Have Fun This Summer with #SweetSwaps

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Nature trails

Summer is here and that means more outdoor activities, delicious foods and more time in the pool. While most of us are trying to fit into our bathing suits again, I want to get my family eating smarter. Okay, yes I want to get back into my bikini too!

School’s been out for a week now and the kids are just laying around and being lazy. I want to get them and myself up and moving more this summer. I also want us to make smarter food choices by looking for simple recipes that can be part of a balanced lifestyle.That’s why I said yes to working with SPLENDA for this post. We, my husband and the kids mostly, eat a lot of snacks. Why not make try to make them better? Check out the SweetSwap.com website for some delicious dishes that include swapping out full sugar for the SPLENDA® Sweetener Products such as SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated, SPLENDA® Sugar Blend, and SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend. There you can mind lots of tips, tricks and delicious recipes.


Getting out with friends.

I decided to have a fun mother and kid nature walk last week. I had a group of us meet at a local playground. Off from the playground is one fo the many entrances to our community’s nature trails. It is so wonderful that we have these nature trails right here where we live, we just need to go visit them more often. We ended up walking a little over 30 minutes. Then we went to the park’s picnic areas and had a slice of Dulce de Leche Cheesecake made with SPLENDA. I found the recipe on SweetSwaps.com. I also provided some muffins and iced coffee for everyone. Surprisingly all the kids loved the cheesecake. It did not have as much “dulce de leche” to it but it was not bad. I think it needed a topping of some sort. Maybe some frozen fruit would have been nice. But we did have a great tome getting outdoors and I heard from quite a few friends that were not
able to come that they are eager to come to the next outing. Hmm, what to make next?


Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Here is the recipe:

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Recipe



1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons butter, melted

3 (8 ounce) packages reduced-fat cream cheese
1 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated (Did you know that swapping just one cup of sugar with one cup of SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated can save more than 600 calories?)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 eggs
1/3 cup reduced fat milk
½ cup dulce de leche


Preheat oven to 400º F.
Mix crust ingredients together, and press into a 9-inch springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.
Reset oven temperature to 325º F.
Beat cream cheese, SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated, and flour together until well mixed and smooth. Add vanilla and mix until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix until smooth. Add milk and mix until well blended.
Measure ½ cup of the cheesecake batter and pour into a small bowl. Add dulce de leche and stir until well combined.
Pour plain batter over crust. Top with dulce de leche by placing rounded spoonfuls over the cheesecake batter and gently swirl into plain batter with the tip of knife or spatula.
Bake 45-55 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from oven and gently run metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cheesecake (this helps prevent cracking). Let cool 20-25 minutes before covering and placing in the refrigerator. Refrigerate 4- 6 hours or overnight before serving.

Servings Per Recipe: 16

Serving Size: 1 slice (1/16 of cheesecake)


Enjoying our desserts after our walk!




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I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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  1. We are really trying to back off on the sugar this summer. We should try this!

  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    I cook and bake with Splenda all the time. I always try to cut calories where ever I can.

  3. We love our desserts, but sugar is just so bad for you. I’ll have to give baking with Splenda a try. Thanks!

  4. Great post and awesome recipe. Cheesecake is my weakness so I might have to steal this recipe. Rob also loves Splenda as that is all he will use in his coffee.

  5. I don’t bake, but I do prefer Splenda for other things, and I prefer it over all the other brands of sweeteners. I just feel safer with this more natural item!

  6. My kids love sugar but this summer we too are trying to eat healthier and exercise more. Next time I bake a sweet treat for them, I’ll have to try using Splenda! Thanks for the tip!

  7. Natalie Z says:

    All my dad’s side is diabetic so I am very particular about our current sugar intake. Thanks for sharing this delicious dessert!

  8. Catherine S says:

    This looks yummy. I need to add Splenda to my grocery list I have never tried it. Thanks for the recipe.

  9. I love using splenda when I can while I bake. It’s so much better than tons of sugar. I need to actually pick more up, thanks for the reminder!

  10. Yum, that cheesecake sounds great. I’d love to make that with Splenda.

  11. I love cheesecake and that recipe looks like an easy one. Will have to get some splenda and give it a try.

  12. My mom uses Splenda in her coffee but I had no idea it was ideal for baking. That cheesecake looks spectacular.

  13. Bryan’s parents have diabetes so when I make desserts for the whole family, I use Splenda!

  14. What a fabulous recipe. You can do so much with Splenda. Happy Summer!

  15. I swap Splenda for sugar when I bake for my father-in-law. It’s so easy to make recipes a little better for people with diabetes.

  16. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    This cheesecake looks amazing. Cheesecake is my favorite and i love to make it. I will have to try this recipe on the weekend. I am sure everyone will love it.

  17. That looks delicious! i love cheesecake.

  18. That cheesecake looks yummy. What a great recipe.