Splenda and Baking

By AllieCat55 Latest Reply 2013-12-20 17:31:31 -0600
Started 2013-12-19 10:20:44 -0600

It's that time of year that I enjoy baking and giving gifts of homemade goodies. It is also that time of year where I miss eating some of those goodies. Based on the splenda package it says you can use it cup for cup compared to sugar. Is that true?? Does using splenda impact the integrity of baked goodies? Anybody have good cookie, fudge, etc. recipes using splenda?

6 replies

Type1Lou 2013-12-20 17:31:31 -0600 Report

I've used Splenda quite successfully. It works great in custards, puddings and cheesecakes. Cakes made with all Splenda instead of sugar won't rise as high as cakes made with sugar. Using the Splenda Blends which include some real sugar might help there…but why pay a premium for a product when I can mix the Splenda and sugar myself? I feel that most cookies require a bit of real sugar to get the proper texture. When I make fruit pies, I substitute 3/4 of the sugar called for in the recipe with Splenda and use 1/4 as sugar. Truvia is as processed a product as Splenda, so any safety concerns will also be true for Truvia and, personally, I find Truvia leaves an unpleasant aftertaste in my mouth.

tabby9146 2013-12-20 12:08:34 -0600 Report

there is new research out now, just read an article the other day, about cooking with Splenda releases toxic chemicals or something, very bad anyway, even if it did not say that word, and I am SO glad that if this is indeed true, that I hardly ever baked with it. A few yrs ago I did, twice and the things did taste good but I just try to stay away from all artificial sweeteners. Splenda was the one thing I sometimes used in the past, only at restaurants to put in my unsweet tea, and on rare occasions at home, but I don't even do that anymore. Just don't thnk I can trust them.

Glucerna 2013-12-19 13:52:15 -0600 Report

I've had the most success baking with sugar substitutes when I use recipes from their website. For example, go to www.splenda.com and click on 'recipes/cooking'. Their website states we can use 1 cup of Splenda instead of 1 cup of sugar in baking. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-19 13:25:39 -0600 Report

I tried something with splenda and it was awful. If I bake something as a gift, I use sugar. My neighbor asked for some of my sugar free cookies and she gave one to her son who is a year old. The cookies were made with splenda and it made him sick. I actually told her not to give it to him because kids may not be able to process artificial sweeteners as adults do. Since I know my family will share their homemade baked goods with the kids in the family, I won't make baked goods that I am giving away with anything but sugar.

I also read that you should never use any kind of artificial sweetener with sweet potatoes because it has an adverse effect on the sweet potatoes. I tried artificial sweetener with a little sweet potato and it totally changed the taste and texture of the potato.

jaydoubleyou23 2013-12-19 11:40:32 -0600 Report

I wouldn't use splenda to be honest with you. I would use maybe truvia or stevia if you were to just replace sugar mostly because Splenda is very harmful to your health. And stevia and truvia taste amazing! :) Very good alternative.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-19 13:29:52 -0600 Report

A friend made me a treat of homemade sugar cookies last year. She made them with Stevia. She made me cup cakes for my birthday with truvia. I tasted them in front of her. When she left my house I dumped them in the garbage. Both of those make me really sick to my stomach so I won't go near it. I have diabetic friends who can't use it either. This is why I never substitute sugar for sweeteners when I make homemade sweets for friends and family. I don't want to make them sick because I know they don't use splenda, truvia or stevia.

Splenda is not good for baking. I have had something made with the Splenda baking blend which wasn't too bad.