This may be my very best recipe yet. Keto Sweet Tea. First I have to say, I may have been born and raised in Pennsylvania, but ever since we moved to the South years ago, sweet tea has been something that is a must have. Consequently, I am pretty sure I should have been born and raised in the South because I love it here, and not just for the sweet tea.
Above all, Southerners love their tea and drink it by the gallon! In the same vein, we love to have it in a Mason jar.
It reminds me of a quote from Dolly Parton. She played Truvy in the movie Steel Magnolias and aptly proclaimed it as the “house wine of the South.” There was never a truer statement. Most importantly, talk about the South and sooner or later sweet tea comes to mind.
Southerners love this sweet liquid and Southern girls are taught to make it by their Southern mamas. In other words, those of us who transplanted from the north found an older Southern lady to teach us the ropes. For the record, Southern girls know you can’t be considered a serious Southern belle unless you know how to make sweet tea. So, you can imagine my horror when I began my Keto Diet of having to give up my beloved sweet tea.Are you missing your sweet tea since going keto? Well this recipe will have you back to sipping your sweet tea on the front porch swing! Click To Tweet
Anyway here is how Keto Sweet Tea Happens
Well, I did a Facebook Live and told everyone about my amazing new find of how to make sweet tea that is ketogenic friendly! Yes folks, you heard that right! Finally sweet tea that you CAN have while you are on the ketogenic diet that has zero sugar. Anyway, I realized I never added it to my website to share this miracle of all miracles with you! I know I know you are asking yourself, how can this be?
Therefore, enter my best friends in the kitchen, erythritol and monk fruit! Because both erythritol and monk fruit are sugar alcohols with a glycemic index of 0 they will not spike your blood sugars. That also means you can subtract that from the total carbs for net carbs of ZERO! I use powered erythritol or monk fruit because it dissolves much better in the tea but granular will work just fine too.
However it is important to note one thing. Don’t overdo it consuming too many keto sweeteners. As a result of using them too much you can slow down your results if you are doing keto for weight loss.
Some may ask why I use baking soda? The baking soda neutralizes the tannins in black tea, giving it a smoother taste. (This same trick works to take the bitterness out of other teas as well; you can add a teeny pinch to a mug of hot tea while steeping). However it will work without the baking soda too though if you prefer to omit that.
All is now right in my world thanks to Keto Sweet Tea!
To sum up, all I can think of when I now have my sweet tea back is another movie quote from the movie Sweet Home Alabama by Fred Ward who played Earl Smooter: “Praise the Lord, the South has risen again!”
- 8 cups water, divided
- 8 black tea bags
- 1 ½ cups powdered erythritol or monk fruit
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Bring 6 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
- Remove from heat and add tea bags and baking soda. Cover and let steep for 15 minutes, then remove tea bags.
- Stir in erythritol and remaining water until well combined.
- To serve, fill glasses with ice. Be sure to use plenty of ice and always stir before serving as the sweetener tends to settle out when it sits.
Whether you use the powdered monkfruit or the powdered erythritol your net carbs will be zero. The nutrition information shown is based on the Lakanto brand of powdered monk fruit. The SoNourished brand of powdered erythritol would equal 36 total carbs, less 36 sugar alcohols for a total of 0 net carbs.
Don't overdo it consuming too many keto sweeteners. Using them too much can slow down your results if you are doing keto for weight loss.
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Serving Size1 glass
Amount Per Serving Calories 29Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 22.5gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gSugar Alcohols 22.5gProtein 0g
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