Testimony of the Day

“OK…I realize this might be a little premature but here goes…I laughed yesterday! That is one thing that I noticed and really missed…I never laughed! So sad! I don’t even have all my supplements yet…still waiting on one. Sleep is  better…about to try two patches of melatonin you suggested.

I’m pleased with the changes I’m seeing! Thank you! Kaye”

To get started on your path to health and healing, click HERE. I’d be honored to help you too!

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Maria’s Favorite Things Giveaway!

Today’s giveaway is an awesome gift from Swerve! William’s Sonoma Pans (retails for $150) plus William’s Sonoma Valentine’s Day and Easter cut outs! Thanks Swerve!

All you have to do is 3 things:

1. “Like” Maria Mind Body Health on Facebook and share Maria Mind Body Health on your Facebook wall.

2. “Like” Swerve on Facebook.

3. Leave a comment on your favorite Swerve-sweetened dessert!

A winner will be picked Feb. 14th  and posted on Maria Mind Body Health Facebook page. Good Luck!

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Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar is a sweetener that has become very popular in the past few years. Man, I get a million questions about this sweetener. This sugar is derived from the coconut palm tree and is hyped as being more nutritious and lower on the glycemic index than sugar. Coconut sugar is made in a two-step process:

1. A cut is made on the flower of the coconut palm, and the liquid sap is collected into containers.
2. The sap is placed under heat until most of the water in it has evaporated.

Coconut sugar does maintain some of the nutrients found in the coconut palm. It is difficult to find exact data on this, but according to the Philippine Department of Agriculture, coconut sugar contains several nutrients.[39] Most notable of these are the minerals iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium, along with some polyphenols and antioxidants that may also provide some health benefits. The reason it is lower on the glycemic index is because it also contains a fiber called inulin, which may slow glucose absorption.[40]

Even though coconut sugar does contain some nutrients, you’d have to eat a ridiculous amount of it to really get any benefits from these nutrients. You would get a lot more from non-sweet foods. Coconut sugar has the same amount of empty calories as table sugar.

One of the big contributors to the aging process and development and perpetuation of degenerative diseases is Advanced Glycation End Product (AGEs) glycation. Glycation is where a chemical reaction occurs between proteins and either sugars, lipid peroxidation products (free radicals from oxidative damage), or the breakdown products of sugar. So sugar plays a big role in glycation as does oxidative damage (think PUFA oils and sugar inflammation). Glycation is the forming of sort of a crust around our cells. Many different studies have shown that this crust contributes to a wide range of diseases including diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, asthma, stroke, cataracts, glaucoma, PCOS, autoimmune disease and much more. So what role does fructose play here? Studies have shown that fructose enables glycation reactions ten times more rapidly than glucose!

So again, you may be thinking, “OK Maria, if I want to sweeten something a little, I will use coconut sugar since it seems less harmless than honey.” No! Let me surprise you with a tidbit: even though I see claims all over the web that coconut sugar is commendably fructose-free, 70 to 80% of it is made of sucrose, which is half fructose (and half glucose)![41]  This essentially means that coconut sugar supplies the same amount of fructose as regular sugar, gram for gram.

Fructose can only be metabolized by the liver; glucose on the other hand can be metabolized by every cell in the body. Fructose raises triglycerides (blood fats) like no other food. Fructose bypasses the enzyme phosphofructokinase, which is the rate-limiting enzyme for glucose metabolism. Fructose is shunted past the sugar-regulating pathways and into the fat-formation pathway. The liver converts this fructose to fat, which, unfortunately, remains in the liver = FATTY LIVER DISEASE. Consuming fructose is essentially consuming fat! This is why I see so many children with fatty liver disease…they aren’t drinking alcohol, they are drinking sodas, juices and consuming too much fructose!

Do you think a “Calorie is a Calorie?” In THIS study, they were surprised at how quickly the liver was affected and how extensive the damage was with the fructose. Both diets had the same amount of fat, carbohydrate and protein, but the sources were different. “In the high-fructose group, the team found that the type of intestinal bacteria hadn’t changed, but that they were migrating to the liver more rapidly and causing damage there. It appears that something about the high fructose levels was causing the intestines to be less protective than normal, and consequently allowing the bacteria to leak out at a 30 percent higher rate.”

Jimmy Moore’s book Cholesterol Clarity“One way to remember that eating carbohydrates leads to an increase in blood and liver fat is to compare it to the French delicacy foie gras, a “fatty liver,” created by force-feeding carbohydrate (corn or, in Roman times, figs) to a goose. The same thing happens in humans.”

As long as you understand just how detrimental fructose is not only to your waist line, but also to the overall health of your cells and liver, you see that coconut sugar should be avoided.

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The liver governs how efficiently we lose weight as well as governs our moods. It can become congested from not only the fructose and sugar you eat, but all of the make-up and soaps you use on your skin! I had one client who had her liver enzymes go back to normal once she ditched all of the lotions and make-up products she was using! It is important to look at what you are putting on your skin too! It all gets absorbed by the liver. Instead of store bought lip balm, how about making this “healthified” lip balm for your Valentine? Click HERE to find ingredients.

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Read more about fructose and liver health in my new book Keto-Adapted.

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Thank you all for your love and support!

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Served with Strawberry “Champagne” which is 4 cups of sparkling water, add 4 strawberry tea bags and let it sit in the fridge for 2 days. Sweeten with Swerve to your desired sweetness.

