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I love the holidays. I love the twinkling lights, the parties,the excitement of my nieces and nephew every time they glimpse a new present under the tree…and I especially love the food! Each year, when the holidays roll around, my family starts baking like mad. Pies, candies, cookies, cakes – the sky is the limit when it comes to the sweet treats we come up with! Unfortunately, the sky is the limit on the amount of weight we can gain as well! As you may recall from posts I’ve written over the last few years, I have made a concentrated effort on eating better and one of the biggest changes in my diet has been cutting out the excess sugar. For the last two years, I’ve made plenty of sweets during the holidays, but I’ve actually eaten very little myself. Because you know, all of that sugar!
I hardly eat ANY sugar anymore! Not in my coffee, or tea, or on top of my oatmeal…it kind of stinks. I save it all up for when I bake, and even then, I feel guilty if I eat very much of it. I really miss my sweets.
When I was asked to come up with a recipe and to swap out the sugar for SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, I had a bit of a light bulb moment! The result was this Orange Cranberry Bread Recipe, in which I swapped out the regular sugar and the brown sugar for SPLENDA® granulated sweetener and brown sugar blend.
This is one of my favorite holiday recipes because it’s light and flavorful and I just love cranberries during the holiday season! It’s been a few years since I’ve made it, because each serving contains so much sugar. Swapping out the sugar for SPLENDA® Sweetener Products was the perfect way to make this Orange Cranberry Bread recipe more of a smarter choice.
Did you know that the average American eats more than 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day? It might seem like a crazy figure, but it’s true! That’s more then triple the daily recommended amount for women and double the recommended amount for men.
That’s why the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS™ Initiative is so important! The SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS™ Initiative is all about making smarter choices for healthier living, and promotes replacing added dietary sugar with SPLENDA® Sweetener Products and making small, easy lifestyle changes that can lead to big results over time. That’s a program I can get behind – small, gradual changes are easier to make and so much easier to stick to!
Orange Cranberry Bread Recipe
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- non-stick baking spray with flour
- ¾ cup SPLENDA granulated
- ¼ cup SPLENDA Brown Sugar Blend
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 stick cold butter, cut into small pieces
- ¾ cup fresh orange juice
- 1 15 ounce can of Mandarin oranges, drained thoroughly
- 1 egg
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray with flour. You can use PAM or Baker's Joy.
- Combine the flour, SPLENDAs, salt, baking soda and butter in a stand mixer or large bowl and beat until you have fine crumbs. This will take a while!
- Add the orange juice and egg and beat on low speed until the mixture is just combined.
- Add Mandarin oranges and cranberries and stir by hand.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 5 minutes. Rotate the pan halfway through the cooking time to insure even cooking.
- Let it cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting or it will fall apart!
You can use SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener just about everywhere that you would use sugar. As part of the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS™ Initiative, SPLENDA® is sharing 365 ways to swap sugar for SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. Visit www.365SweetSwaps.com for tips and recipes to help you say goodbye to added sugar and save those calories!
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Baking with SPLENDA Tip
Baked goods made with SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated may bake more quickly than those made with sugar. I’ve adjusted the cooking time on this recipe to account for the substitution, but keep this in mind when using SPLENDA for other baked goods recipes.
Cakes: Check 7-10 minutes before the original recipe’s expected bake time. Cookies, brownies and quick breads: Check 3-5 minutes before the original recipe’s expected bake time.
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