Homemade Soda Benefits + Recipe

We’ve all heard it before, the sodas we’ve loved since childhood can cause numerous negative health effects. But did you know it’s super easy to make a healthier soda at home? 

Sodas are typically full of added refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and empty calories. They’re just liquid sugar!

At Nature’s Flavors, we specialize in crafting natural and organic flavoring. So, we’re going to show you how to make a healthier version of this nostalgic beverage. Let’s go over the 3 perks to making your own homemade soda! 

Our Homemade Strawberry Soda is a sweet and refreshing summer treat.

All the Taste, None of the Artificial

When you craft some delicious homemade soda, you get to decide what kind of sugar goes in and how much. Organic cane sugar is unrefined, obtained from sugar cane, and it may be a better option for you than table sugar.

Flavor to Your Liking

Typically when you buy a pack of soda, it’s just one flavor. But when you make your own soda, the flavor can depend on your imagination! But if you want a classic cola, Nature’s Flavors Organic Cola Syrup is made with organic cane sugar and nothing artificial! 

How about a strawberry lime-carbonated drink? Simply combine a strawberry and lime syrup into carbonated water! The only limit is how many flavored syrups you have! And at Nature’s Flavors, we have nearly 100 Flavored Organic Syrups

Or, add a shot of your choice of vodka, for a fizzy cocktail! 

Environmental Friendly

Every time you decide to make your own beverages and food, you are making a sustainable choice! Fast food restaurants require so many disposable products that aren’t necessary if you were eating at home or bring your own lunch. 

Also, homemade sodas require significantly less water to produce compared to mass production. Plus, without the need for aluminum cans, there will be less waste in our landfills. 

Research shows, “Beverage containers typically comprise 40% to 60% of roadside litter in non-deposit states”

So, homemade soda isn’t just a better alternative for your health, but the health of our planet too!

Sum it All Up

Choosing to make your own flavorful fizzy drink is beneficial for you and your family’s health. You get to decide the flavors and the ingredients to use. Plus, it’s better for the environment! 

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Nature’s Flavors Homemade Strawberry Soda

Our Homemade Strawberry Soda is a sweet and refreshing treat without artificial ingredients. Luckily, the measurements for this recipe works for any other Organic Flavored Syrup you may want to use! Here's a tasty tip; mash the berries in the glass before pouring syrup for a mouth-watering berry flavor.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1

Equipment

  • Glass or Sealable Glass Bottle
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Mixing spoon 

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Pour 1 tbsp of Nature's Flavors Organic Strawberry Soda into a glass. (You can add more or less based on your taste preferences.)
  • Pour 1 cup of carbonated water into the glass with syrup.
  • Stir the mixture until combined.
  • Garnish with berries
Keyword all natural, carbonated water, diy, homemade, soda
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Sugar-Free Pumpkin Bread + Caramel Glaze

Sugar-free pumpkin bread with a caramel glaze? You read that correctly! Halloween is fast approaching so we decided to celebrate the occasion with pumpkin bread! This isn’t any ol’ pumpkin bread though, we made this sugar-free AND we added a delicious caramel glaze on top. It’s easy and the perfect treat for the season!

Let’s begin!

Pumpkin Bread

Here is what you’ll need

  • All-purpose flour (2 cups)
  • Ground nutmeg (1 teaspoon)
  • Ground cinnamon (1 teaspoon)
  • Ground cloves (1 teaspoon)
  • Salt (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Baking powder (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Baking soda (1 teaspoon)
  • Unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks, softened)
  • Pure pumpkin (15 oz.)
  • Nature’s Flavors SweetenFX for Beverages (2 cups)
  • Eggs (2 eggs, large)

Begin by preheating your oven to 325°F. Grease a 8 x 4 in. loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. In a mixing bowl, pour 2 cups of flour. Next, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt into your mixture.

Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.

Next, comes the ground cloves! Add 1 teaspoon of ground cloves into your mixture. After adding the ground cloves, add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

Next, add 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg into the mixture. After you’ve poured all of your dry ingredients into your mixing bowl, whisk them all together.

Set the dry ingredients aside and in another mixing bowl, add 1 1/2 sticks of softened butter. Since this pumpkin bread is sugar-free, we added our SweetenFx! Two cups to be exact!

Using an electric mixer, combine the sugar and the butter together. It may still be grainy but that’s okay! Next, add 2 large eggs to the mixture. Beat well!

After the butter and sugar mixture have reached a fluffy consistency, slowly begin to add the pure pumpkin. Next, fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix well!!

Transfer your batter into your prepared loaf pan and place it in the oven for 65-70 minutes.

Caramel Glaze

Here is what you’ll need

  1. Combine the SweetenFX, milk, and Nature’s Flavors Caramel extract in a mixing bowl. Mix with an electric mixer until glaze begins to thicken. 
  2. Once the pumpkin bread cools for about 30 minutes, glaze it with the caramel glaze and enjoy!