White Chocolate Keto Truffles
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup Swerve confectioners
  • 6 TBS organic butter
  • ½ cup organic heavy whipping cream
  • COATING:
  • 4 oz edible cocoa butter
  • ⅔ cup Swerve confectioners
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • ¼ tsp Celtic sea salt
Instructions
  1. To make the filling: Before you begin, make sure you have everything ready to go – the cream and the butter next to the pan, ready to put in. Work fast or the sweetener will burn. Heat butter on high heat in a heavy-bottomed 2-quart (2 L) or 3-quart (3 L) saucepan. As soon as it comes to a boil, watch for specks of brown (this is brown butter). Immediately add the Swerve and the cream to the pan. Whisk until caramel sauce is smooth. Let cool in the pan for a couple minutes, and then pour into candy molds. Set in fridge or freezer until completely set. Meanwhile make the chocolate coating.
  2. Place cocoa butter in a double boiler and heat on medium high until fully melted (or microwave safe bowl and heat on high for one minute, check and heat for 30 seconds until melted). Melting cocoa butter takes longer than traditional fats.
  3. Stir in natural sweetener.
  4. Stir in extracts and salt.
  5. Remove the filling from the fridge or freezer. Remove from molds and coat with white chocolate.
  6. Cool in refrigerator until white chocolate is solid, about an hour.
  7. Enjoy!
Notes
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per truffle)
Traditional Truffles = 110 calories, 8g fat, 1g protein, 20g carbs
"Healthfied" Truffle = 72 calories, 8.2g fat, 0.1g protein, 0.1g carb

(99% fat, 0.5% protein, 0.5% carbs)

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Another Great Testimony

“I am 38 and have been seeing doctors since college when I started getting dizzy and blacking out during art critiques where we had to stand around a table. I’ve battled depression, anxiety, fatigue, adult onset acne, rosacea, thyroid problems, I could go on and on. I started January 1 and I dropped ten pounds the first 12 days. It’s slowed and I’m only up to 14 on the 23 but I really need to focus on keeping my water up. And I wasn’t exercising until a couple days ago. 

What is miraculous to me are things, like I’ve noticed how “clean” my emotions feels. Does that make sense?  No more losing my temper with my teenager. No more yelling at my husband. No more anxiety attacks. And since adding 5-HTP, I sleep great and wake up refreshed. After years of not sleeping and asking my doctors for help, why could not one of them recommend something so simple???  My husband keeps commenting on how soft my skin is now, my acne is gone, my rosacea is about 80% gone and my whole body doesn’t ache when I get out of bed in the morning. I still have another 40 pounds to lose, but I can’t believe the changes that are starting to manifest for my whole family.” – Jenny

339 Comments

  • Kristen says:

    They all seem to be our favorites so far but I especially enjoy the chocolate ganache cake. (The green bean bundles are so delicious I think I could eat them as a dessert!)

  • Jammie says:

    I LOVE the carrot cake on the SWERVE website. But the pumpkin pie milkshake also looks divine!!! 🙂

  • Caroline says:

    I love the protein chocolate eclairs and the molten chocolate cakes! YUM! Thank you Swerve and Maria!

  • Debi says:

    My favorites so far are the muffins and coffee cake that I make with Swerve. My husband did not like the taste of other sweeteners ( equal,splenda, etc) , but when i started using Swerve, he gets into the desserts more than I do. I have served these to other people too and they really like the taste.

  • Paula says:

    Chocolate lava cakes were my favorite!

  • Janice Plemon says:

    Thanks Maria, for everything you have taught me! I have shared the knowledge I’ve gained with several family members. Our lives are changing dramatically for the better! I purchased my first Swerve in order to make several of your sweet treat recipes! I’m just venturing into the candies and would love these items in my kitchen!

  • sarah Wielenberg says:

    My favorite is the peanut butter eggs.

  • Lori says:

    My favorite is the Nutella cupcakes! But, ALL of your desserts I have tried have been DELICIOUS!

  • Wendy Jones says:

    I have recently been using Swerve so much more. I was hesitant because I had to order it and it just wasn’t convenient but when I use it in the recipes I find here, I am blown away by the difference! I just ordered the confectioner’s Swerve to give it a try in some icings. I can’t wait! I

  • Melissa says:

    I like my skinny chocolate, muffin in a mug, shakes……. Anything I’ve used with swerve has been great. Cheesecake sounds good for today.

  • Allie says:

    I love many different recipes using Swerve, but my go-to recipes are for fudgy brownies and chocolate chip cookies. Oh! And the apple donuts that I made last night from your recipe. They were fantastic and gave me a new purpose for all the apple tea I bought!

  • tiffanie says:

    Ice cream! We have two of the suggested ice cream makers sitting on the counter so that we can make a double batch.

  • Stephany says:

    Love, love, LOVE your Lemon Bars! Very difficult to stop at 1 or 2, :).

  • Claudia says:

    I just recently bought my first package of swerve! I’m so excited to try it out and have so many more sweet treats to give a try!! 🙂

  • Terry day says:

    Love your cinnamon roll recipe! The first one I tried out of your cookbooks!

  • Heidi M says:

    So far….Shamrock shakes. All the kids approve!

  • Tammy says:

    I use Swerve in Almond Bark, 100 % Cacao sweetened with Swerve.. add some coconut oil and some almond slivers.. Yum

  • Sarah Miech says:

    I love the carrot cake! It’s so delicious!

  • Kim says:

    Best ever chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake!

  • Tara Johnson says:

    I am going to be honest. I haven’t had a chance to try Swerve yet but would love too. This seems to be the sweetener of choice for many people so it must be good and there are SO many recipes I can’t wait to try.

  • Tannya says:

    Chocolate chip cookies

  • Jackie says:

    I have used Swerve in a cake recipe and it was yummy!

  • Jo says:

    I just bought my first bag of Swerve so don’t have a favorite Swerve-sweetened dessert yet but this weekend I’m going to make George Stella’s “Lemon Mascarpone Flan” with it and I’ll let you know! lol

  • Darla says:

    I don’t really have a favorite Swerve desert…it’s just nice to be able to have something like Swerve to help be able to have something sweet now and then. The other day I ground some to powdered swerve and added some cocoa and creamcheese just to kill a sweet craving 😉

  • cathy durain says:

    My favorite has to be the peanut butter eggs!

  • Maureen says:

    Love swerve and have been using it for over a year . Love all your recipes but your Christmas cookies have been a hit two years in a row. Our whole family enjoys them. Thanks!

  • Michelle L. says:

    Favorite Swerve sweetened dessert – hmmm. There are so may. I’d have to say Maria’s Turtle Cheesecake right now.

  • Holly T. says:

    My favorite desert with Swerve is Cinnamon Rolls!! Yummy!! I was able to convert it successfully!! I also used the Swerve for the icing. 🙂

    I would love to try the truffles soon!!

