Posted on 12-14-2009
Filed Under (Health & Nutrition, Recipes &Cooking) by Charla

If you are using KAL Pure Stevia Extract powder like we do, then I think these conversions are not accurate for use with that brand.  In drinks such as tea or Kool-Aid then 1 “KAL spoonful” equals 1 tablespoon.  I have used this chart for baking and it did fine, but I’m thinking that maybe I could use less stevia and see how it turns out.

SUGAR AMOUNT………………STEVIA POWDER

1 cup………………………………..1 teaspoon

1/2 cup……………………………..1/2 teaspoon

1 tablespoon……………………1/4 teaspoon (this seems like too much – I use 1/8 tsp.)

1 teaspoon………………………….1/16 teaspoon

My husband and I are huge advocates of stevia.  But not just any brand of stevia because some brands leave a strong aftertaste.  Kal Stevia is the brand we’ve found to be the best so far, and we buy it online through Vitacost or at a local health food store if we have a really good coupon.  Vitacost has the best price that we’ve found, but if you find a better price then please let me know.  (One note about Vitacost.  They charge $5 shipping no matter how much or how little you order.  What we do is wait and order when we need four or five items.)   A jar of KAL Pure Stevia Extract powder (3.5 ounces) is expensive, but it lasts a long time.  I figured it out one time, and stevia is cheaper per use than buying several boxes of Sweet’ N Low which was my sweetener of choice for many years.

Why do we like stevia so much?  Here are a few reasons:

  • My doctor and another medical person recommended stevia and told me not to use any artificial sweeteners including Splenda, which is chemically altered sugar.  One said that sugar, even with its negative attributes, is better for me to use than any artificial sweeteners.  This would not be true for people with certain health issues, though.
  • I have substituted Kal Stevia for half of the sugar in recipes, and we can’t tell the difference.  I have used it completely with no added sugar in a cobbler recipe, and we liked it.
  • Stevia is natural and comes from a plant that is a member of the Sunflower family.
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2 - Elizabeth @ Table for Five on 24 August, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

I was visiting a family member this past weekend and she had a plant on her kitchen table, she handed me a leaf to crush up and smell, it was stevia. It doesn’t smell like anything, and tastes sort of bitter. She was trying to figure out a way to make an extract to use in coffee. She tried steeping the leaves in hot water, straining, and chilling the liquid, but it didn’t really taste like anything. I bet she’ll keep trying though!


3 - G on 20 August, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

I don’t understand why you advocate the Kal brand, but state your conversion chart is not accurate for said brand. Have you since come up with an accurate conversion for Kal brand?


4 - Charla on 21 August, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

The Kal brand has practically no aftertaste compared to other brands we’ve used. Just make sure not to put too much! These conversions work for us. Experiment and finds out what works for you.


5 - Sharey on 9 August, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

I have the Kal stevia liquid … do you know the conversion on it .. I also want to use it in my baking


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