Since the beginning of the year I have been working to get my family eating healthier and paying more attention to what we are actually putting into our bodies. As someone who loves Cake Pops with a passion, the idea of having to cut back on sugar was well... depressing. So when I was asked to try the new Equal Sucralose - a sugar alternative with zero calories AND zero carbs - I didn't hesitate.
I headed to my local Walmart in Pensacola (Store #1222) where I found Equal Sucralose in the baking section next to all of the sugars. I couldnt find it at first since I was looking for the "Equal Blue" colored container. Thankfully I remembered someone calling it a "yellow canister" or I totally think I would have missed it.... I mean THIS is the sugar aisle:
Anyhow, I was impressed first that it was a great price compared to the other sweeteners, and love love love the canister - I will show you why in a minute - but the price is important because eating healthy can really put a pounding on your checkbook. I was fearful that it was too tall for my cabinets, but as you can see by my Google + Story, it fits perfectly.
I finished up my Walmart Shopping with a bunch of fresh fruits and vegetables - satisfied that even after adding my "sugar" I still was going to have a very healthy meal. Funny enough as I was checking out the cashier did a double take of the Equal Sucralose canister and said "oh how nice to have this in a canister - my kids are forever spilling the bag all over the floor."
I got home and immediately started throwing ingredients together for my "Healthy Donut Holes" substituting sugar with Equal Sucralose, as well as a few other minor adjustments. Enjoy:
Healthy Donut Holes with Equal Sucralose
- 1 1/3 c wheat flour
- 1/3 c Equal Sucralose
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 c 2% milk
- 1/4 c oil
- 1/4 c fat free sour cream
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients together slowly until batter is well blended. Fire up your Baby Cakes Cake Pop Maker and spoon in mixture as usual. Now unlike the other donut holes I have shown, these only take a little over three minutes to cook. They rise up perfectly making a little sphere of yumminess for you to enjoy guilt free.
You can choose to coat these with a drizzle but they really do not need it. I was impressed at how the Equal Sucralose sweetened just like sugar and even when I had the girls give a taste test, they did not notice any difference from when I use regular sugar in my baking.... and if you are a Mom, you know even the slightest change to a recipe can cause whining and complaining.
My favorite part about the Equal Sucralose though is easier explained in video than text, so here is a quick clip at how something as simple as a CANISTER can make all of the difference:
I really enjoyed checking out the Equal Sucralose and look forward to doing more baking with it. I also added it to my coffee this morning and to Mike's tea, so it is already a great addition to our healthier way of eating. I am certain that any of the baking I do from here on out will include this instead of normal sugar.
The really exciting part though - is that my family will never know the difference.
This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias All images and opinions are my own.