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Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread and Splenda Giveaway

by Laura

Banana bread is a staple in my house and I recently decided to give my go to recipe a slight make over with the addition of a chocolate swirl. Bananas and chocolate go so well together.  I also tried the recipe out with  SPLENDA® ESSENTIALSTM No Calorie Sweetener in place of the sugar. I used their new sweetener that has 1 gram of fiber per teaspoon.  You use the exact same amount of  SPLENDA® as sugar.

They also now have SPLENDA®with vitamin B  or antioxidants.  The SPLENDA® with vitamin B has 20% of the daily value of vitamins B1 (thiamin), B5 (pantothenic acid), and B6, per packet.  The SPLENDA® with antioxidants has 20% of the daily value of vitamins C and E, per packet.
With  SPLENDA® you can get a sweet fix with out the calories.  SPLENDA® has 0 calories in 1 tsp.
There are a few tips though for using SPLENDA® and I used these when baking the banana bread:

  • When creaming butter or margarine with SPLENDA® Granulated Sweetener, your mixture will appear less smooth than it would with sugar, and may separate upon the addition of eggs. No worries -this is completely normal. Just continue following the recipe instructions.
  • In the baking process, sugar caramelizes to produce the familiar golden brown color of baked goods. Baked goods made with little or no sugar do not brown like recipes made with sugar. To help achieve a more golden brown color when baking with SPLENDA® Granulated Sweetener, lightly spray the batter or dough with cooking spray just before placing in the oven.
  • Your baked goods made with SPLENDA® Granulated Sweetener may bake more quickly than those made with sugar.
    Cakes: Check 7-10 minutes before the original recipe’s expected bake time.
    Cookies, brownies and quick breads: Check 3-5 minutes before the original recipe’s expected bake time.
I also have a giveaway to go along with the recipe today.  SPLENDA® has provided a gift pack for one lucky reader.  The prize package includes:

  • One (1) SPLENDA® ESSENTIALSTM No Calorie Sweetener with B Vitamins
  • One (1) SPLENDA® ESSENTIALSTM No Calorie Sweetener, 1 gram of Fiber packets
  • One (1) SPLENDA® ESSENTIALSTM No Calorie Sweetener, 1 gram of Fiber granulated
  • One (1) SPLENDA® ESSENTIALSTM No Calorie Sweetener to-go mug
  • One (1) Splenda-yellow blender
  • Two (2) Splenda-yellow bowls
  • One (1) Splenda-yellow fruit juicer
To enter, leave a comment on this post leave a comment about an“essential” healthy living tip you have.  Also, “like” the SPLENDA® Sweetener Products Facebook page, then leave a comment here letting me know that you did and get another entry.  You have until Tuesday Sept 20 at 10 (MST) to enter.
SPLENDA® also has a sweepstakes going on via the Facebook Essentials tab.  Visit the Splenda Brand Facebook page and click on the new ESSENTIALS tab, you can request a free sample of the new Splenda Essentials product and share with other users what’s ‘essential’ to them.  By doing so, consumers will be entered for a chance to win a travel mug with a $25 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card! Three lucky winners will be announced each day— but that’s not all. For every 10,000 sample requests received, the Splenda team will give away a $1,000 Visa gift card!
Also, be sure to join me for the SPLENDA® ESSENTIALSTM No Calorie Sweetener Products Twitter party on Tuesday, September 13 from 9-11pm ET.  All the info about the party can be found at Mom It Forward.

 

Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread

  • ½ cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar or SPLENDA®
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
    1. Place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave at 15 second intervals, stirring each time,  until smooth and melted.  Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, cream sugar or SPLENDA®  with the butter. Beat in eggs one at a time.
    3. Add bananas, milk, and lemon juice to the mixture and blend together.
    4. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to wet mixture and stir until just combined.
    5. Remove 1 cup of the banana bread batter and mix in with the melted chocolate.  Stir until well combined.
    6. Grease a large 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch  loaf pan. Spoon chocolate batter alternately with plain batter into an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan. Swirl batters together using a knife. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Recipe adapted from my previously posted Banana Bread recipe.
Splenda compensated me for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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71 comments

Debbie jackson September 24, 2011 - 6:00 pm

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Debbie jackson September 24, 2011 - 5:59 pm

drink lots of water is my tip

Vikki September 19, 2011 - 11:19 pm

I liked Splenda on facebook

Vikki September 19, 2011 - 11:16 pm

My top tips for healthy choices are drink plenty of water. Since tap water isn’t the best tasting stuff in the world I use these two tips to help. First I use a water filter, the kind on the faucets are reasonable priced and easily available filters make it my choice. Would love to have one of the big under the sink filters but at this time not affordable. The second thing I like to do, is fill a big preferable glass pitcher 3/4 full the add peeled sliced cucumbers, lemon rings or frozen berries. Cover and store in the back of the fridge over night. The next morning remove the add ins pour into a ice fill glass and enjoy. The cucumber is very refreshing and by far my favorite.
My second tip is to eat a cup of yogurt every day. This helps with digestion, adds calcium and even helps with the complexion.. a plus thought I’d personally eat it everyday just because I like it. I prefer homemade but store bought works in a pinch. I like to add a few berries, a sprinkle of splenda (diabetic so no sugar or honey for me) and a bit of homemade granola.
thank you for the give away, hope I’m entered

