Decorating "Sanding Sugar"
Did you know... you can color Truvia? The result is nearly identical to traditional Sanding Sugars. I have never seen any "sugar-free", "carb free" sprinkles so this DIY version seems to be the only option!
All you do is add 1 (one) drop of food coloring to 1 tablespoon of Truvia and mix it around with a fork or small whisk until it is completely combined. You can even use your fingers to break up the small clumps and distribute the color evenly. It is ready to use immediately or can be stores in a sealed container for future use. I used traditional food colorings and natural food coloring (India Tree) in the pictures, there was no difference in the quality of the colors. Some keto centers do not allow artificial food coloring, so ask about using a natural version. (I personally would recommend the natural colors over the artificial anyway). The India Tree colors are vegetable based food colorings and should be accounted for in ketogenic recipes.
One tablespoon of the colored Truvia is enough to decorate an entire batch of cupcakes or cookies. You only need a tiny pinch to put on the top of each to make a VERY happy keto kid. You should calculate Truvia into a meal plan if needed.
A few notes...
Truvia contains Erythritol which is a sugar alcohol... some people are very sensitive to sugar alcohols on the diet. Do not use Truvia if you are told to avoid sugar alcohols!
You can also color powdered Splenda! It is not as "crystal-like", more of a powdery look to it, but I think it would work just as well. You can see the comparison of Truvia and Splenda in this picture (Truvia on the bottom, Splenda on the top). I have not tried baking with this, so I'm not sure if it would last...
Like regular sanding sugars, the sprinkles will melt into very wet icing. It sits on top of ketogenic buttercream icing wonderfully, however it will melt into whipped cream pretty quickly, so put the sprinkles on at the last-minute before serving.
Read more about Truvia from their site, click here
Don't go crazy with this, save it for really special occasions! I hope this helps make keto birthdays and holidays a little more special.