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Aera 10-23-2007 10:35 AM

Baking with Splenda
I am looking to make an all complex carb muffin. I pretty much have it down except for the sugar. I have Splenda and it says it's great for baking and measures just like regular sugar. But, I also read on the box that some adjustments might be needed if the sugar in the recipe is being used to do more than just sweeten, such as browning and adding volume.

In this case it's not for browning, but I am not sure if the sugar in the recipe is used for adding volume. The original recipe I am using has banana(I will be using apple) in it which would make it sweet enough without the sugar so it's possible sugar might be needed for the volume? It's 1/2 cup sugar with 1 cup flour if that is any indicator. I would like if I didn't even have to use the Splenda but am too chicken to try the recipe without any sugar. If it's possible to do that, that would be ideal.

Yakuta 10-23-2007 10:47 AM

I have made Biscotti's with Splenda but never muffins. As far as measuring goes I never made or heard of any adjustments and I just used it per instructions on the Splenda box (so if a recipe had a cup of sugar I replaced it with a cup of Splenda per the box). The biscotti's did not brown much but turned out great. I had nuts in the biscotti and some dried fruit as well but I maintained the sugar ratio.

I would say stick to the sugar ratio rather than substituting or changing measurements. Baking is a science so if you change too much (like add banana and apple to counterbalance sugar and splenda) you may not get the desired outcome. If you have cycles to go through trial and error you an do that but don't expect perfection the first time if you tweak things too much.

Uncle Bob 10-23-2007 10:55 AM

I've made banana nut bread three times using Splenda. First time it was ok. Next two fantastic. I didn't make any adjustments. I just used the amount the recipe called for.


Aera 10-23-2007 11:06 AM

Thanks a lot Yakuta and Uncle Bob. So I will go ahead and give it a try using the Splenda as I would regular sugar.

Caine 10-24-2007 12:41 PM

One thing you need to be aware of when baking with Splenda. Sometimes, quite often in fact, you will experience an adverse chemical reaction between the Splenda and your eggs, so instead of beating the Splenda into the eggs and/or butter like you would sugar, mix the Splenda into the dry ingredients.

AZtallgirl 12-01-2007 06:58 PM

I have used Splenda granular in many recipes, including muffins, cakes, etc. I have noticed that replacing all the sugar with Splenda usually produces more dense and smaller muffins, which also may tend to bake a little more quickly than expected. If you experience problems like this with your recipe, you might want to replace just half the sugar with Splenda and see how that works. For foods that don't need to rise in the oven, like fruit pies, I have substituted with all Splenda and they turned out okay, though some people are can detect an aftertaste. Good luck! :smile:

babetoo 12-17-2007 06:17 PM

i am always playing with recipes to replace the sugar with splenda.

made one today that did not work. think it needed the volume of sugar.
it was a scotties bar similar to blonde brownies.

it did not rise at all. were supposed to be sliced into bars. flat and broke apart. tasted great but sure looked funky.

many times when i do this the recipe turns out fine.


QSis 12-17-2007 07:03 PM


Originally Posted by AZtallgirl (Post 515394)
I have substituted with all Splenda and they turned out okay, though some people are can detect an aftertaste. Good luck! :smile:

My mother bakes with Splenda for my diabetic aunt. I think her Splenda stuff tastes sweeter than her sugar stuff, and not in a good way.

Maybe it's the aftertaste? Kind of like saccharin tasted, when I was a child.


VeraBlue 12-17-2007 07:31 PM

I only tried baking with splenda once. I made a pumpkin nut loaf, substituting the sugar with splenda. It barely rose, and was very heavy.

That was enough experimentation for me. I believe many people have great results; but I also understand some tweaking may be involved.

Corey123 01-02-2008 08:14 AM

I'm too afraid to try this for baking, as for fear that it might not work properly and the food might taste too much like medicine!

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