This post is part of the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS ™ blogger program by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC. and The Motherhood, who sent me products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.
Did you know that Experts recommend that women consume less than 6 teaspoons of added sugar daily, but the average American eats 22.2 teaspoons!!!! Yikes. When I look back at what I eat during the day, I see that I am probably guilt of having way too much sugar. I just love my sweets so much! 🙂 Luckily, I have a solution to this problem. SPLENDA®. A few weeks ago, I wouldn't have even considered SPLENDA®. I had never tried it before but I assumed that because it didn't have the higher calories that it wouldn't taste any good. I was challenged to bake my favorite recipe and replace the sugar with America's No. 1 no-calorie sweetener, SPLENDA®. My go to favorite recipe is Banana Bread so I decided to give it a try.
As part of this challenge I received a selection of SPLENDA® product to try in my recipes. This included:
- Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Packets
- Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
- Splenda No Calorie Sweetener Flavors for Coffee, French Vanilla
- Splenda Sugar Blend*
- Splenda Brown Sugar Blend*
The two Splenda products that I used in my banana bread recipe were the Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated and the Splenda Brown Sugar Blend.
I was completely caught off guard by the Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated. It has almost a weightless powder like texture. The bag was very light compared to sugar. I tasted it before cooking and was surprised to see that it tasted great without any kind of after taste. When baking with Splenda No Calorie Sweetener you measure cup-for-cup just like you would with sugar. The great part, is that it contains 678 calories LESS than sugar on a cup-for cup basis! Wow!
The Splenda Brown Sugar Blend packs into a cup just like traditional brown sugar and is full of delicious sweet flavor. This is a mix of brown sugar and SPLENDA Brand Sweetener. When replacing with Splenda Brown Sugar Blend you use a half of a cup instead of a full cup which gives you half the sugar. The recipe that I use calls for both sugar and brown sugar so I replaced with Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated and the Splenda Brown Sugar Blend. Here is my Banana Bread Recipe. I hope you like it!
Banana Bread Recipe
1. Mix Bananas and sugars until well blended.
2. Add vanilla, softened butter and eggs and mix.
3. Stir in dry ingredients. Your batter will look like the photo below when mixed. Batter may be lumpy.
4. Pour mixture in pan sprayed with cooking spray. I baked mine in a loaf as well as mini loaves. (My mini loaves are actually the Wilton Twinkies pan)
5. Bake loaf at 325 degrees for 50 minutes and mini loafs for 20 minutes. As always, oven temperatures vary so you may need to give or take a few minutes. I love eating my banana bread warm out of the oven but it tastes delicious cold, too.
If you are like me, you spend a lot of time baking holiday treats for family and friends. This Banana Bread recipe is a perfect holiday treat. Wrap it up, tie it with some ribbon and add a gift tag for a beautiful and tasty gift!
I didn't tell my husband that his favorite Banana Bread recipe was made with Splenda. He was very excited to eat some banana bread and gobbled it down, telling me how delicious it was at always. I then broke the news to him that I had replaced all of the sugar with Splenda and he was VERY impressed! Healthy living is very important to him so he was happy to find an option where we could still enjoy some of our holiday treats. There is nothing better than enjoying a slice of banana bread knowing that you made the smart and delicious choice to reduce the added sugar and calories with Splenda Sweetener Products!
For more information or delicious recipes go to www.SPLENDA.com.