‘Nu’ Month. ‘Nu’ (Naturals) Giveaway.

by Sarah on May 1, 2013 · 66 comments

I don’t try to deny it. I love sugar.

a spoonful of sugar makes blueberries break down.

I also love the song “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies, featured on the Now & Then soundtrack, to which my friends and I made up an epic lip sync during one slumber party in middle school. Papa Smart called the song ‘square,’ but I’m pretty sure you can’t help but smile watching the trippy dancing frog in the cartoon video.

So when I first discovered this natural, plant-derived sweetener called stevia, that keeps your blood sugar levels running low, I was (naturally) intrigued

And consequently obsessed.

Of all the stevia brands I’ve tried–and trust me, I’ve tasted an incredible variety– NuNaturals truly is my favorite. [And not just because they sometimes mail me free product.]

It bakes well (that was actually a NuNaturals baking blend on the tart above), the individual packets contain the perfect amount of sweet for my morning coffee, and I have never noticed the bitter aftertaste (or failure to actually sweeten) that I’ve noticed with other companies.

Of all the various products the company makes, however, the flavor drops are currently the most used in The Smart Kitchen.

actual unstaged photo of the drops not leaving my counter for days at a time

I have gone through an entire bottle of the orange as a flavor enhancement for my morning (or late evening) digestif of apple cider vinegar.

(Well, except for that time I used it to make my imitation Arctic Orange milkshake.)

And my recent lemon obsession has meant lemon-flavored oatmeal

topped with apricot, apples, dried cranberries

…and both lusciously lemony Lemon Bar microwave muffins

vanilla kefir frosting, papaya, raspberries, almonds

 …and a more lightly lemon-tinged shortcake version.

strawberries, dates, and cinnamon vanilla plantfusion goop

Let’s not forget lemon- infused kefir chia pudding parfait for breakfast.

with cereal, nuts, chocolate, raisins, and fruit for mixing

Or lemon fresh Greek yogurt at bedtime.

with apples, pears, cereal, and a scoop of homemade maple almond nutty butter

The chocolate NuNaturals drops played a nice round or two in the thick, creamy sea of Greek dairy as well.

topped with strawberries and wheatabix

They also truly enhanced my Mexican chocolate protein pancake with subtle sweetness and flavor.

coc-oat-nut buckwheat protein pancake with a scoop of siggis orange ginger yogurt and bananas

Yeah. I’m kind of addicted to the act of experimentation.

And so happy with all of the results.

I’m also extremely happy with the generosity of the NuNaturals company, because they have offered to send FOUR of you a set of FOUR flavor drops: lemon, orange, peppermint, and the new chocolate.

To enter, use that rafflecopter thingamajig. [I’ll pre-warn you that the mandatory entry is a comment, and that comment is: What should I make next using the flavor drops?]

This contest will end on Saturday, May 4th, at midnight.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Since I really have been consuming NuNaturals stevia drops and crystals at a consistent rate, it seems only (Nu) natural to consider it my What I Ate Wednesday post. I figured Jenn wouldn’t mind.

Especially because she’ll laugh at the fact that I almost used an old logo and wrote “What I Dropped Wednesday” and then realized that unless people took it to a Snoop Dogg place of hotness, it would imply I was dropping something that might result in an experience like the Archies’ video I referenced at the beginning of this post.

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Gina @Health, Love, and Chocolate May 1, 2013 at 12:41 am

You should make another microwave muffin creation, but of course! 😉

Debbie (Accidently Delish) May 1, 2013 at 12:45 am

well i know what i would be making. all of those delicious looking creations up there. i finally made my FIRST microwave muffin. can you believe it took me this long? it was pretty amazing i must admit. i would love to make other variations. thats what you can make, a new microwave muffin recipe for me to make. thanks!

Jasmine A. May 1, 2013 at 1:40 am

lemon bars!

Maria May 1, 2013 at 2:09 am

You should make a lemon pound cake. My favorite.

Though if I win, I’m making the orange smoothie first and then multiple micro muffins and lemon doodles of course.

Debbie @ Healthy Running Mom May 1, 2013 at 6:44 am

I Love NuNaturals! I had a lemon & it broke all over my counter- I NEED another!
Would LOVE to win ……
It’s amazing stuff, has made it easy for me to bake sugar free for my kids!

Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife May 1, 2013 at 7:07 am

I want to try it in my coffee!