  • Marcia DesRosiers says:

    anything with chocolate!! love fat bombs that are just a little sweet

  • Tiffany says:

    I just made the chocolate ganache cake for my birthday last week. It was scrumptious and everyone enjoyed it even though my ganache runneth over onto the counter!

  • Susan Lynn says:

    I made the tiramisu and the creamy filling was so rich and delicious I fell in Love with it! I highly recommend it!

  • Shelly says:

    Love the cinnamon rolls.

  • Jenn says:

    I haven’t had a chance to make them yet, but the Swerve recipe I’m most excited about is French macarons!

    Thank you for the giveaway, Maria and Swerve!

  • Marilyn says:

    I love Swerve for all my baking, plus Maria’s Cookie Dough Ice Cream!!

  • Dawn Bundy says:

    Cannot beat a creamy cheesecake 🙂

  • Amy says:

    I love making fudge with Swerve!

  • Mirinda says:

    I am so grateful for Swerve! It’s been a life saver lately in my house 🙂

  • Jennifer says:

    Love chocolate omm!!! Great breakfast item!

  • ann says:

    wow, a favorite? That’s hard ,they are all stupendous. I really love your keto fudge and pumpkin bread.

  • denise says:

    I have used swerve in many recipes. I love being able to eat cookies again.

  • Barbara says:

    Love in the carrot cake.

  • Kelli says:

    I have not tried Swerve yet but after reading the comments I will be placing an order 🙂

  • Carol says:

    I would LOVE to win this great giveaway! Sorry but I havent been able to make any of these desserts. I had just found out about this great product, hearing great things about it and was wanting to try it in my desserts with this diet I am on and so far it is working, I am losing weight! Keeping my fingers crossed. xx

  • Kathy Miles says:

    Blondie Brownies

  • Melinda Cowell says:

    Those truffles are going to be a favorite I am sure.. Love pumpkin bar recipe made with swerve yummy!

  • CeeJay says:

    Please don’t enter me into the giveaway as I live in Germany….but I just had to comment on the blurb about the coconut sugar….as it is used quite often in Germany as a healthy alternative….ouch!!! Also the info on the fatty liver.
    Could you address the liver in context to bile production when one no longer has a gallbladder to store it. I mean without a gallbladder how does that effect the liver in bile production when we eat certain foods. It would seem to me that the liver is then like a leaky faucet or something in that respect with the bile. In other words,,,we eat a high fat meal or high fat product but the gallbladder is no longer there to pump out “extra” bile to digest the fat. How does the liver deal with fat or how does fat so to speak suffer in the metabolism without the gallbladder being present? If you could ever do a post linking the liver and gallbladder and how each other work together or how a person without a gallbladder can handle extra fats in their nutrition would be interesting. We know the fructose dilema in the liver but how does a liver handle fats without a gallbladder being present…..in that the gallbladder is not there to pour out extra bile to metabolize the higher fat intake so how does the liver know to pour out extra bile….or can it even do that without a gallbladder. I will leave it at that as I seem to be talking in circles here somewhat ….I hope this makes sense:)

    • cemmerich says:

      Thanks! The common bile duct, which still remains after the gallbladder is removed, takes over a lot of the function of the gallbladder when it is taken out. That is why you can have your gallbladder removed and not totally fall apart by not being able to digest any fats. Coconut oil is very good for someone without a gallbladder because it doesn’t require bile acids for absorption. All MCT (medium chain tryglicerides) are like this. You can also use dandelion and ox bile to increase bile production. So eating this way is great for someone without a gallbladder.

  • Ashleigh says:

    I just ordered my first samples of Swerve yesterday. I can’t wait to get them in and try 🙂

  • Peggy Deichelbohrer says:

    The link to edible cocoa butter didn’t work. And you must have made some of the truffles with non-white chocolate? They look beautiful, by the way!

  • Anna says:

    So far, all I’ve made, as far as desserts are concerned, is ice cream. I think I may have put a little too much salt in, but it was still wonderful. I use Swerve every day in my hot green tea. I also use it in my greens drink – it helps the greens drink to not taste completely like hay!!

  • Maria Rose says:

    Favorite Swerve recipe is the first one I tried…Monkey Bread! It promoted me to buy a multi-pack of Swerve, which I keep on hand at all times!

  • Jackie Adlington says:

    Thank you Swerve for such a great product. I have been switching regular sugar with the swerve and no one even knows. The latest was a double chocolate cheesecake. Yummy! It will be great trying new recipes. Thanks again!!

    Jackie

  • Kathleen says:

    Love the Boston Cream Pie! Pretty much anything with chocolate 🙂

  • Kristin says:

    Thank you for the giveaway.

  • Vicki O says:

    These look yummy! Thank you!

  • vanessa says:

    pumpkin cheesecake

  • Sharron says:

    I have never tried Swerve, but would love to make something yummy with it!

  • Melissa Ann says:

    Thanks for the giveaway Maria!!! My favorite is your flour-less torte with Swerve! Yum!

  • Belenda says:

    So if I need a brown sugar substitute, what exactly do you suggest? All I read was you don’t like coconut sugar. I’m not going to use Splenda, and honey is not a granular substitute. So what do you suggest? ???

    • Sandy Munn says:

      Low Carb One Day at a Time uses 2 cups Swerve and 2 Tablespoons unsulphured blackstrap molasses. In a mixing bowl, blend the granular sweetener and molasses on medium speed until thoroughly combined, about 2 to 3 minutes.
      Net carb count: .88 g net carbs (for 1 Tbsp serving – plus the carbs for the sweetener.
      Makes about 2 cups

  • Jennifer says:

    Any dessert with Swerve is the best, but if I had to pick one it would be skinny chocolate.

    • Theresa says:

      Ice cream!!! Even though it’s hard with the swerve, as long as you plan in advance and stick it in the fridge, it works out great.

  • Jennifer Weinzirl says:

    Love candied cinnamon almonds and pecans

  • Crystal M says:

    I love the pumpkin ice cream!

  • Emily Stanek says:

    My fiancé loves the chocolate pie! He requests it all the time and he doesn’t typically care for “healthy” food.

