Naturally Flavoured Low Carb Strawberry Simple Syrup

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Simple syrup is a very common component used by bartenders in mixed drinks and cocktails but it can also be flavoured with fruit and used to top desserts, pancakes, yogurt, and waffles. 

Generally made of equal parts water and sugar, traditional simple syrup is not suitable for anyone following a low carb or keto diet since 1 of its 2 ingredients is pure sugar.  

Here I will show you how easy it is to make a keto friendly simple syrup right at home, as well as how to make a special naturally flavoured low carb strawberry simple syrup both for use in low carb cocktails like my hard strawberry lemonade or my low carb strawberry basil mojito.

This simple syrup without the sugar could also be used in low carb desserts as a layer for cakes, or as a topping for ice creams and yogurt.

How to Make Simple Syrup Without Using Sugar

In case the name didn’t make this obvious, simple syrup is really simple to make. 

Literally all you need to do:

  •  Heat water until boiling, and add an equal amount of a low carb granular sweetener like monk fruit, erythritol, or xylitol, and stir until it’s dissolved. 
    • It is a 1:1 ratio of water to sugar, or in this case monk fruit/erythritol sweetener. You can choose to use weight or volume, but volume works fine. Essentially if you add 1 cup of water you also need to add 1 cup of sweetener. 
  • Once all of the sweetener has dissolved, it should only take a moment or so, pour the solution into a heat resistant container with a lid like a mason jar, and allow it to cool. 
    • Depending on the sweetener you used, some may recrystallize as the syrup cools. This is because heating the water allowed you to super saturate it with sweetener, it is no problem. Since this syrup is most commonly used in beverages, once you add this keto simple syrup to the glass and mix it around with everything, the sweetener will disappear into the drink
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Low Carb Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is a common ingredient used by bartenders in mixed drinks and cocktails and is made of equal parts sugar and water. This recipe is for a low carb simple syrup using erythritol/mink fruit and has 0g net carbs per serving.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: cocktail, dessert, erythritol, low carb simple syrup, Low Sugar, mixed drink, monk fruit, No Sugar, simple syrup, summer cocktail
Servings: 32 oz

Equipment

  • pot/sauce pan
  • Spoon
  • mason jar or heat resistant container with a lid

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water boiling
  • 2 cups monk fruit/erythritol sweetener

Instructions

  • Heat water in a pot or sauce pan over high heat until boiling
  • Add in an equal amount of monk fruit/erythritol sweetener and stir until dissolved
  • Transfer to a heat resistant container with a lid to cool and store sealed in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.

Notes

  • The actual amount of water you use does not matter as long as you use equal parts sweetener by mass or volume. 
  • I have only tried this with Erythritol, monk fruit, and xylitol with success, other sweeteners may work but you will need to experiment. 
  • Nutritional Information will vary depending on the sweetener used, always check the label of the product you are using to make any recipe. 
Simple syrup is a very common ingredient used by bartenders to make mixed drinks and cocktails. This no carb simple syrup is perfect for making fancy mixed drinks, low carb cocktails, or other sugar free treats. Click To Tweet

Nutrition

Serving: 4oz | Carbohydrates: 15g | Sugar Alcohols: 15g

How To Make Naturally Flavoured Low Carb Simple Syrup

Strawberry simple syrup in a glass

To make a specialty, fruit infused low carb simple syrup such as this strawberry simple syrup. Add fresh cut fruit to the boiling water along with the sweetener and continue to simmer until the solution has reduced. 

Fresh ripe low carb fruits such as berries with work best for this. 

These fruits contain lots of their own water that they will release into your syrup so you want to simmer that off to get the right syrup like consistency and concentrate the flavour. 

Once the solution has reduced, strain out the strawberry chunks with a mesh strainer, lightly pressing out any remaining liquid with the back of a spoon. 

Transfer to a heat resistant container with a lid, like a mason jar, and store sealed in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Strawberry simple syrup in a glass
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Low Carb Strawberry Flavoured Simple Syrup

A strawberry infused low carb simple syrup flavoured naturally with fresh cut local strawberries. Perfect for low carb cocktails, mixed d rinks, desserts, cheesecakes, waffles, and pancakes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: cocktail, keto cocktail, low carb simple syrup, naturally flavoured, strawberry, summer cocktail
Servings: 32 oz
Calories: 14kcal

Equipment

  • Pot/saucepan
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Spoon
  • mesh strainer
  • mason jar or heat resistant container with a lid

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups monk fruit/erythritol sweetener
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries (about 12 oz) sliced

Instructions

  • Heat water in a pot over high heat until boiling and stir in equal amount of monk fruit/erythritol sweetener until dissolved.
  • Thinly slice fresh strawberries or other low carb fruit and add to the simmering pot. Simmer off water until he syrup begins to thicken and the liquid has turned red (if using strawberries), about 3-5 minutes of rapid simmering.
  • Strain the solution through a mesh strainer and lightly press any remaining liquid out of the pulp with the back of a spoon. Transfer syrup to a mason jar to cool and store sealed in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

  • The actual amount of water you use does not matter as long as you use equal parts sweetener by mass or volume. A 1:1 ratio of water to sweetener
  • I have only tried this with Erythritol, monk fruit, and xylitol with success, other sweeteners may work but you will need to experiment. 
  • Nutritional Information will vary depending on the sweetener and fruit used, always check the label of the product you are using to make any recipe. 
  • Low carb fruit such as berries will work best for flavouring simple syrup
  • The leftover fruit pulp can be frozen and used as a low carb treat for topping yogurt, waffles, desserts, etc. 
Can't wait to make a low sugar cocktail with this low carb strawberry simple syrup. So easy to make, and bursting with sweet strawberry flavour! Just 2g net carbs per serving! Click To Tweet

Nutrition

Serving: 4oz | Calories: 14kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 2.1g | Sugar Alcohols: 25.08g | Net Carbs: 2g

What To Use Low Carb Simple Syrup For

Simple syrup is a common ingredient in cocktails and beverages such as my low sugar summer cocktails, or even non alcoholic beverages like a Shirley Temple. 

This naturally flavoured low carb simple syrup can also be used to sweeten desserts, snow cones, ice cream, low carb sundaes, cheesecakes, fat bombs, or anything else you think would go well with a sweet falvoured syrup!

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I hope you found this guide to making keto friendly simple syrup and flavoured simple syrup helpful!

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