100% pure maple syrup is a wonderful substitute for sugar, and is ideal to use when making healthy cookies, healthy muffins, and healthy desserts. I am not referring to the maple syrup that comes shaped like an robust woman, or the maple syrup that has an ingredient list so long that you forget what product you were even looking at. Clearly those maple syrups are basically sugar water with chemicals; they are not the real thing. I am referring to the living healthy benefits of 100% pure maple syrup.
- Pure maple syrup is very sweet, and you don’t need a lot of it to sweeten your baked goods.
- You can buy large containers of pure maple syrup at places like Costco, or on-line for significantly reduces prices.
- You can use pure maple syrup when making healthy cookies, healthy muffins and healthy desserts.
Pure maple syrup does not include extra chemicals or ingredients, is very healthy for kids, and is a great way to substitute sugar.
Using a Maple Syrup Recipe
According to OChef.com, if you are substituting maple syrup for white sugar, use 3/4 cup of maple syrup for every cup of sugar the recipe calls for. Ochef also recommends to decrease the total amount of liquid in the recipe by about 3 tablespoons for each cup of maple syrup you use.
I like to add a combination of healthy sweeteners in baking. Often I use combination of maple syrup with either raw honey, black strap molasses. date sugar, Rapadura, and/or fruit juices. This adds a interesting combination of tastes, but also provides the health benefits that all of the alternative sugar sweeteners offer. It leads to a finished result that is quite lovely for baking.
Health Benefits of Baking With Maple Syrup
100% pure maple syrup is a whole food that is good for our bodies; though moderation of any sweetener is still important. The great news is that instead of using refined white sugar, you can include maple syrup in your baking and enrich the health density of your baked goods.
Did you know how healthy maple syrup is?
- Maple syrup is good for your immune system; particularly with children.
- Even one ounce of maple syrup can supply us with up to 22% of our daily amount of of manganese, which is an essential for the production of energy.
- Maple syrup is healthy in enabling excellent reproductive health in men.
- Maple syrup is healthy for your heart as a result of high levels of Zinc according to many researchers.
Different Grades of Maple Syrup
- Grade A Light Amber is light in color and has a slight maple flavor. Grade A maple syrup is great option for topping your pancakes with.
- Grade A Medium Amber is darker and has has a stronger maple flavor. You can also use this for pancakes, and is particularly good for baking.
- Grade A Dark Amber is very dark and with a distinct, strong taste. This too can be used for baking if you want a stronger taste in your baked goods.
- Grade B, is very dark in color and has overwhelmingly strong maple taste. This too can be used for baking, depending on what you are trying to achieve.
How to Store Maple Syrup
Maple syrup should be stored in the refrigerator in glass containers. Often you can purchase maple syrup at lower prices at some of the large discount stores, and often they are sold in plastic containers to save money. It is important to transport the maple syrup from the plastic to the glass containers.
- Be sure to pour the ingredients of the maple syrup in the plastic container into a sealed glass jar, and place in your refrigerator.