Heather C September 16, 2011 - 7:37 pm

After having just lost 140lbs my family has really cut down on the sugar in our house and gave up soda all in all. I can’t believe how much I money and calories I wasted on soda. But eat a lot of fresh meats, veggies, and fruit.

Julie L September 16, 2011 - 10:46 am

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Julie L September 16, 2011 - 10:45 am

drink water and have plenty of vegetables /fruit on hand thanks

Nelly Rodriguez September 14, 2011 - 10:22 pm

I like Splenda on FB

Nelly Rodriguez September 14, 2011 - 10:21 pm

Health tip? Hit the gym for an hour and stop eating processed foods!

DEBIJOT September 14, 2011 - 10:54 am

My tip is to snack on veggies and fruits throughout the day instead of chips and cookies

DEBIJOT September 14, 2011 - 10:53 am

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sharee chapman September 13, 2011 - 2:40 pm

I liked splenda on facebook:)

sharee chapman September 13, 2011 - 2:38 pm

I say a salad a day! for a snack, lunch, or dinner…anytime is a great time for a salad!

Laura Cromwell September 13, 2011 - 6:36 am

And I “liked” Splenda on Facebook!

Laura Cromwell September 13, 2011 - 6:33 am

My boys are very active in sports, so we make sure we have lots of full, reusable water bottles and plenty of fresh fruit to keep energy high. I soak hand towels and freeze them in the summer, so they have a nice, cold, wet rag to wipe the sweat off with. It keeps them clean and cool during practice.

Ally September 11, 2011 - 10:36 pm

One of my essential living tips is to walk everywhere instead of taking the bus. I live in a city and it would be so easy to take the bus but I make the effort!

Hannah September 11, 2011 - 9:41 pm

I like to use whole wheat flour in breads(and occasionally) muffins, and I also like to add ground flax seed to my pancake mixes to give it a little boost on the healthy side!

Tricia September 10, 2011 - 6:50 pm

Give lots of hugs and kisses to your loved ones, exercise to release lots of endorphins, get plenty of sleep, and limit sugar and carbs:)

Staci A September 10, 2011 - 3:25 pm

I liked their Facebook page. Thanks!

Staci A September 10, 2011 - 3:24 pm

My essential healthy tip is to keep healthy, fresh foods ready to eat. I always grab a snack in a hurry, so if I have fruit and veggies washed and cut, I’m more likely to go for those.

Amber September 10, 2011 - 1:03 pm

Fresh is best…whatever we eat has to be as fresh as possible. If the ingredients aren’t totally fresh we try to eat them VERY sparingly.

susitravl September 10, 2011 - 10:56 am

Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.
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Heather of Kitchen Concoctions September 10, 2011 - 10:44 am

I do at least 30 minutes physical exercise a day, even if it is just a walk around the neighborhood in the morning or after dinner. Also I try and eat as much fresh fruits and veggies that I can and lots of fish.

Patti S September 10, 2011 - 8:46 am

Already ‘like’ Splenda on FB. 🙂

Patti S September 10, 2011 - 8:46 am

Drink lots of water and be sure to eat a good breakfast packed with protein for staying power and whole grains for energy. 🙂

Tara September 9, 2011 - 6:51 pm

My healthy living tip is to drink lots of water, there’s nothing like it!

Lauren September 9, 2011 - 5:58 pm

I make fruit smoothies with some milk and ice.

amy September 9, 2011 - 3:39 pm

I use unsweetened applesauce instead of oil in cakes, brownies and quick breads. It tastes great and cuts out fat!

amy September 9, 2011 - 3:39 pm

I use unsweetened applesauce instead of oil in cakes, brownies and quick breads. It tastes great and cuts out fat!

Katie September 9, 2011 - 2:03 pm

Exercise! Seriously, it’s great for my mind and body. It’s a shame more people don’t make the effort to get out there and get active!

Katie September 9, 2011 - 2:03 pm

Exercise! Seriously, it’s great for my mind and body. It’s a shame more people don’t make the effort to get out there and get active!

Katie September 9, 2011 - 2:03 pm

Exercise! Seriously, it’s great for my mind and body. It’s a shame more people don’t make the effort to get out there and get active!

