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Organic Maple Syrup & 9 Delicious Uses Other Than Pancakes

Who doesn’t love a drizzle (or flood) of liquid amber on their stack of pancakes for breakfast?!  I know I do and my kids certainly do as well. We love using organic maple syrup and I will tell you why it’s not only delicious but organic-maple-syrupnutritious as well, but first I want to warn you what not to buy!   When you are walking down the aisle at your local grocery on a mission to get syrup…don’t be fooled by the eye catching bottles like Mrs. Butterworth’s or the sweet face of Aunt Jemima smiling back at you.  Those syrups are what we call “fake” syrup.  There are around 10-12 ingredients in those “syrups”, which include: corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring and other artificial flavors. Yuck, I know!

The better choice for your family is definitely going to be organic maple syrup.   It’s pure, it’s natural, it’s organic and the best part is there are actual health benefits to switching to or using pure organic maple syrup!  Not only is it a whole food (1 ingredient) organic maple syrup has some actual nutritional benefits!  Did you know organic maple syrup contains Zinc and Manganese?  Manganese is a trace mineral which is an essential component in a number of enzymes that are important for energy production and antioxidant defense. Zinc is an essential mineral for our immune systems which help protect our body from unwanted invaders like viruses and bad bacteria!  I don’t think you will find those awesome benefits in that cute Mrs. Butterworth’s bottle!

Organic Maple Syrup: Grade A vs. Grade B

Another question that might come up when you are buying organic maple syrup is what is the difference between Grade A and B?   The good news is the difference is ONLY in the taste.  Grade A does not mean it’s better in the quality of the syrup or nutritional value.  It’s only for color and flavor.   Grade A or “Grade A Dark Amber” is usually harvested in the beginning of the season and is lighter in color and milder of the syrups and sometimes has a slightly thinner consistency and is perfect for pouring all over your stack of flapjacks in the morning.

Then there is “Grade B” (my personal favorite), Grade B is usually your darker, thicker syrup which has that real “maple” taste and yummy caramel undertones.   This syrup is excellent to use in your baking recipes in place of other sweeteners like sugar and brown sugar and will give your baked goods that slight scent of maple when it’s in the oven.   Now that you know the difference between the two, I hope you will try each one out and see what you like the best!

 9 Delicious Ways to Add organic maple syrup Other Than On Pancakes

Let’s face it we all know it’s good over your favorite pancakes, so here are some other ways to use it:

1. Drizzle on top of your oatmeal in the morning

2. Be adventurous instead of sugar cubes and honey, try some organic maple syrup in your tea or coffee for a unique taste

3. Substitute it in your favorite baked recipes. It’s worked well for me in Muffins

4. Drizzled over peaches and cream for a sweet dessert or snack

5. Smoothies! Sometimes instead of Raw Honey or Stevia I like to switch it up with organic maple syrup.

6. My kids love honey on toast but if we are out of honey try maple syrup. Toast a piece of sprouted grain bread and spread on your butter of choice (my kids love peanut butter and almond butter) then drizzle with organic maple syrup and top with sliced bananas!

7. Baked Sweet “Sweet” Potato. Bake a sweet potato when it’s done spread a little coconut oil and drizzle with organic maple syrup and sprinkle with a little cinnamon and a pinch of Himalayan sea salt …. such a treat!

8. For a yummy chicken or salmon marinade
Combine 1/3 c soy sauce,1/2 c organic maple syrup, 1/4 c fresh squeezed orange juice, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1 tsp grated fresh ginger root and if using on fish add 1 tsp dried Dill Weed.  Combine together in bowl.  Pour over your chicken or fish and let marinate for 1-3 hours or overnight.

9. Apple Sunday Recipe:
2 Apples chopped
2 Tablespoons butter of choice (I like Almond or pecan butter for this recipe)
1/4 cup organic maple syrup
2 Tablespoons chopped nuts (again I like pecans, almonds or walnuts)
1 teaspoon of vanilla (or almond extract)
coconut flakes (optional)

To make: Blend or mix together the butter, extract, syrup until smooth. Divide the apples into two bowls and pour the mixture over the apples. Top with nuts and coconut flakes!

Those are some ways we use organic maple syrup in our home. What are your favorite ways to enjoy this delicious treat?  Let me know in comments below!

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I'm a firm believer that you are what you eat and I want to be fresh, local, organic and healthy! I've spent a lifetime experimenting with natural foods, different diets and ways of eating, and have settled on the food philosophy that Michael Pollan expresses so well: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. I'm passionate about organic foods, natural living, cooking healthy meals, and improving my health on a daily basis.

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