  • LeeAnn says:

    Maria, correct me if I’m wrong, but this recipe is just for the White Chocolate, right? Do you have one for the darker or milk chocolate? Would you simply add cocoa powder to the edible cocoa butter? These look fabulous, and definitely worth a try…..especially when they are mostly fat!

  • Stephanie says:

    I have not tried this sweetener yet but plan to get to try;)

  • Matt says:

    Though technically it’s not dessert, I’d say the Energy Bars are my fave. Plus my kids love them.

  • Brooke says:

    I used Swerve to make raspberry cheesecake bars. Heaven!!

  • Gwen B. says:

    Looking so forward to these. I’m just beginning to use Swerve my first attempt needed to be sweeter but I can see how I’ll be using it for Chocolates and meringue cookies, so much more. Thank you.

  • Holly says:

    I can’t wait to order swerve and try all your yummy recipes! I’m just starting this lifestyle after battling elevated blood sugar for the last 5 yrs., and gaining 30 lbs!

  • Kate says:

    Love, love, love All the cheesecakes!!!!! So do my kiddos!!:-)

  • Jody Pedersen says:

    Maria, you’ve introduced me to a wonderful new healthy lifestyle. I’m slowly changing the family over with the help of Swerve. Thanks for everything you do for us all!!

  • herangeleyes says:

    I’ve tried swerve before in your icecream recipe and while it was delicious my body does not seem to like swerve and I had a lot of digestive issues! I would like to win though as my parents are going grain/sugar free and I am helping them with recipes, ingredients, etc. to get them started and this would help them!

  • Emily says:

    I love making coconut macaroons with Swerve.

  • c says:

    Since finding Swerve I enjoy making treats again! Maria’s truffles look so good! Cant wait to try that! Loved the apple pie one this fall that Swerve had on their site as well! thank you

  • Melinda says:

    These truffles look wonderful! I hope I have everthing I need to make them! now. mmm might need to be sure I have enough to make a double batch, I doubt the first batch will last ’till Valentines Day!

  • Jenny says:

    Gingerbread for Christmas has been my favorite swerve treat so far

  • Krissy says:

    I’m loving a rich cheese cake 🙂

  • Sharlene says:

    I’m a big cheesecake lover and than anything chocolate.

  • Teresa says:

    My whole family loves your lemon bars.

  • I can tell you for sure that these will be my faves. Thanks!

  • Regina says:

    I have not tried it before but would Love to win it so I can. 🙂

  • Bob says:

    I used Swerve for the first time in a recipe for Raspberry Scones it turned out fantastic I also use it in my coffee now.

  • Jill says:

    cheesecake… glorious cheesecake! I made one 2 weekends ago and my husband decided then and there that low carb living was going to be his friend for life!

  • Revonda says:

    Tiramisu

  • Janice says:

    Cheesecake recipes! Can’t wait to try this truffle recipe!

  • JodiC says:

    Hi Maria – I seem to get a migraine whenever I use Swerve or Stevia. I have tried both the regular Stevia and the Stevia Glycerite. Have you ever had a client that had this reaction to Stevia? Thank you!

  • MB says:

    Hi! I’m in the middle of week 3 of the accelerated plan but have been experiencing stalled weight loss since the start of week 2 (0lbs). I drink at least half my weight in oz of water, increased salt intake to decrease the initial headaches, take l-carnitine, l-glutamine, l-tyrosine, vitamind d-3, l-theanine, magnesium, 5-htp and and follow the meals. Any advice for such an early plateau? Thanks!

  • Marisa says:

    I love using Swerve in my chocolates I make!

  • Kim says:

    Lemon cheesecake 🙂

  • Sarah says:

    I made the raspberry mousse in the mini chocolate cups with Swerve. Heavenly!

  • Laura says:

    My favorite so far is the Amazing Cinnamon Rolls recipe. They are yummy and even my extremely picky 6-year-old eats them!

  • Sarah says:

    Maria’s Angel Food Cake recipe!

  • Denise Younge says:

    Love Maria’s angel food cake and poppyseed muffins!!

  • Jennifer D. says:

    I haven’t tried to make any desserts yet but I love anything with chocolate!!

  • Lauren says:

    I use swerve in so many things, I can’t pick a favorite! A family fave is the flourless chocolate torte… just made the angel food cake with strawberries and whipped heavy cream for my son’s 7th birthday, all with swerve (of course) and take-out beef and broccoli in the crock pot (with venison). Delish!

  • Josie Griffiths says:

    I love swerve in my coffee and I love baking cookies and cakes with it. I can’t wait to try these truffles!

  • I love it all… but I especially love the cake recipes.

  • nancy fiorenza says:

    Maria’s Angel Food Cake recipe!

  • Patti Cassalia says:

    Love making frozen ice cream desserts with Swerve!

  • Melissa says:

    I love the coffee ice cream recipe!! YUMMO!!! Satisfies such great cravings with none of the sugar crash!

  • Jessica McAfee says:

    I love the Cheesecake!!!

  • Maria says:

    We like the keto fudge!

  • LindaCC says:

    Favorite is peanut butter cookies

  • Rhonda says:

    I’m new to Swerve. I placed my first order today, but I love to bake, and I will first try it in cheesecake.

  • mary b says:

    Granola and OATMEAL nummy!

  • Tracy SP says:

    Favorite is orange chocolate mousse

  • Deanna B. says:

    I made peanut butter cookies this week! YUMMY!

  • Eva says:

    I recently made pumpkin twinkles. Loved them, so did the kiddos.

  • Stephanie says:

    I just learned about Swerve so I’ve yet to try any deserts but the recipe I have is for low carb peanut butter cookies and I would love to win so I can finally try them!!

  • Kim says:

    Just made the angel food cake with lemon curd, meatloaf, fish tacos, protein bread, popovers(with chocolate Jay Robb). I save Sat and Sun for shopping and cooking for the week ahead. ALL these recipes turned out sooooo good. Thank You Maria for all your time and research!!

  • Lisa Sedtal says:

    fat bombs

  • Terri M. says:

    Coconut milk fudge. Delicious!

  • Katy says:

    Cheesecake!

  • caron says:

    peanut butter chocolate eggs would be my fave so far but i do have a lot more recipes yet to try!

