The New Sweetener with 0.5 Calories a Serve

The New Sweetener with 0.5 Calories a Serve

You probably know by know that I have a penchant for the sweet stuff, but I also want to look after my body. Sadly, the two don’t always go hand in hand, so i’m always on the lookout for natural alternatives. Lots of my recipes call for Natvia (or stevia) which I love to incorporate in sweet and savoury dishes. Unlike sweeteners of the past, stevia is all-natural – made from the stevia plant found mainly in Brazil.

But what’s this….another delicious alternative with all the benefits of stevia? You got it. It’s called Norbu, and it’s made from Monk Fruit.

You might not have heard of monk fruit before. That’s because it has traditionally been grown on steep forested mountains in small orchards, so until now there just hasn’t been a lot of it.


It’s a fruit that has been used by the ancients for hundreds of years as a sugar substitute. Traditional Chinese doctors have been prescribing it as a treatment for diabetes and obesity for centuries. It’s native to the remote mountainous regions of Southern China and Northern Thailand and is very well known by the locals there. They call it Luo Han Guo.


Very light and pleasant, with a “fruity” rounded after-taste. There’s no bitter artificial aftertaste (because it’s not artificial – duh!).


If you’re asking this, you’ve been living under a rock for the last 2 years. Welcome back.


In Australia, Norbu is the only monk fruit sweetener on the shelves. You can get it in the baking isle of Coles Supermarkets nationwide. Learn more about Norbu Sweetener and stockists here.Norbu



It goes with just about anything, and is equivalent in sweetness (spoon for spoon) to traditional sugar. I love to use it in baking, but it’s also perfect in coffee and tea. Your gran’s muffin recipe is just waiting to be healthified* with this.

*yet to be added the Oxford dictionary – you saw it here first.

Want to try it for yourself? Check out these delicious recipes using Norbu, or download your FREE copy of their RAW RECIPE EBOOK.


Espresso & Vanilla Milkshake
Espresso & Vanilla Milkshake


Chocolate Superfood Breakfast Bowl
Chocolate Superfood Breakfast Bowl


Wouldn’t it be so very awesome if more companies used this in their products? It would save me hours reading ingredients labels in the supermarkets! Tip: anything ending in ‘ose‘ is a sugar or derivative, such as maltose, dextrose, sucrose and fructose. Stear clear from these where you can. Better yet – make everything from scratch and add a touch of Norbu where required! You’re sweet enough.





Craving more? Check out the Norbu Website | Instagram | Facebook | FREE Raw Recipe Book

About Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also writes for two national health magazines, has launched her own range of healthy Protein Ball Mixes: Fit Mixes, and is the author of Chocolate Everyday.

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