Meghan May 1, 2013 at 7:12 am

I think you should make another milkshake!

katie May 1, 2013 at 7:23 am

Make something fabulous! I would say a smoothie with the lemon nunatural! A lemon berry smoothie! YUM!

Rachel May 1, 2013 at 7:27 am

Lemon poppyseed muffins!

Fran@BCDC May 1, 2013 at 7:28 am

I could use these in SO many ways! Just flavoring coffee would be sufficient for me! Love the Nu Naturals!!

Simona May 1, 2013 at 7:29 am

You should make a vanilla frappuccino ^^

Lle Schreiber May 1, 2013 at 7:39 am

A mint chocolate chip milkshake!

Ang @ Nutty for Life May 1, 2013 at 7:51 am

I would love to see you go all out and put them in something savory. It’ll be amazing and you’ll blow our minds with the recipe just like you always do!

Judy May 1, 2013 at 8:01 am

I also had lemon or orange to my ACV!

Miss Polkadot May 1, 2013 at 8:09 am

With Spring finally arriving I hope you’re already working on an ice cream recipe. No need to wait for Summer!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 1, 2013 at 8:37 am

I don’t know how anyone who competes lives without stevia. Nunaturals save my life. (Maybe that’s too dramatic, but they certainly saved my diet!)

Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile May 1, 2013 at 8:43 am

Lemon-y nutty butter! would that be weird?

char eats greens May 1, 2013 at 9:32 am

I have yet to try my lemon and orange flavours because I was unsure of what to use them in. You solved that one! I LOVE peppermint in my starbucks!!!!

theresa @ aspoonfulofsunshine May 1, 2013 at 9:45 am

I vote for a chocolate peppermint smoothie!

Alexandra May 1, 2013 at 10:01 am

I’d love to win this!! You should make a new microwave muffin with it!

Cari May 1, 2013 at 10:02 am

i’m thinking you should probably use a combination of the chocolate and the orange for a new microwave muffin or pancake flavor :) and you should probably add almonds. and a few dark chocolate chips. and orange zest if you’ve got it :)

Jeanine May 1, 2013 at 10:03 am

How about a “Nu” flavor of Nutty Butter? Something along the lines of chocolate peppermint…

Rachael S May 1, 2013 at 10:16 am

lemon meringue pie !

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist May 1, 2013 at 10:21 am

Cookie dough truffles! But make a fun flavor, like lemon sugar cookie!

Eating 4 Balance May 1, 2013 at 10:31 am

I think some type of protein-packed lemon blueberry muffin batter would be divine! Or maybe with the orange some kind of orange creamsicle creation! Heaven :)

Ashley P May 1, 2013 at 10:59 am

A vegan microwave muffin!

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert May 1, 2013 at 11:11 am

Totally random comments: Lemon muffins or bars – yum! Sugar, Sugar …. ahhh honey, honey – you are my candy girl and you got me wanting you – oh what a blast from my past. I am such a fan of Kefir – eat it every single day for breakfast – love the coconut chia! I also tried something new you would love – Skyr. I ate it everyday while on vacation in Iceland – and they’ve been eating it for over a thousand years – now on a quest to find it in the states :)

Lauren May 1, 2013 at 12:33 pm

How about lemon curd?!

Alina Borchardt May 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm

You could make a clean Frosting with one of the drop flavors! Yum Yum!

marie May 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm

You should make a chocolate mint microwave muffin.

Kadee May 1, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I didn’t know they had peppermint and chocolate! I want to try both of those in my coffee. And perhaps some kind of peppermint frosting? 😀

dixya@food, pleasure, and health May 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I have fallen in love with Nu Naturals lately too – I havent tried a lot of their products yet but tagatose was a delightful surprise. I made muffins and currently there is a giveaway going on on my blog too along with the recipe – http://www.foodpleasureandhealth.com/2013/04/anise-almond-muffins-marvelous.html

megan May 1, 2013 at 2:29 pm

would love to see you make something with the peppermint! maybe a minty coffee drink/latte? or a mint chocolate chip type smoothie?

thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Kim Perry May 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Lemon cream pie smoothie!! I love the light lemon flavor – so refreshing!!

Brittany @ Barr & Table May 1, 2013 at 3:23 pm

You should definitely make a chocolate peanut butter cookie or cupcake!

Hannah@mindrunningwild May 1, 2013 at 3:54 pm

nom nom nu naturals. naturally nearing …..I can’t think of another word to describe my love for them.

Katie May 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm


Sarah May 1, 2013 at 4:06 pm

A peppermint-chocolate smoothie!

