This post brought to you by NECTRESSE™Sweetener. All opinions are 100% mine.
I am not a fan of artificial sweeteners, in fact, I tend to stick with good, old-fashioned sugar most of the time. I love when a new good-for-you natural product comes on the market...and I love it even more when a company gives me the chance to try it out & share it with you! Have you seen the new pretty orange packaging in the baking aisle? NECTRESSE™Sweetener is a new natural sweetener that has just started making its way into the grocery stores alongside sugar and other sweeteners.
Did you know that Nectresse is the only 100% natural, zero calorie sweetener made from fruit? It's made from monk fruit, which is a small green melon grown in Asia (you can see photos of it in the video below).
Lisa Ling (I love watching her amazing journalism!) also loves the product and gave it a whole-hearted endorsement. Check it out below...if you like it, you can even share it with your friends.
I was treated to a box of Nectresse packets. As soon as I got them, Amazing Diner and I tore one open to check it out. The grains are about the same size and texture as white sugar crystals. We gave it a try and it was very sweet, actually sweeter than sugar. In fact, one quarter teaspoon of Nectresse is equal to the sweetness of one teaspoon of sugar! I used this ratio in substituting Nectresse in my recipes, using one-fourth the amount of Nectresse as I would have used of sugar. Everything I tried turned out great!
I even created a special Nectresse recipe to share with you: Peanut Butter & Chocolate Quesadillas!
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Quesadillas
1 packet (1/2 teaspoon) Nectresse
1 pinch cinnamon
2 flour tortillas
10 mini marshmallows
chocolate peanut butter spread, to taste
butter, to taste
- Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- In a small bowl, mix the Nectresse & cinnamon until evenly combined.
- Spread one side of one flour tortilla with chocolate peanut butter. Top with mini marshmallows, evenly distributed. Place remaining tortillas on top..
- Butter top of one tortilla and sprinkle half of cinnamon-Nectresse mixture on top of butter as evenly as possible.
- Put the quesadilla in the skillet, buttered side down. Butter the other side of the quesailla and sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-Nectresse mixture on it while it is face up. Cook for about 2 minutes or until toasted, then flip. Cook for an additional 2 minutes or until it is toasted and the marshmallow is melted. Remove from pan, allow to cook for 1-2 minutes before slicing into wedges. Serve.
Notes: If you don't have a chocolate peanut butter spread, you can subsitute regular peanut butter and add some chocolate chips, evenly spread along with the marshmallows.
I loved this delicious dessert quesadilla! It had a fabulous peanut-butter chocolate flavor and the marshmallows really melded it together. I would love to tell you what the rest of my family thought, but by the time any of them came into the kitchen, the whole thing had mysteriously disappeared. Any guesses where it went? Um, yep...I'm guilty! I ate the whole thing myself. But you can bet it won't be the last Peanut Butter & Chocolate Quesadilla I make, and next time I might share.
Want to try Nectresse yourself? Use this link to get a FREE sample of NECTRESSE™Sweetener. There is also a $2 off coupon available for printing so you can buy your own box ($3.99 for 40 servings) or canister ($6.99 for 140 servings) of Nectresse. I can find it just about everywhere in my area...even Wal-Mart!