  • Janelle says:

    Swerve sweetener is the main/only sweetener I use. Just recently made peanut butter chocolate chip cookies with it.

  • Lizette says:

    I don’t have a favorite yet because haven’t tried Swerve yet but would love to!!!

  • Christy says:

    Thank you so much for all your recipes! These look delish!

  • Juli says:

    I love swerve!!

  • Linda says:

    I would love to try the truffles. How hard is the edible cocoa butter to find? Swerve is so easy to use, mixes well. I usually use less than most recipes call for though.

  • Karen Origer-Greco says:

    I love the chocolate fudge.

  • Melissa says:

    We love the molten chocolate cakes! Thank you for this awesome giveaway! 🙂

  • Sandra says:

    Love cheesecakes!! Thank you for answering the question about not having a gall bladder. Could you put more information out there for us???

  • Theresa says:

    Craving Snicker-doodles.

  • Marina says:

    I wish I could find Swerve Confectioners! It’s been out of stock on their website, as well as Amazon, for a while now.

  • Donna says:

    These look great. Since they are made with cream, how long do you think they would be ok without keeping them in the fridge?

  • Cristin says:

    I love chocolate chip cookies! Thanks for the opportunity. I love swerve!

  • Denise says:

    I LOVE your donuts. yummy!!!

  • Deanna S says:

    peanut butter fudge!

  • Montica Berry says:

    cheesecakes, crème brulee and angel food cake!!

  • Cindi Hoag says:

    Maria’s pumpkin bread…amazing!

  • Amy says:

    My favorite Maria desserts that I’ve tried so far using Swerve are the ultimate chocolate cake and the coffee cake.

  • Elizabeth says:

    I love using it to make sweetened condensed coconut milk!

  • lori says:

    Love the carrot cake.

  • Melissa says:

    I was raised on Southern food so of course I love the pecan tarts~

  • Hayley says:

    Cheesecake! Yummy!

  • Kris in Alaska says:

    Cheesecake!

  • Kali says:

    This is a great giveaway, thanks Maria for all the information you give! So far my favorite Swerve Sweetened recipe is the snicker doodle one! I would also like to try more cookie ones since I am a cookie fiend, and the cinnamon rolls are on my list as well!

  • Laurie says:

    Anything with chocolate!

  • Ruth says:

    I can’t find the lip balm recipe??? is it in the book??? thanks, Ruth

  • jean says:

    cheesecake

  • Vanessa says:

    Your lemon bars are my fav!!

  • Erin says:

    Chocolate chip cookies!!!! Yum! <3

  • Dyanne Spease says:

    Angel Food Cake!

  • Allison Jenkins says:

    Pumpkin cheesecake!

  • Susan Nishimura says:

    Everything! I only use Swerve now – wish I could get my hands on the confectionery one.

  • Jaylene says:

    peanut butter chocolate eggs…and I’ll make plain chocolates using the coating recipe and keep them in the fridge!

  • Suan Craig says:

    I have not used it yet. Can’t find it at stores in my area.

  • Ana says:

    Our favorite is coconut lemon cake with a lemon meringue frosting!!!!! Mmmmmmm.

  • Susan says:

    Gotta be the peanut butter chocolate eggs!!!

  • Kristy BT says:

    Extreme Chocolate Birthday Cake!

  • Susan says:

    Ginger snaps!

  • Mary Ann says:

    I always use serve.love it!

  • Sara Weeks says:

    It’s too hard to pick a favorite… All of them!!

  • Tamara Hamilton says:

    Love Swerve Benny a follower of Swerve & Maria for about a year. The swerve people directed me to a local health food store that carries Swerve. So helpful. I use it for everything. Add it in waffles, no need for syrup.

  • Lorraine says:

    One of my main sweeteners is Swerve. Love it. This prize looks like it belongs in my kitchen. lol

  • Katie Jan says:

    I love making donuts using Swerve!

  • Olya Carlin says:

    Keto fudge

  • Terri Bullard says:

    I use it to make cream cheese muffins which I love 🙂

  • julie snow says:

    Black Bean cupcakes with chocolate frosting taste great with swerve

  • Volanta says:

    I love caramel sauce with Swerve

  • Tovah D says:

    I really want to try this. I am attempting to get my husband converted as well. so many of your recipes use this and I want to follow so I get the right results.

  • Judy says:

    Keto fudge is a staple at our house.

  • sonia says:

    Coconut cream pie; so yummy!

  • Judy says:

    I love swerve and ive told so many friends about it too!

  • Tina Manniello says:

    Milk chocolate fudge!

  • Sandy Munn says:

    I just recently purchased some Swerve and your book. I’m anxious to try out your recipes!

  • Jamie H. says:

    I make everything with Swerve and love all of it…..but my favorite at the moment is probably vanilla bean ice cream.

  • Evelyn says:

    Maria’s cinnamon rolls are our favorite!

  • Amy says:

    I have used it in several desserts and it is great in all of them!

  • Donna says:

    I ran into a couple of problems making these.
    Q. #1 It is 4 oz of cocoa butter BY WEIGHT, right?
    Q. #2 The centers have been in the freezer for about an hour and they still are very soft and difficult to get out of the mold. I’m wondering if I should instead put the coating in the mold first and then the center?
    Q. #3 While waiting for the centers to firm up, I turned off the double boiler where the coating was waiting. The cocoa butter separated and is now sitting on top of a solid sludge of sweetener. I’m trying to reheat it now. Any ideas?

  • Tina says:

    I love so many of Maria’s recipes. Shamrock shake was my favorite treat all summer! I use swerve about every day! It’s a life saver!

  • Lori says:

    woahmama…. i have every single thing except something to make it cute shaped.

  • keri says:

    I’ve only made Nutella cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies…Both were great!

  • Joann says:

    Chocolate Lava Cake.

  • Emily says:

    I love the chocolate lava cake!

  • Becky Lane says:

    I think I would have to make low carb cinnamon rolls – my weakness! Thanks!

  • Tina says:

    This week I used swerve in snow cream!

  • Jen F. says:

    I don’t have a favorite – I just learned about Swerve and it’s on my to-order list!