Marie May 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Crepes would be delicious

Carla May 1, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Dessert souflee! (you’re creative. I know you can do it.)

leigh May 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I think its wonderful if you add a few drops to overnight oats, (i love lemon in my blueberry/seedy/chobani oats) try it, its lush 😉

Lindsey @ Pas de Deux May 1, 2013 at 6:16 pm

You have me thoroughly intrigued by this… how about tossing the lemon with some veggies before roasting them?!

Sonja @ The {Happy} Travel Bug May 1, 2013 at 6:37 pm

I love that song as well! Would love to try this stuff since I have low blood sugar issues, it would be perfect!

sam May 1, 2013 at 6:47 pm

you should make lemon meringue blondie bars!

Heather @ Better With Veggies May 1, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Chocolate – I must get my hands on that one!! I think you should make a simple chia pudding — but twist it into a dark chocolate decadent chia pudding! :)

GiGi Eats Celebrities May 1, 2013 at 7:31 pm

FRIGGIN LOOOOVEEEEEEEEE NuNaturals! LOVE :) My favorite brand on the face of the planet (well clearly, considering I am yelling. LOL)… I love to use it to sweeten coffee – All I need is black coffee and my stevia and I am good to go!

Lauren May 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I also love the song “Sugar Sugar” and Now and Then is one of my all time favorite movies! I’ve never tried the flavored stevia. I didn’t know if it would be any different than adding extracts. Adding the orange to the ACV drink is a good idea though. I have those every morning too. You should add to your coffee!

Danica @ It's Progression May 1, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Maybe use the chocolate as some part of a chocolate “frosting”??

Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets May 1, 2013 at 9:34 pm

I like the song Sugar, Sugar almost as much as I like your Mary Poppins reference in the beginning. I’ve never used Stevia or NuNaturals so I don’t know what I’d do with them, but it would a) involve produce, b) be strange but good or c) all of the above.

Wendy R. May 1, 2013 at 9:50 pm

How about a baked granola flavored with the stevia drops? Yum!!

Gina Rogers May 1, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Make a chocolate orange smoothie!

Ria May 1, 2013 at 11:26 pm

So many options! I’d like to see a lemon blueberry ice cream or pancake recipe. Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

Laura May 1, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Smoothies are my favorite breakfast!

Kelly O-ski May 1, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Ooooh, a pancake or waffle recipe!

Jamie @ Running on Rabbit Food May 1, 2013 at 11:33 pm

I LOVE Nu Naturals! Orange chocolate is my absolute favorite combo, so I’m definitely thinking I’d have to combine the 2. Orange chocolate fudge, perhaps?!

Seema May 1, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Hmm maybe a chocolate orange frozen hot chocolate?? :)

Vivienne May 2, 2013 at 8:26 am

I’m not a big fan of Stevia, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about NuNaturals. I’d love to make a Lemon Cheesecake! Yum, Yum!

lindsey May 2, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Use the chocolate and peppermint together! :)

sarah May 2, 2013 at 6:42 pm

I wanna make orange poppy-seed muffins!

katherine d May 2, 2013 at 7:40 pm

hot cocoa with the chocolate drops

Katie May 2, 2013 at 11:55 pm

I’ve never liked the bitter aftertaste of stevia that I’ve had in the past, but I’ve heard really great things about NuNaturals so I’d love to try it! I think anything lemon-y would be great…bars, cheesecake, scones, biscotti!

Holly May 4, 2013 at 1:33 am

I’d put the vanilla in coffee or hot chocolate!! Or the lemon in shortbread cookies… I’ve been seeing these drops for a while, I’d love to try them before I buy them…!

Gro May 4, 2013 at 5:21 am

You should make mint chocolate oatmeal, or maybe some kind of popsicle, maybe yoghurt based. I’m thinking lemon strawberry popsicle might be good.

Alex May 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Some deliciously flavored chia pudding!

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables May 4, 2013 at 9:18 pm

I love stevia in my protein pancakes!! YUM!

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli May 6, 2013 at 12:53 am

I am seriously obsessed with the drops too! I actually get a little nervous with the powder and packets because I’m always afraid I’ll add too much! I once tried half a packet in something once and it was so overkill that I had to ditch it and start over! I’m so sensitive when it comes to sweets, but the drops have never let me down!

Oh and thanks for reminding me that I’m a total delinquent and have YET to post my review! Ugh! I need to bake something with the powder first! Hmm….

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