring a few drops at a time and thoroughly shake or stir into the sweetener until all the granules are coated. Add more food coloring until the desired color is achieved.
- Spread the colored sweetener over a paper towel or plate and allow to dry at least overnight.
- Break apart the granules and store in an airtight container at room temperature.
- Use as you would sprinkles or regular colored sugar.