  • Jennifer says:

    Probably OMM…They come in so many flavors!

  • Linda says:

    I love the cinnamon rolls!

  • Brittany says:

    Any of your chocolate desserts are my favorite!! I have just started using your Sweets cookbook and am now trying the cheesecake which will soon be a favorite I am sure!!

  • cindy says:

    Chocolate Chip cookies with Almond Flour and Swerve! 🙂

  • Suzie says:

    I still LOVE chocolate zucchini muffins!

  • Audrey says:

    Looking forward to making sweets for my Sweet. Thanks for the great February give away.

  • Leigh J. says:

    I just baked some muffins using Swerve and no one in my family knew that I didn’t use real sugar.. It is awesome! Awesome giveaway!

  • Sharon B. says:

    I have never tried Swerve, but I plan to. It was supposed to be sold at Giant here in Philadelphia, but they didn’t have it. 🙁

  • Ann says:

    These look so professional……..need to find some Swerve

  • Penny says:

    I love chocolate ice cream made with swerve.

  • Laura says:

    I love the chocolate chip cookies with Swerve

  • Brenda Mullis says:

    I love your recipes. Thanks for the swerve info. I love it. Those truffles are on my to do list for valentines day!!

  • Kelly Gentz says:

    I haven’t made a dessert that I super loved yet. I really want to try your monkey bread but it takes a lot of ingredients.

  • Barbara Lumaye says:

    my whole family loves Cheesecake, any kind 😉

  • Heather says:

    I want to make these for my boys but I can not open link to the edible cocoa butter. Is it the raw cocoa butter and can I use the cocoa butter wafers they sell on amazon? Also can I add unsweetened chocolate to the filling to make a chocolate filling? You also show chocolate coated truffles what did you use to coat them? Thanks, you’re the best!

  • EmilyB says:

    I love to use swerve in coconut oil chocolates and a cream cheese and egg breakfast “Danish”. Yum!

  • Regina Villarreal says:

    My all time favorite is the lemon bars, it reminds me so much of .my Daddys favorite dessert, lemon meringue pie!!!

  • Sky says:

    Chocolate Chip Cookies! So good!

  • Desiree says:

    Brownie Cheesecake 🙂

  • Robin says:

    I think these keto truffles will be my favorite! I am looking forward to trying Swerve for the first time. I can’t use the other sweeteners, so hope Swerve will be something that will work for me!!

  • Tanya says:

    I would love to try cheesecake. And these truffles. YUM!

  • Diane says:

    I don’t have a favorite yet as i haven’t had the opportunity to try Swerve. But i think I would like to try the Peanut butter Chia Energy Bars!

  • jeannie crane says:

    I have not had a chance to try but this product looks so promising. I would love to make some of the truffles.

  • Pam says:

    I haven’t tried Swerve yet, but I want to. I love your Healthifed Oreos.

  • Rachel H says:

    White choc truffles!

  • Alexia t says:

    I love brownie in a mug…with whipped cream

  • Shelly J says:

    My family loves all ice cream, all the time! I generally go for the chocolate, mousse and brownie-in-a-mug are what I dream about….love Swerve!

  • Laurie says:

    I just tried Swerve for the first time and absolutely love this product!! No nasty aftertaste!! I love Maria’s cheesecakes and her keto fudge too!!

  • Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I didn’t know about Swerve! Your truffles look amazing.

  • Tammy says:

    Love the coffee cake made with Swerve

  • Destiny P says:

    HOLY COMMENTS! I scrolled forever to post mine! LOL My fav swerve sweetened desert is absolutely with out a doubt cheesecake! YUM!

  • Alison says:

    It’s so hard to chose just one favorite since I use Swerve in so many delicious treats. Something that I could eat every day is the French Silk Pie. Sometimes I don’t make a pie with it. I just put it in pudding cups. Love those lemon bars too! As a matter of fact, that’s the treat that I currently have in my refrigerator. So refreshing!

  • chanin says:

    I made a coffee cake with swerve, it was so good! Definitely need to try these truffles. Will have to see if my cocoa butter that I have is edible. I made lotion bars with it so it may not be. The link for yours does not work … I will check to see if you have any in your amazon store.

  • Regan says:

    Thats a tough one but I wouls have to say the chocolate eclairs.

  • Ann C says:

    Coffee cake with Swerve confectionary sugar made into a drizzled on glaze….YUM.

  • EllenCF says:

    I would love to try swerve as it appeals to me but I have not been able to find it in any of the Stop and Shops their site says carry it and the stores don’t even know what I am talking about… BUT when I find it these turffles will be the 1st thing I make, then scones…..

  • Leslie says:

    Goodness, if I had to choose one, right now I’d choose blueberry cream cheese coffeecake.

  • Jane G says:

    I like using powdered Swerve to make icing for scones.

  • Margarita says:

    The creme brulee is the only dessert I have tried with swerve and it was SUPER easy and yummy!

  • Jen H. says:

    I love the Frozen Hot Chocolate!

  • Chelsey S. says:

    Cheesecake

  • Crystal says:

    I’ve never had a Swerve sweetened dessert. I’m new to all of this. I’ve been on this journey for a few weeks now. I’d love to try a Swerve sweetened dessert though – especially with all of those wonderful pans and accessories!

  • ruth says:

    cheesecake

  • Pansy says:

    Love the price break at Swerve when you buy in bulk so I buy 12 bags of confectioners at a time. We live on pumpkin muffins and cheesecake around here, I make them double to 5 times the recipe every couple weeks. We’ve tried others lava cakes, ice cream, shamrock shakes cinnamon roll cookies etc. but always keep these 2 in the house!

  • Jill says:

    My favorites are the lemon bars & any of your cheesecakes!

  • April says:

    I loved your chocolate eclairs, and so did the rest of my family! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Patti says:

    Love Maria and Swerve in all recipes but I also really need new baking pans….. mine are really old…

  • Laila says:

    I used Swerve in cookies, and now I am putting it with cacao butter and raw cacao powder and melt/dissolve in my make-shift double boiler to add to flaked coconut and raw cacao nibs. It’s my special treat to myself.

  • Emily says:

    COOKIES!!