Lori P. September 9, 2011 - 1:23 pm

Tip: Stay active doing what you love (hiking, biking, skiing, etc) & eat in moderation.
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Lori P. September 9, 2011 - 1:23 pm

Tip: Stay active doing what you love (hiking, biking, skiing, etc) & eat in moderation.
Liked on FB.

Lori P. September 9, 2011 - 1:23 pm

Tip: Stay active doing what you love (hiking, biking, skiing, etc) & eat in moderation.
Liked on FB.

Amy S September 9, 2011 - 1:16 pm

I usually try to replace sugar with splenda and I also try to replace fat with apple sauce.

Amy S September 9, 2011 - 1:16 pm

I usually try to replace sugar with splenda and I also try to replace fat with apple sauce.

Amy S September 9, 2011 - 1:16 pm

I usually try to replace sugar with splenda and I also try to replace fat with apple sauce.

jill September 9, 2011 - 12:14 pm

Walk 4 miles and try to eat healthy. Like on facebook

jill September 9, 2011 - 12:14 pm

Walk 4 miles and try to eat healthy. Like on facebook

jill September 9, 2011 - 12:14 pm

Walk 4 miles and try to eat healthy. Like on facebook

Bonnie Parks September 9, 2011 - 11:29 am

I like Splenda ON FB
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Bonnie Parks September 9, 2011 - 11:29 am

I like Splenda ON FB
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Bonnie Parks September 9, 2011 - 11:29 am

I like Splenda ON FB
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Bonnie Parks September 9, 2011 - 11:26 am

Take a 30 minute walk every evening after dinner

Bonnie Parks September 9, 2011 - 11:26 am

Take a 30 minute walk every evening after dinner

Bonnie Parks September 9, 2011 - 11:26 am

Take a 30 minute walk every evening after dinner

Eva September 9, 2011 - 11:20 am

I eat everything I enjoy in moderation don’t deprive myself of anything excercise at least 3 days a week sometimes more depending on my schedule. I also don’t eat very many sweets and use Splenda in place of sugar.

Eva September 9, 2011 - 11:20 am

I eat everything I enjoy in moderation don’t deprive myself of anything excercise at least 3 days a week sometimes more depending on my schedule. I also don’t eat very many sweets and use Splenda in place of sugar.

debbie September 9, 2011 - 10:57 am

i liked splenda on facebook

debbie September 9, 2011 - 10:57 am

i liked splenda on facebook

debbie September 9, 2011 - 10:57 am

my essential healthy living tip is to drink water. drink drink drink. it’s so important!

debbie September 9, 2011 - 10:57 am

my essential healthy living tip is to drink water. drink drink drink. it’s so important!

Chelsey September 9, 2011 - 10:33 am

Liked on Facebook!

Chelsey September 9, 2011 - 10:33 am

Liked on Facebook!

Chelsey September 9, 2011 - 10:33 am

Everything in moderation:) That way you can have all the yummy treats you create!!!

Chelsey September 9, 2011 - 10:33 am

Everything in moderation:) That way you can have all the yummy treats you create!!!

kayla September 9, 2011 - 9:51 am

i liked splenda on facebook!

kayla September 9, 2011 - 9:51 am

i liked splenda on facebook!

kayla September 9, 2011 - 9:50 am

my healthy living tip is to enjoy and be thankful for each day!

kayla September 9, 2011 - 9:50 am

my healthy living tip is to enjoy and be thankful for each day!

Sasha T. September 9, 2011 - 8:53 am

I liked it on facebook, and I’m excited to try a sample!

Sasha T. September 9, 2011 - 8:53 am

I liked it on facebook, and I’m excited to try a sample!

Sasha T. September 9, 2011 - 8:49 am

My essential healthy living tip is everything in moderation! Living by this mantra makes long term healthy living seem so much more manageable!

Sasha T. September 9, 2011 - 8:49 am

My essential healthy living tip is everything in moderation! Living by this mantra makes long term healthy living seem so much more manageable!

Shannon A September 9, 2011 - 8:10 am

Drink water. Water, water and more water. It flushes out the bad stuff and it makes your skin look great, too!

Shannon A September 9, 2011 - 8:10 am

Drink water. Water, water and more water. It flushes out the bad stuff and it makes your skin look great, too!

Alicia Keen September 9, 2011 - 7:54 am

I like Splenda on Facebook

Alicia Keen September 9, 2011 - 7:54 am

I like Splenda on Facebook

Alicia Keen September 9, 2011 - 7:54 am

I simply don’t eat sugar. ONly Splenda. And in everything, I might add!

Alicia Keen September 9, 2011 - 7:54 am

I simply don’t eat sugar. ONly Splenda. And in everything, I might add!

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