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A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down

But how much sugar is too much?

Mary Poppins suggests a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down, but how much sugar is too much? On average, an adolescent consumes 34 teaspoons of sugar, or 500 calories worth each day.

Parents can help children limit sugar intake to the recommended 6.5 teaspoons per day by avoiding cookies and candies, and instead serving sugar free or no sugar added sweets such as those made from Sans Sucre Baking Mixes. SansSucre, meaning “sugar free” in French, produces a line of guilt-free baking mixes in four varieties from coffee cakes to brownies.

“Children generally love sweet treats, but parents want to be health conscious. San Sucre created the Sans Sucre line of mixes for healthy eaters who still want to enjoy great tasting desserts,” said Steve Bernard chief executive officer of Bernard Food Industries.

By replacing sugary snacks and desserts, children and adults alike are consuming less sugar which lowers the risk of diabetes, heart disease and, most commonly, body fat.

 Check out the yummy but healthy recipes below!

Caramel Apple Cake

1 fresh apple chopped, peeled and cored

2 boxes Sans Sucre Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake baking mix

1 cup water

1 egg

4 tablespoons all-natural applesauce

1 cup sugar-free caramel

Preheat oven to 375o F. Prepare 8”x8” pan by lightly greasing or spraying with non-stick cooking spray. Chop apple into chunks. Blend water, all-natural applesauce, egg and both mixes in a medium bowl using an electric mixer. Fold apple pieces into cake batter. Spread evenly in greased pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely. Drizzle sugar-free caramel over top of cake. Store covered.


¾ cup water

1 egg

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

½ teaspoon of sugar-free cinnamon

1 box Sans Sucre Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake baking mix

Prepare cake mix using the water, oil, egg and cinnamon. Mix until smooth. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour the batter onto the griddle, using approximately ¼ cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.


Sweet n’ Crunchy Blondie Bars

1/3 cup water

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 box Sans Sucre Classic Blondie Brownie mix

1 cup peanuts (chopped)

1 cup skinny pretzel sticks

1 tablespoon sugar-free chocolate

Chop skinny pretzel sticks and peanuts. Prepare brownie mix as directed. Sprinkle enough peanuts and pretzels over brownies to cover. Bake as directed. Cool completely. Drizzle melted sugar-free chocolate over brownies.


Brownie Á La Mode

1/3 cup water

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 box Sans Sucre Milk Chocolate Brownie mix

1 container sugar-free ice cream

Place your favorite sugar-free ice cream in refrigerator to soften (about 30 min.). Prepare brownies as directed. Cool completely. Spoon ice cream on brownie, spreading evenly with spatula to within an inch from the edge. Place in freezer for 30 minutes or until ice cream hardens.


½ cup milk

1 egg

1 box Sans Sucre Milk Chocolate Brownie mix

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 12 cupcake pan cups with paper liners. Whisk together the milk, egg and baking mix in a bowl. Spoon cupcake batter into lined cupcake pan cups until 2/3 full. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Cool in the cupcake pans for 5 minutes then remove and place on wire racks to cool completely.


About Sans Sucre Baking Mixes

Sans Sucre is the first line of baking mixes from foodservice industry specialists, Bernard Food Industries, Inc that are flavored with Stevia, an all-natural sweetener. In addition, they are sugar-free or no sugar added, low fat, no cholesterol, lower in calories and lower in sodium. For more information visit:

Note: Sans Sucre line of baking mixes is the first to use Stevia in place of sugar or artificial sweeteners.  Stevia is an all-natural sugar substitute that is sweet in taste and free of calories, carbohydrates and fat, making it a healthy alternative. However, there is a distinct difference in taste between Stevia and regular sugar. “Like soda and diet soda both Stevia and sugar have different flavor profiles,” says Steven Bernard, chief executive officer of Bernard Food Industries.