  • Donna Poole says:

    Gotta try the carrot cake and chocolate cake that everyone keeps talking about!

  • Mary R says:

    cookies

  • Sara says:

    I have not had the privilege of trying Swerve yet but would love to try some of these great sounding desserts!

  • Melissa Johnson says:

    I just recently found out about Swerve and printed out a coupon yesterday so I can head over to Earth Fare and purchase some. I am trying to eliminate sugar from my familys diet and had thought most desserts would be a taste of the past so I was very excited to see that there is another option. So many of these desserts look delicious and Im looking forward to making some of them with Swerve. (Of course as a special treat every now and then) Thanks!

  • Amy says:

    So many it is hard to choose! I will have to go with Molten Chocolate Cakes!

  • Adrienne says:

    I love Swerve thanks to Maria! My current guilty Swerve treat is Almond Brownies!

  • Diane says:

    Tiramisu! Love it!

  • gina says:

    Greek Yogurt Crème Brulee

  • gigi says:

    I’m having a thing for Keto fudge right now, a small square is my nightly treat.

  • Brenda McNeil says:

    These look amazing! Use Swerve in almost everything I make that uses “sugar”!

  • Gwen says:

    cheesecake!

  • Holly P says:

    Definitely cheesecake! 🙂

  • Sodapop says:

    I haven’t gotten to try swerve yet 🙁 but I would love to make the chocolate eclairs!!!

  • connie N says:

    I can’t wait to try your Turtle Cheesecake.
    I think I will try it for valentine day.

  • Kelly Gentz says:

    Those truffles look absolutely amazing but I’m thinking my favorite would be the peanut butter chocolate eggs!!

  • Alisha says:

    I love the carrot cake with swerve!, and liked it on FB

  • Dedra says:

    My bags of swerve came in the mail a few days ago! I haven’t been able to try a recipe yet but carrot cake is my handsdown favorite.

  • Norma Tumberg says:

    angel food cake so far. as i get more into “swerving” i am sure i’ll find more fave desserts. 🙂

  • Jennifer says:

    I Love the chocolate chip cookies!

  • Jacque says:

    I honestly hadn’t even HEARD of Swerve until I found your blog last week! They don’t carry it locally, but, I really want to try some! 🙂
    All the recipes that you post look DELICIOUS!

  • Amber says:

    Love the lemon poppyseed bread

  • Tanya Turner says:

    Love love love chocolate eclairs, and chocolate lava cake, and my hubby loves scrumptious cheesecake! Swerve has a delicious sweet taste & is perfect for baking!

  • Aimee says:

    I use Swerve in my chocolate’s….can’t live without chocolate (and sometimes I add some peanut butter)….

  • merriett says:

    The cinnamon roll recipe is our family favorite.

  • Christy says:

    These are beautiful and sound amazing!

  • Donna says:

    Cheesecake! Any kind!

  • Amanda says:

    I’m going to try to make some Meyer Lemon bars today

  • Sandra says:

    I have never tried Swerve, because they don’t sell it here and you have to buy online. I would love to try some day. I especially want to make your Keto truffle recipe. Looks very yummy.

  • Anabela says:

    I haven’t tried any of Maria’s recipes with Swerve (yet!), but I whipped up a rich chocolate microwave mug cake last night of my own creation, featuring almond flour and Swerve. These keto truffles WILL be made soon! 🙂

  • Linda says:

    I am new to eating this way and have not tried Swerve yet. Would love to try!

  • Tanya says:

    Love the chocolate eclairs & lava cake!

  • Claudette Melanson says:

    I think my favorite Swerve sweetened dessert were the gingerbread men I made at Christmas!

  • Theresa S says:

    Swerve has become my go – to sweetener and I use it in nearly every dessert recipe I use. Among my favorites include every pie crust and every cookie I make. Powdered Swerve is in every frosting. It is hard to pick a favorite, but one stand – out is a chocolate walnut dacquoise that I make for special occasions.

  • Valerie says:

    We love using swerve to make your coconut flour brownies and fudge!

  • Kim says:

    The New York Style cheesecake I made for Christmas. No one could tell it was sugar free! Swerve rocks..

  • Tamara says:

    Hi Maria

    I am really enjoying reading your posts. Having just embarked with my family on the pathways of a more gluten, grain and sugar free existence, I have been looking at ways to balance the lunch boxes for school and work etc. I have your book on eating healthy for kids but I was just wondering what are your plans to expand on this and maybe do a book specific to school/ daycare/ work environment lunches? I am looking for packable ideas but not bento style. My children love home made sausage rolls and I have been forced to start off the year using bought puff pastry (simply because I don’t yet have one that is more compliant with our changes). I do enjoy your posts and the information you give is very informative.

  • Sally says:

    Cheesecake or truffles

  • Ella says:

    Omg! I love you so much I been promoting your site and book in my Instagram account lol I really really appreciate all the hardwork and awesome recipes!

  • Wanda says:

    Fudgy brownies from your book, The Art of Healty Eating Kids.

  • Traci says:

    Chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter/chocolate balls- YUM!

  • Melinda says:

    Maria….you mentioned the lip balm recipe and ingredients, but I’m not seeing the recipe, could you direct me to it? I’ve just started making many of my beauty products and would LOVE a lip balm recipe. You are amazing!! Thanks!

  • Jessica says:

    I love swerve! I use it in everything, keto fudge is a favorite! Also coconut milk whipped cream is another favorite use for swerve!

  • Kayla J says:

    Chocolate chip cookies!!

  • Mary Warren says:

    Peanut butter balls!!! Thank you for all the great recipes and giveaways!!

  • Lauren says:

    This looks amazing! Must try! 🙂

  • paulette says:

    I’d like to make these but with a chocolate center and dark chocolate coating. How much cocoa/sweetener to use for the center and I’m thinking I could just melt the chocoperfection bar to coat?
    My favorite is the French Silk pie or just the filling in a pretty glass.

  • Anne-Marie says:

    My favorite Swerve sweetened dessert is ICE CREAM!

  • patricia says:

    these sound absolutely delightful! I need to find cocoa butter somewhere!

  • Heidi says:

    I just discovered your blog today. I have been a type 1 diabetic for 27 years and am just beginning the ketogenic diet. Thank you for all your hard work. I am so excited to get started.