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Pumpkin Bread + Caramel Glaze

The perfect sugar-free pumpkin bread for the season! We paired it with a delicious caramel glaze!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 2 Loaves

Equipment

  • Whisk
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Mixing bowls (2)
  • Electric Mixer 
  • Loaf pan
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1 1/2 sticks Unsalted butter, softened
  • 15 ounces Pure pumpkin
  • 2 cups Nature's Flavors SweetenFX for Beverages
  • 2 Eggs

Caramel Glaze

  • 2 cups Nature's Flavors SweetenFX for Baking
  • 5 tablespoons Milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon Nature's Flavors Organic Caramel Extract

Instructions
 

Pumpkin Bread

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 325°F. Grease a 8 x 4 in. loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, add 2 cups of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • Next, comes the ground cloves! Add 1 teaspoon of ground cloves, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg. Whisk them all together.
  • Set the dry ingredients aside and in another mixing bowl, add 1 1/2 sticks of softened butter and 2 cups of SweetenFX. 
  • Using an electric mixer, combine the sugar and the butter together. It may still be grainy but that's okay! 
  • Add 2 large eggs to the mixture. Beat well!
  • After the butter and sugar mixture have reached a fluffy consistency, slowly begin to add the pure pumpkin.
  • Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix well!!
  • Transfer your batter into your prepared loaf pan and place it in the oven for 65-70 minutes.

Caramel Glaze

  • Combine the SweetenFX, milk, and Nature’s Flavors Caramel extract in a mixing bowl. Mix with an electric mixer until glaze begins to thicken. 
  • Once the pumpkin bread cools for about 30 minutes, glaze it with the caramel glaze and enjoy!
Keyword autumn, bread, easy, fall, halloween, pumpkin, recipe
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pumpkin pie chia pudding in a white bowl

Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

We know Fall hasn’t technically started yet but the team at Nature’s Flavors is ready! We’re kicking off our fall recipes with this fiber rich Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding! Chia seeds are amazing for your body and they make a delicious pudding. We used our Pumpkin Pie Flavor Concentrate to give it that autumn feel. Let’s begin!

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Recipe Breakdown

We’ll begin with 2 ½ cups of of milk. We used almond milk but feel free to use any milk or milk alternative you’d like. Soy, rice, hemp, oat, banana, the possibilities are endless! We found that using 2 ½ cups of almond milk gave us the best consistency in the end.

milk being poured into a mixing bowl

We then added ½ cup of chia seeds into the almond milk. Remember to stir using a whisk! You want to make sure that the chia seeds are fully incorporated into the milk.

chia seeds being poured into a mixing bowl

After you’ve mixed the milk and chia seeds together, add in ½ teaspoon of Nature’s Flavors Pumpkin Pie concentrate. A little goes a VERY long way! We recommend starting with smaller quantities because you can always add more.

a hand showcasing nature's flavors  organic pumpkin pie flavor concentrate

Resist the urge to add more!

Pumpkin pie concentrate being poured into a mixing bowl

We also added ½ teaspoon of Nature’s Flavors Vanilla Extract to our chia pudding. The same rule applies here, a little goes a long way!

a hand showcasing Nature's Flavors Organic Vanilla Extract

We offer many types of vanilla extracts, oils, and concentrates! You can find more of them here!

nature's flavors vanilla extract being poured into a mixing bowl

Mix, mix, mix!

a hand whisking

Once you’ve mixed all of your ingredients together, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to set. Allow the chia seeds to soak for 4-5 hours. It’s crucial you use a sweetener with this recipe because the sweetener is what will tie all of these delicious flavors together. We used agave but you can use any sweetener you’d like!

agave being poured onto a mixing bowl

We added cinnamon to our pumpkin pie chia pudding because we love the flavors of autumn. You can use as much as you’d like, it’s really about preference.

cinnamon being sprinkled onto a bowl

Mix it all together!

a hand whisking chia pudding and cinnamon together

We hope you enjoyed this pumpkin pie chia pudding!

a hand showcasing chia pudding with a spoon

That’s a wrap!

We hope you enjoyed our first fall recipe of 2020! We cannot wait to bring you more fall inspired recipes. If there’s something you’d like us to make, feel free to reach out to us. We hope to hear from you!

pumpkin pie chia pudding in a white bowl

Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

The perfect fall breakfast, Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding! It’s not only delicious but healthy and easy to make too!
Prep Time 15 mins
Chill Time 5 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 3

Equipment

  • Whisk
  • Mixing bowl
  • Plastic wrap
  • Refrigerator
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl, add 2 ½ cups of almond milk. You can use any milk you’d like. 
  • Next, add in ½ cup of chia seeds and mix. 
  • Add ½ teaspoon of Nature’s Flavors Organic Pumpkin Pie Extract and ½ teaspoon of Nature’s Flavors Organic Vanilla Extract. Mix well. 
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the chia pudding to set for 4-5 hours. 
  • Add in 3-5 tablespoons of your preferred sweetener. 
  • Top it off with cinnamon if you’d like! Enjoy!

Notes

  • You don’t have to use almond milk, you can use any type of milk you’d like.
  • Don’t go over ½ teaspoon of flavoring!
  • Cinnamon is not required but it sure makes a difference and gives you those fall feels.
Keyword all natural, autumn, breakfast, chia, easy, fall, pie, pudding, pumpkin, vanilla
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