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Fabulous Fruity Recipes: Make Them With Less Added Sugar!

May 6, 2015
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I can still recall my mother going to the local farm stand weekly and bringing home a large basket of fresh fruit that she so superbly made into an array of dishes, some of which were desserts. (We also had some fruit trees in our yard that yielded a nice harvest – depending on how harsh the winter was!) Of course we also ate the fruit whole but the dishes she made with the fruit always disappeared the fastest. Like her divine apple crisp. I can still smell it baking and being unable to wait until we could dig in.

Back then, no one talked about eating too much carbohydrate, but times have changed. With the growing database of scientific nutrition research, more and more attention has been put on what we eat. One focus has been on carbs and, in particular, added sugar.

A Quick Look at Fruit Nutrition

While fruits are extremely nutritious and play a vital role in an overall healthful diet, they also are comprised of a significant amount of energy-producing carbs. However, the carbs in fruit are considered the “good” types of carbs. Fruits may provide fiber as well as other commonly known nutrients (such as vitamin C). Fruit also is a source of compounds called phytochemicals that can contribute to good health. Some researchers estimate there are up to 4,000 phytochemicals that are derived from numerous plant sources, including fruit.

For quite some time, registered dietitians and other health professionals have urged Americans to cut back on their intake of carbs, in the form of added sugars. However, the naturally occurring sugars (fructose) in fruits are different and not usually considered added sugars. That being said it is important to watch out for sugar that can be added to fruit juices and other canned fruits.

Moving On to Fruit-y Recipes

But enough about the health benefits of fruit; let’s have a bit of fun with some delicious fruit-based recipes, recipes that are made with less added sugar (or no sugar) compared to their traditional counterparts. What better place to start than with an awesome apple crisp recipe made with SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener!

Granny’s Apple Crisp uses tart granny smith apples topped with a mixture of oats, crisp rice cereal, cinnamon and orange zest. Thanks to SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated for the sweetness in the topping, I can rank this recipe right up there with my mother’s, but it can be a smarter dessert option since it has no added sugar and a lot less butter (sorry Mom!).

Because apples are available year-round, Waldorf Salad is an easy-to-make fruit dish that is not a dessert. Check out what I had to say about it in a recent blog.

Like apples, bananas are available 12 months of the year so there is nothing stopping you from trying this Light and Dreamy Banana Pudding. This reminds me so much of the “original” recipe, I don’t miss all of the added sugar thanks to SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener.

Who doesn’t love lemon-flavored beverages and desserts? We adore the taste of the lemon but the extreme tartness – not so much. That is why lemon recipes almost always call for a hefty amount of a sweetener to counteract the puckery goodness of the lemon. Did I mention my love for lemon meringue pie? If not, shame on me. This Irresistible-Lemon-Chiffon-Pie says goodbye to the added sugar found in most recipes since it is made with SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener.

Seeing that fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are now available in many locales, I would be remiss in not pointing out a berry, berry delicious pie recipe that calls for all four of these fruits… made in my favorite crust – a graham cracker crust (nope, I am not a huge fan of doughy pie crusts!). This Fresh Berry Pie also replaces sugar with SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated.

While apple crisp is a year-round fruit dessert, any type of peach crisp can be made as well using sliced peaches or frozen sliced peaches (when fresh are not available). This Georgia Peach Melba Crisp recipe omits any table sugar; SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener is used in its place to significantly reduce the added sugar content.

Do keep an eye out for future blogs where we share more recipes made with SPLENDA® Sweetener Products and fruit, and don’t forget…. life is just a bowl of cherries!

For more ideas about using SPLENDA® Sweetener Products and to share your own recipe ideas, please visit SweetSwaps.com. Should you want to substitute SPLENDA® Sweetener Products in your own recipes, here is a handy conversion chart available online that will make it as simple as 1-2-3.

Sue Taylor is a consulting nutritionist with more than 35 years of experience. She is passionate about sharing her nutrition knowledge and fondness for good, healthy food. Sue will put relevant information in consumer terms and provide valuable perspective to clear up misinformation and confusion about nutrition and food safety.
 

cooking and baking with SPLENDA®For more recipe ideas, visit the Cooking & Baking section of this blog.

May 6, 2015  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor, MS  |  IN: Cooking & Baking

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