Everything is Better with Maple Syrup
Maple syrup lovers, these recipes are for you!
Maple Syrup is for more than pancakes and ice cream! We love to use pure maple syrup with our hot & cold breakfast cereal, salad dressings and many other dishes. One of the best reasons to use maple syrup is that it is healthy and nutritious. Below are a few recipe ideas from Ontario Foodland.
Health Benefits / Nutrition
Can something that tastes this good be good for you?
Absolutley! Maple syrup is one half the calories of sugar. It contains potassium, iron, calcium, riboflavin, niacin and no cholesterol. It is a healthy and tasty sweetener to many recipes and can be used as a substitute for granular sugar.
Instead of 1 cup of granulated sugar in recipes, use ¾ -1 Cup of Pure Ontario Maple Syrup, to taste.
In baking, reduce the liquid by 2-4 tablespoons per 1 Cup maple syrup used, add 1/4 tsp baking soda and reduce the oven temperature by 25 F degrees.
Maple syrup delivers more nutrition than refined sugars and has one of the lowest calorie levels of common sweeteners. A serving of 1/4 cup of maple syrup contains only 216 calories and:
95% of the recommended Daily Value for manganese - an important factor in energy production, healthy bone formation and antioxidant defences necessary for normal brain and nerve function. Antioxidant levels are comparable to other common and popular food, such as apples and broccoli
37% of the recommended Daily Value of riboflavin - which aids in the metabolic process
6% of the Daily Value of zinc - which is essential for normal reproduction and growth as well as a healthy immune system
Pure maple syrup contains complex carbohyrdates and compounds with antioxidants that may assist in protecting the body against certain diseases. While it is difficult to claim that any food is a "Super Food", there is no doubt that 100% pure nature maple syrup is a far healthier choice of sweetener.
For most people, maple syrup is reminiscent of pancakes, waffles and French toast. But it has many other uses.
It flavours hams, bacon, spare ribs and pot roasts. It can be a dessert flavouring for ice creams, custards, flans, salad dressings, mousses and toast spreads as well as baked goods such as muffins, biscuits, pies, tarts and cookies.
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