When possible, I love to just use fruit to sweeten things - raisins and dates work well when needed; sometimes bananas or mangoes are sweet enough. (Puree soaked dates with some vanilla and a touch of salt, and you get a wonderful "caramel" dip for fruit slices!)
We used agave for a while, but then I started reading that it's not quite so good for you, and people are now recommending staying away from it.
I used to have a stevia plant, and loved to use it's leaves -- but I've never done the processed forms you buy in the store: the liquids or powders. I feel like if it's been removed from it's natural state, you're moving a step away from the clean, natural eating. So, when that's going on, it's up to you how strict you want to be with your eating style :)
This past month, we've done some experimenting with xylitol. Tastewise, we loved it - and we even made a Paleo chocolate coconut cake with butter pecan icing... so it worked well for baking! But we agreed that it seemed to trigger sugar cravings in both of us, and so we're planning to try to get away from this item, and just return to using fruit as much as possible.
Though, when needed, xylitol is the one we would choose, if fruit just won't cut it :)
| Pounds lost: 3.0