  • Carrie says:

    Cookies!

  • Stacy says:

    We love swerve around here and have been sugar free for a long time. My favorite is the extreme chocolate birthday cake. But my family loves the chocolate mint cookies, PB&J truffles, and angel food cake. I really want to try the creme brule, the apple bundt cake and an ice cream. We love your recipes.

  • Chris says:

    I use swerve in almost all of my cooking. I love to make the chocolate torte with cream cheese frosting for topping.

  • Rachel says:

    Chocolate chip cookies!

  • Nyki says:

    I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I love to use Swerve in all those sweet Asian sauces I love so much. I can make salmon teriyaki or chicken stir fry, and no one in my family can tell the sauce is sugar free!

  • Jennifer says:

    These look great!

  • Ruth says:

    I have 2 favorite dessert made with Swerve. The first is homemade eggnog. Swerve saved me this past holiday season. And the second is ice-cream. My husband eats vanilla ice-cream like it is going out of style. He is tall and thin and does not have to worry about his weight, unlike me… But, his last fasting blood glucose was 102 (yikes), the year before it was 80. So I began the process of making his diet lower carb. The 2 largest hurdles were bread and ice-cream. I started making him ice-cream with half Swerve and half sugar and then slowly removed the sugar. He has not noticed the loss of sugar and thinks the ice-cream is delicious!

  • Claire says:

    Your coconut flour/cream cheese brownies are in my regular rotation. I think I have at least four of your books, and I am impressed. Really appreciate all the time and effort you take to give us these recipes. Recipe development takes some serious time. Kudos to you!

  • Marti says:

    We love the ice cream however we do half swerve and half just like sugar. And also love the blondies!

  • Shari says:

    I haven’t tried Swerve yet…I don’t think it’s sold here in the Pacific Northwest. I’d love a good alternative to stevia only!

  • Mary says:

    I’d love to try the scones from the Wheat Belly cookbook, this time with Swerve.

  • Della says:

    I LOVE Swerve!! I have bags stashed so I never run out! My favorite recipe is an easy dessert using the powder version to make my own chocolate chunks to snack on or use in recipes, like you best choc. chip cookies!

  • Tammy says:

    I love lots of things sweetened with Swerve, but lately my vice has been hot cocoa. Yummy.

  • Amy says:

    I just made a grain/gluten & sugar-free brownie crusted cheesecake w/your homemade caramel sauce, & it’s my new fave.

  • Renee says:

    Just tried my first sample of Swerve tonight! Love it! We finally got a snowstorm so I celebrated with your hot chocolate. Hit the spot!

  • janet says:

    Brownies, they have always been a favorite.

  • Chresteane says:

    Chocolate peanut butter cake!!! Yum!!!

  • Christina says:

    We love fudge!

  • Aubrey B says:

    Looks really yummy!! Cant wait to try!

  • Shaunie says:

    Ice cream sandwiches!!!

  • Anita says:

    Love the Caramel Turtle Cheesecake!!!!!

  • Cinde Morris says:

    hands down the caramel turtle cheesecake!!!

  • Wendy says:

    Cheesecake!

  • JenniferB says:

    paleo chocolate souffle

  • Emma says:

    The easy almond joys! So easy, such a great way to use up ingredients!!

  • Jesslyn says:

    My family loves the Ice Cream and the Cinnabon cake! Amazing!!! 🙂

  • AlaskanAnnie says:

    Cheesecake! I’m all about any of the cheesecake recipes!

  • sarah stepec says:

    Pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting!

  • Jodi says:

    These candies are so beautiful! I cant wait to fill my daughters easter basket with some!

    • cemmerich says:

      Thanks! Can’t take the credit for decorating though. That is my amazing friend Rebecca! 🙂

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  • Mearced says:

    I would really like to try these truffles but am sensitive to dairy. I know I can sub coconut oil for the butter. What could I use in lieu of the heavy whipping cream? Would a can of coconut milk be best? Any other suggestions?
    Thanks so much!

    • cemmerich says:

      Yes, coconut oil will work. I would skim the cream off the top of a can of coconut milk. 😉

  • Amanda says:

    Hi Maria, I finally tried making these, and I’m having candy disasters…my caramel filling seems hard in the freezer, but won’t come out of the candy mold until is softens a bit, and then it is gooey and won’t stay hard. Did I do something wrong? I’m therefore wondering how on earth I’m going to coat these little beasts in slightly warm melted chocolate. Any tips? How do you get them out of the candy mold? How do you coat them? What should the consistency of the caramel be before you pour it into the molds? THanks.

  • Amanda says:

    Thanks, I will try a silicone one, mine was hard plastic, and the directions that came with it made it sound easy to get them out, but I just broke the tray trying! 🙂

  • Margaret says:

    I tried making these. The centers turned out ok but the coating was an epic fail. The sweetener would not mix in the cocoa butter and it totally seized. I ended up with oily cocoa butter and sugar sludge . I followed directions. Should I have mixed it faster or slower and longer?

  • Margaret says:

    Hi again. Sorry so dramatic well I figured out what I did wrong. Should have waited to mix in the extracts til after swerve mixed with cocoa butter. Thanks for all your recipes and advice

  • Barbara says:

    My absolute favorite are Turtle bars, with all the gooey chewy wonderfulness on top of a buttery almond crust. Tongue boggling!!

  • Ilisa Ailts says:

    I love Swerve and I do think these truffles are my favorite. They taste like “real” chocolate from my unhealthy days-ago 🙂

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  • Michelle says:

    I used swerve to make cheesecake for my husband for his birthday. No one had a clue that it was sugar free. Yum.

  • Kari says:

    I too absolutely loved the peanut butter eggs! I do have a question though, the recipe for white chocolate, can that be used as a alternative to dip the peanut butter eggs in. I like chocolate, but white chocolate would also be nice.

  • What can I use in place of the butter and whipping cream?

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  • Erica says:

    I love using Swerve to make chocolate chip cookies. Chocolate chip cookies have always been my most loved treat and I love using Swerve to make them. No harsh, chemical aftertaste! Great stuff! 😀

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