Making a homemade Low Carb Simple Syrup is quick and easy and can be used with many hot or cold beverages. It can also be used to moisten low carb cakes or as a topping on desserts.
Using erythritol in this recipe easily dissolves in the hot water and makes this liquid gold syrup a perfect option for low carb, keto and diabetic friendly diets.
🥘 Ingredient notes
Made with water, erythritol, stevia and xanthan gum, this recipe is quick and so simple to make.
- Erythritol: this is my favourite sweetener as I find it is the closest sweetener to sugar and as a type 2 diabetic it does not seem to spike my blood sugars.
- Stevia: just a few drops are used in this recipe to balance out the cooling that usually comes with erythritol
- Xanthan Gum: this will help thicken the simple syrup and will thicken even more once cooled.
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👨🏻🍳 Steps by step instructions
How to make the Low Carb Simple Syrup
- STEP 1: add water and erythritol to a small saucepan on medium heat and whisk until dissolved. Allow to simmer for 2 minutes.
- STEP 2: add ¼ teaspoon of Xanthan Gum and whisk vigorously until dissolved, add 5-10 drops of liquid stevia, whisk and allow to simmer for 2-4 minutes.
- STEP 3: remove from heat and allow to cool before pouring into an airtight mason jar
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⏲️ Tips and serving suggestions
- Serving: the low carb simple syrup can be used as a liquid sweetener in beverages from iced coffees to cocktails
- Storage: store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to a month
- Variations: this low carb simple syrup can be used to make a variety of syrups such as a blueberry syrup by adding the juice from fresh blueberries, adding vanilla is another great option. Infusing it with mint, lemon and lime is another way I have used this syrup. I used the simple syrup to make a margarita. (recipe coming soon)
💭 Frequently asked questions
Many sweeteners will work but I try to keep my recipes simple and use what I normally have on hand like erythritol. It did dissolve quite well in the simmering water and I had no issues with it. You can also use monk fruit or allulose as alternatives.
Have you ever tried to make an iced coffee with regular granulated sweetener and it sinks to the bottom of the glass? Think of simple syrup as a liquid sweetener that will mix better in your beverages instead of finding it at the bottom once you are done the drink.
I have used low carb simple syrup in margaritas, mojitos and daiquiris.
Since I am a type 2 diabetic, I did test and did not notice any spikes two hours after consuming a cocktail with low carb simple sugar in it. However, I would only use this in moderation and you should always check your blood sugars to see how it affects you. I use a Fora 6 Connect glucose monitor to check my blood sugars, visit the link for 10% off or use IHACKEDDIABETES10 at check out.
Generally you would use about a ¼ ounce to a ½ ounce of low carb simple syrup in a drink or beverage.
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Low Carb Simple Syrup
- In a small saucepan on medium heat, bring water to a boil, add erythritol and whisk until completely dissolved. Allow to simmer for 2 minutes
- add xanthan gum and whisk vigorously to ensure there are no lumps and it is well incorporated. Allow to simmer for another 2 minutes
- add stevia drops and whisk again
- remove from heat and allow to cool before pouring into a bottle or mason jar.
- Continuously whisk in the sauce pan to help all ingredients to dissolve.
- If it does not appear to be thick, allow it cool in the fridge as it should thicken up.