This post brought to you by Nectresseâ„¢ Sweetener. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you probably know I don't usually post about food. Ha. But, I do occasionally post healthy recipes that my family likes. I even have a recipe page in the menu with links to some of my favs.

I have talked before about how I mainly cook low fat and vegetable based meals because that's what works best for my metabolism and our budget. Fortunately my husband eats pretty much anything I put in front of him :) I love taking regular recipes and swapping out ingredients to make them more healthy. It's actually a sick little game I play…like how much can I cut back before it starts to taste like cardboard? You'd be surprised, actually! While I'll admit to a few cardboard incidents over the years- I certainly wouldn't blog about them- so read on without fear, my friends!

I have a few go-to ingredients that almost always find their way into my experiments: fat free and low fat dairy products, Egg Beaters, Smart Balance light, and sugar substitutes. So when Splenda offered to send me their newest product, I jumped at the chance to try it and share the results with you. 

 NECTRESSE™Sweetener is the only 100% natural, no calorie sweetener made from fruit- monk fruit to be exact. It comes in on-the-go packets and a bulk canister-perfect for baking!

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I was anxious to try it, so I started by putting a packet in some unsweet iced tea. I typically use Splenda, so I'm used to the taste of sweeteners, but this was more sugar like than others I've tried! A simple test, yes, but I think some of you who haven't liked the taste of other substitutes out there should give this one a try. For anyone who uses sweeteners now, it would be easy to switch to this all natural version!

So it passed the beverage test, but I wanted to use it in another way in a recipe. Cruising Pinterest earlier in the week, I stumbled on these pumpkin spice latte pancakes (le sigh) and had planned to make them for my good friend Amy's birthday breakfast. Perfect!

It was pretty easy to use the packets for this recipe because the box says that one packet is equal to the sweetness of two teaspoons of sugar. Now that's not an actual equivalent measurement swap, just a taste equivalency. While it's not "cup for cup" so to speak, I like the flexibility of adjusting the sweetness to my tastes. If you want to bake with it regularly, I would suggest getting the bulk cannister and experimenting with your favorite recipes. 

I swapped out the 2 tsp of sugar (I doubled the recipe) for 1 packet of Nectresse.

The rest of the recipe I followed as written, and by the time I starting flipping pancakes the house was smelling just like fall. LOVE!

The birthday girl gave them two thumbs up!

I'm sure I'll try more recipes with Nectresse in the future, but this was a good start :) I think Nectresse will be a staple in my pantry!

And, apparently I'm not the only one who thinks so. When I found out Lisa Ling was speaking out in favor of Nectresse, I was pleasantly surprised. As a reporter and journalist, she seems like the type of person that wouldn't endorse something she didn't truly believe in. I felt like she could be trusted, you know? You can watch her video testimonial below.

If you use sweeteners now, or are looking to cut back on your sugar intake, I highly recommend Nectresse. But don't take my word for it, see for yourself!  Follow the link to get your FREE sample of NECTRESSE™Sweetener

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