Walk for three minutes or jog, swim or cycle for one minute to get rid of the calories you add to your diet with each teaspoon of confectioners' sugar in your favorite dessert, according to the Calorie King. Whether working on losing weight or bringing sweetness back into a diabetic loved one's life, you don't have to give up all the joy of powdered sugar. It isn't usually found in the stores, but you can make artificial confectioners' sugar at home using Splenda sugar substitute.
Things You'll Need
- 1 cup or more of Splenda granulated sugar substitute
- Cornstarch or flour
- Mixer or food processor
- Rubber spatula
- Airtight container
Place the measured Splenda in the mixer or food processor. It is important that the Splenda you use be the granulated style rather than the standard formulation. The standard Splenda sweetener formulation, most commonly used in coffee packets, is designed to melt quickly in liquids; it will not work for making confectioners' sugar. The granulated formulation has a firmer structure that enables it to bind with the cornstarch or flour.
Add one teaspoon of cornstarch for each cup of Splenda measured into the mixer or food processor. According to the Food website, you can opt to use two tablespoons of flour instead of one teaspoon of cornstarch. The difference is both in texture and calorie count. While flour and cornstarch add approximately the same number of calories per measurement, you will need much more flour than cornstarch to achieve desired results. Cornstarch also generally provides a much coarser texture and thus more satisfactory results.
Blend the Splenda and cornstarch together for one minute or until you reach the desired texture. It may be necessary to stop the blender occasionally as the mixture clings to the sides of the mixing bowl. Use the rubber spatula to gently scrape down the sides and the blenders a few times during the process.
Store the artificial powdered sugar in an airtight container. It should remain usable and fluffed for up to one month. You can use it as you would normally use powdered sugar in an uncooked, unblended form. However, the artificial powdered sugar will not provide the structural support needed for icing or the caramelizing properties of traditional sugars.
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