Splenda 365 #Sweetswaps
I absolutely love to bake. I love to eat the things I bake. What I don’t like is eating all of the things I bake because although they taste good, the ingredients aren’t always the healthiest. I try to modify recipes when I can, and sometimes they turn out better than other times. But now I am learning a few new things, thanks to Splenda 365 Sweet Swaps!
Did you know that the average American eats 22.2 teaspoons of added sugar daily? The recommended amount for women is less than 6 teaspoons a day. Splenda wants to help folks make small and easy lifestyle changes that can lead to noticeable results over time. The Splenda brand is presenting 365 ways to swap sugar for SPLENDA Sweetener Products! I’m on board – how about you?
I have used Splenda before, but had never cooked with it. I mostly used it on cereal, or to sweeten my coffee. I was asked to participate in the Splenda 365 Sweet Swaps program to see what I could come up with by using Splenda products in place of regular sugar. This sounded like a fun challenge, and I must say, my creation was quite popular with my family!
A little about Splenda, in case you aren’t familiar with it:
Splenda Brand Sweeter isn’t sugar, but it is made from a process that begins with sugar, but is converted to a non-carb and no calorie sweetener. The great thing about this process is that it tastes like sugar, but without the calories of sugar. It also keeps its sweet taste when used in baking and cooking.
I received a variety of Splenda products for baking, including regular Splenda, Sugar Blend and Brown Sugar Blend. I was impressed that they come in large packages that are perfect for baking. The Sugar Blend is made from Splenda Brand Sweetener and pure sugar, and the Brown Sugar Blend is Splenda Brand Sweetener and real brown sugar. Of course when baking with these, you will need to determine the conversions for cooking with Splenda before starting.
Swedish Pancakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Filling
1/2 cup butter (melted)
2 cups 2% milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1/8 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp Splenda Sugar Blend
1 8 oz block cream or mascarpone cheese
1 Tbsp. Splenda Sugar Blend
Juice from one lemon
Fresh strawberries, or other topping of your choice
Mix the milk, eggs, vanilla and butter. In separate bowl, mix flour, 1 Tbsp. Splenda Sugar Blend, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the milk mixture and whisk until smooth.
Heat an 8″ non-stick skillet (or regular skillet with a bit of cooking spray), over medium heat and add about 3 Tbsp. batter. Swirl batter around skillet until bottom is coated. Cook until top of pancake no longer looks wet (or when bubbles form) and flip using a small spatula. Remove from pan, and begin making the next pancake. These cook really quickly!
These turned out SO good! I honestly cannot see any good reason to use regular sugar in this recipe, and I assume the same would apply to many other recipes. I love that I can enjoy tasty food but with less sugar added. I will be using Splenda much more often now, and I cannot wait to try the Brown Sugar blend (I have some great ideas for this!).
It is important to keep in mind that sometimes the Splenda products may change the way baked goods appear, compared to regular sugar (but rest assured, they will still taste delicious!). For instance, with cakes and some breads, they may not rise as high. Speaking of bread, it is suggested for recipes using yeast, that you add a bit of sugar or honey, as the granulated Splenda No Calorie Sweetener doesn’t have enough carbohydrate to activate yeast. When you cream butter, eggs, etc. with Splenda, it might not be as smooth as it is with sugar, but that is normal – just follow the directions as you normally would. Also worth noting is that bake times are sometimes quicker with Splenda products. You can read all of the Splenda cooking and baking tips here.
How about you – do you have a recipe that uses one of the above Splenda products? If so, you can submit your recipe on the Splenda 365 Sweet Swaps Tumblr site. I would love to see what you come up with, or have made in the past.
*This post is part of the SPLENDA 365 Sweet Swaps Blogger Program by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC and The Motherhood, who sent me products and compensation for my time. All opinions, thoughts and photos are my own.