How to enjoy your favourite sweet treats while managing your health


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How to enjoy your favourite sweet treats while managing your waistline.

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Anyone who knows me knows that I love to bake. In fact, I love to bake a little too much because as we know when you bake you also tend to eat, and who can really eat that much cake, cookies or banana bread without suffering the consequences?! And this is the simple reason that I have partnered with the Whole Earth Sweetener CoTM to bring you a fantastic new baking product that will help you to keep enjoying your favourite baked treats, without all the calories.

Whole Earth Sweetener Co has developed a unique product, Baking Blend, that combines Raw sugar with stevia plant extract, a natural sweetener found in a plant species native to South America called ‘stevia rebaudiana bertoni’.  The Baking Blend offers the taste, texture and baking properties of regular sugar, but with 50% less calories because you only need to use half the amount. For keen bakers like me, it means that the Whole Earth Baking Blend gives us the best of both worlds – a product that still tastes good and bakes well for all my favourite cookies, muffins and banana bread with less sugar. In today’s health focused environment where most of us are trying to reduce our sugar intake, this really is a great balance. It’s perfect for those looking to cut down on their sugar consumption but are not yet ready to move to a completely sugar free option.

Being able to utilise a sweetener blend that still gives the sweet taste and texture our baked goods need minus a significant number of calories – we are on the right track, especially for weight control.

Reduced calorie and sugar alternatives are not only useful for baking – they’re great for anyone who enjoys smoothies, sugar in their tea or coffee, or a touch of sweetness in Greek yoghurt. Utilising a sweetener blend that mixes a natural sweetener with sugar itself again strikes a balance between flavour and calorie load. They are incredibly easy to incorporate in to everyday life and can be used across a whole variety of recipes and foods. 

It is true that people have been put off sweeteners in the past as they haven’t understood conversion rates when trying to substitute it for sugar. It really is very simple and Whole Earth Sweetener Co. has made it easy to use, with exceptionally helpful assistance on packaging. Just a half cup of Whole Earth Sweetener Co Baking blend replaces a full cup of sugar.

Natural sweetener blends represent an excellent alternative not only because they offer a natural option but they do not give the bitter aftertaste that a number of sweeteners give, which many people find off-putting. Whole Earth Sweetener Co. Baking blend is a good option in general – it can be used anywhere you use sugar in baking recipes, while letting go of 50% of the calories from sugar 

So if you are like me and enjoy a bake, watch out for my recipes that show how simple it is to substitute sugar for a 50% less sugar alternative (see me cooking one of my recipes, my Oaty Fruit Pancakes on Studio 10 below!). I have utilised Whole Earth Sweetener Co. Baking Blend to lower the calorie and sugar load of many of my old favourite recipes. 

It is the first time I have used a lower sugar option in my baking and I am pleasantly surprised with how well my recipes are turning out. 

Recipe: My Oaty Fruit Pancakes.

Serves 4-6

Nutritional:  510cal | 22g protein | 8g fat | 92g carbs | 18g sugars | 7g fibre

Ingredients

2 cups mixed cereal (oats, Weetbix, granola)

4 tbsp. Whole Earth Baking Mix

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. vanilla

2 cups flour

2 cups milk

4 eggs

1 tbsp. olive oil (for cooking)

1 cup mixed fruit such as berries or mashed banana

Method

1. Combine dry ingredients.

2. Mix with mixed wet ingredients.

3. Add fruit.

4. Heat pan to medium, wet plan with olive oil. Spoon 2-3 tbsp. mixture and cook each side for 2-3 minutes then flip.

5. Serve with ricotta or a little syrup or Greek yoghurt.

Susie has partnered with the Whole Earth Sweetener Co. for this post. All thoughts and opinions are her own. For more information on the Whole Earth Sweetener Co. and their products, click here.

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