How much sugar do you consume each day? Even without dessert, those sugar calories can add up in beverages and pre-packaged foods. Consequently, most of us here in the US get a whole lot more sugar than we need.
Splenda challenged me to make a “Sweet Swap” and use one of their products in place of regular sugar in a recipes. They’ve got a big selection of Sweet Swap recipes online, but I chose to use one of my own.
With Splenda Brown Sugar Blend, I can easily cut back on sugar. This is a blend of light brown sugar and Splenda that tastes and behaves like regular brown sugar. They have a conversion chart to show how to substitute it in recipes, but it’s easy to do the math in my head. I use half as much of the Splenda Brown Sugar Blend as I would regular brown sugar. I’ve used it in a variety of recipes, and it always works out well.
Homemade baked beans are a tasty side dish to eat at home or take to a picnic or potluck. There are no animal products in it, so the beans can be enjoyed by vegetarians and vegans. Since I made a Sweet Swap with the Splenda Brown Sugar Blend, it has delicious brown sugar flavor even though it has less sugar!
Vegetarian Brown Sugar Baked Beans
2 T Olive Oil
1/2 Medium Onion, chopped
3 15 oz. Cans of Beans (I used 2 Pinto Beans & 1 Black Beans)
1/3 cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend (equivalent to 2/3 cup Brown Sugar)
1/3 cup Cider Vinegar
1 T Dijon or Brown Mustard
1 t Salt
1/2 t Black Pepper
Heat oil in the bottom of a sauce pan. Add onions and saute for a couple of minutes until translucent.
Add all other ingredients to the pan.
Bring to a boil and then reduce to a low heat setting.
Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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