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Low Carb Simple Syrup – a sugar free sweetener

This low carb simple syrup is the perfect sugar free sweetener! It's ideal for adding to cocktails, sauces, and more – and it's zero carb and keto friendly. Watch the video tutorial!

Low Carb Simple Syrup - a sugar free sweetener for cocktails, sauces, and more. Zero carb and keto recipe.

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The reason for making this recipe is simple (ha!). For years I have used sugar free sweetening syrups like Da Vinci – either their plain or chocolate flavors – for adding sweetness to drinks, sauces, and other sweet treats. I'm a huge fan of it – but it's sweetened with Splenda (sucralose), which I know doesn't work for a lot of you, and it's yet another thing that I have to order online.

The latter issue isn't really a problem, in truth. In fact I rather like shopping for low carb goodies online! But it suddenly occurred to me one day that it wouldn't take much effort to make my own low carb simple syrup. And here it is!

My first decision was which sweetener to use. I confess that I'm going off stevia these days. And although I regularly use Swerve and xylitol, I thought I would ring the changes and use Lakanto. It's a blend of monkfruit and erythritol, and I think it's a really excellent product. They also sell syrups, chocolate spread, liquid extracts, chocolate bars, and more – so do check them out!

Low Carb Simple Syrup - a sugar free sweetener for cocktails, sauces, and more. Zero carb and keto recipe.

By the way, Lakanto is really great for baking and has an equal sweetness and volume ratio to sugar – so substitutions are easy! Oh and of course, it is zero carb! But don't miss this great offer! Use coupon code “SAFTC” to get 20% off everything in the Lakanto store!!! There are syrups, chocolate, pancake mix, bundle deals and even a chocolate spread! You're going to LOVE it!

My first attempt to make this syrup ended in the sweetener crystallizing as it cooled. All I needed to do was to warm it through again – but that's hardly convenient. With a little help from some science-minded friends and this article, I remade the recipe but with a pinch of xanthan gum. 

Xanthan gum is a substance that I frequently use for thickening sauces. It's zero carb, and has no color, odor, or flavor. It's technically a stabilizer – so guess what – it stops the sweetener from recrystallizing! 

Here's a recipe video to show you how to make this erythritol and monkfruit simple syrup – or keep reading for more details and a printable recipe card:

 


 

How to Make Low Carb Simple Syrup

Add water and classic Lakanto to a small saucepan and bring to the boil.

Low Carb Simple Syrup - a sugar free sweetener for cocktails, sauces, and more. Zero carb and keto recipe.

Reduce to a simmer and make sure that all the sweetener is fully dissolved. 

Sprinkle a pinch (no more than eighth of a teaspoon) of xanthan gum over the mixture, and quickly whisk it in until it too is dissolved. 

Low Carb Simple Syrup - a sugar free sweetener for cocktails, sauces, and more. Zero carb and keto recipe.

 

Let the syrup cool and then transfer it to a flip top glass bottle or similar. Store at room temperature.

 

Low Carb Simple Syrup - a sugar free sweetener for cocktails, sauces, and more. Zero carb and keto recipe.

You'll use this erythritol and monkfruit syrup for so many things – keep reading for recipe ideas!

Low Carb Simple Syrup - a sugar free sweetener for cocktails, sauces, and more. Zero carb and keto recipe.

 

Low Carb Simple Syrup

Low Carb Simple Syrup

Yield: Approximately 8 Servings
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This low carb simple syrup is the perfect sugar free sweetener! It's ideal for adding to cocktails, sauces, and more - and it's zero carb and keto friendly!

Instructions

  1. Add the water and sweetener to a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and make sure that all the sweetener is fully dissolved.
  2. Sprinkle a pinch (no more than eighth of a teaspoon) of xanthan gum over the mixture, and quickly whisk until it too has dissolved.
  3. Let the syrup cool and then transfer it to a flip top glass bottle or similar.
  4. Store at room temperature.

Notes

Zero carbs per serving of two tablespoons

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving Calories 0Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gProtein 0g
If you're thinking of skipping the xanthan gum, you could either just warm the syrup up each time you need it as mentioned above, or you could let the crystals form, and then just use the liquid as your sweetener – as long as it is sweet enough for your tastes.

Oh and a quick note about the sweetness – I've made the syrup quite “long” – it's not an intense mixture where you only need a few drops. It's intended to add volume to drinks as well as sweetness, and be a direct replacement for all those recipes I made using the Splenda syrup!

Here are some recipes that you can find right here on the blog that use this syrup! It's not just for cocktails!

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Heather Davis

Friday 12th of February 2021

Have you tried adding a flavor to it? Specifically Vanilla ?

Georgina

Saturday 13th of February 2021

No I haven't - but sounds like a great idea!

Helen

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Have made this several times and it always crystallizes :/ Bummer because Lakanto is not cheap!

Would love to hear how others rectified!

Georgina

Sunday 24th of January 2021

And you used the xanthan gum? I tested this recipe a ton and it always worked out for me.

Linda

Monday 21st of September 2020

Can you use this simple syrup to can fruit?

Georgina

Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

No, I don't think it would be suitable.

Debbie

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

I have made this several times using the xanthan gum but it always crystallizes, is there any other way of making this which I don’t get crystallization on the bottom of my bottle?

Georgina

Monday 3rd of August 2020

That's strange! Can I ask what brand of sweetener you are using?

Yoli

Thursday 25th of June 2020

Hello, if it's not sweet enough, can we add some stevia drops to it? Thanks

Georgina

Friday 26th of June 2020

I haven't tried it but I imagine it would work fine!

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