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I got a big wakeup call this past winter. My doctor said that if I didn’t take better care of myself, I was finally going to be diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, as my A1C was right borderline diabetic range. This is something I’ve been trying to avoid for a while, but it was getting beyond my control. My father has Type 2 Diabetes and my mother has been able to lose weight so she has a safe A1C. My teenage son has Type 1 Diabetes (which is quite different than Type 2, but still means that he needs to control his blood sugar). I had Gestational Diabetes during my last pregnancy 9 years ago and I do not want to go back to taking insulin. I needed to commit to really changing things. One of my changes is that I’ve replaced sugar in my baking and cooking with SPLENDA® and SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia as my sweetener. The no-calorie sweetener in SPLENDA® Sweetener products, including SPLENDA® original (yellow) and SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia, does not impact blood sugar levels. Sugar does! Read on to see what I’ve done for my health and to get my Lightened Up Zucchini Bread (3 WW SP on blue) recipe. Why SPLENDA is My Go-To Sweetener + 2 WW Smart Points Zucchini Bread Recipe
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For me, the threat of Type 2 Diabetes meant that I had to cut down on all sugars. So what I’ve done is to use SPLENDA® as well as SPLENDA®Naturals Stevia when I create in my kitchen. Did you know that SPLENDA has zero calories? So instead of adding any sugar, I now use SPLENDA instead. For me, this helps me save calories and lose weight. With my son’s Type 1 Diabetes, I use SPLENDA or SPLENDA®Naturals Stevia so the zero sugar sweetener will not spike his blood sugar. We both get sweetness, but SPLENDA is zero sugar! I definitely call that a win/win!
Will you be hungrier if you use a low-calorie sweetener? Research proves that low-calorie sweeteners do not increase hunger, appetite for sweet foods, or result in overeating, weight gain, or obesity.
Because I’m now following WW (Weight Watchers) and using their Smart Points System to make better choices for myself, I decided to tackle making a sugar-free and no oil zucchini bread.
3 cups all-purpose flour or use white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1.5 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 cup no sugar-added applesauce
2 cups SPLENDA or SPLENDA NATURALS STEVIA
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini (which is 3 small zucchini or 2 medium sized zucchini)
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Use cooking spray on either one 9 x 13 glass pan or two 8 x 8 inch pans.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
Grate zucchini and blot out some of the moisture with a paper towel.
Mix flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and SPLENDA NATURALS STEVIA or SPLENDA together in a large bowl. I did cut down the sweetener for this recipe, but you can do a 1:1 swap out for sugar with SPLENDA.
I used a corded hand mixer to really get this beaten well.
Add dry ingredients to the liquid mixture, and beat well.
Stir in zucchini and nuts until well- mixed.
Pour batter into pan. I like to use a pyrex pan.
Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until an inserted knife in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan and cut into 24 pieces.
Lightened Up Zucchini Bread
- 3 cups all-purpose flour or use white whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1.5 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup no sugar-added applesauce
- 2 cups SPLENDA or SPLENDA NATURALS STEVIA
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups grated zucchini which is 3 small zucchini or 2 medium sized zucchini
- 1 cup chopped walnuts optional
- Cooking Spray
- Use cooking spray on either one 9 x 13 glass pan or two 8 x 8 inch pans.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
- Grate zucchini and blot out some of the moisture with a paper towel
- Mix flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
- Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and SPLENDA NATURALS STEVIA or SPLENDA together in a large bowl. I did cut down the sweetener for this recipe, but you can do a 1:1 swap out for sugar with SPLENDA.
- I used a corded mixer to really get this beaten well.
- Add dry ingredients to the liquid mixture, and beat well.
- Stir in zucchini and nuts until well- mixed.
- Pour batter into pan. I like to use a pyrex pan.
- Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until an inserted knife in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan and cut into 24 pieces.
Each piece is 3 WW Smart Points (13 carbs per slice).
You can find SPLENDA in any grocery or big box store or online at https://www.splenda.com/.
- Magnuson BA et al. Biological fate of low-calorie sweeteners. Nutr Rev, 2016; 74:670-
Buy Splenda with Stevia here: https://amzn.to/2MvCuxa
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Papa Jim says
I’ve been making banana bread (two loaves) with stone ground flour, almond flour, flax seed, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 and 1/2 cups Splenda, zucchini and blueberries. 1 slice for breakfast spikes my blood sugar (e.g., 150 before breakfast, 200 two hours later). Anyone know what I’m doing wrong?
The Mama Maven says
Do you have Type 1 or Type 2?
Papa Jim says
The Mama Maven says
I would actually speak to your doctor or diabetic educator. Are you on insulin? My son is Type 1 and on insulin and he always goes high in the morning AND when he has any kind of white flour, rice, or pasta (even whole wheat). It could be the stone ground flour or the brown sugar making you spike. The splenda, almond flour, and blueberries should not make you spike. I am pre-diabetic/borderline type 2 and I am controlled by medication. My father is Type 2 and also controlled by medication and doesn’t really spike. My son (the type 1) wears a Dexcom and I see his numbers constantly.
Mother of 3 says
That looks yummy! I have been wanting to make some zucchini bread for myself but wasn’t sure how to go about making it more WW friendly. Pinned.