Maple syrup has become popular in my house. I’m not talking about the thick stuff out of a bottle shaped like someone’s aunt. I’m talking about real, pure, all-natural maple syrup. After reading too many awful ingredient lists of mostly high-fructose corn syrup and caramel coloring, I made the switch to pure maple syrup and haven’t looked back.
Maple syrup is sweet and high calories when eaten in large quantities, but compared to sugar, maple syrup is very nutritious. Whereas sugar contains zero nutrients, maple syrup has antioxidants and minerals. Antioxidants help prevent diseases, including cancer. It’s an immune booster as well as having the ability to calm your digestive system. It also boasts several nutrients including zinc, riboflavin, potassium, magnesium, and calcium.
When purchasing maple syrup, make sure the ingredients list only pure maple syrup, like this one.
To get you inspired, here are 10 creative uses for maple syrup (besides pancakes and waffles):
Use a little maple syrup in your coffee, stir it into some yogurt or oatmeal, drizzle on fruit – the possibilities are endless! Think of using it where you would normally use honey. It can also replace simple syrup in cocktails.
Toss just about any veggies in maple syrup with salt and pepper and roast in the oven for a delicious side. We recently tried this recipe for maple sriracha roasted cauliflower from Kitchen Treaty and it was out of this world delicious. Next time I’m making a double bath so I can eat it more than once!
Drizzle or mix in a little maple syrup with your peanut butter. This makes a great dip for an apple snack or gives your PB&J a little complexity. There are some very nutritious (and expensive) brands that have jarred this combo but it’s just as delicious to mix it up yourself!
Don’t you kind of love it when your bacon gets into the sweet syrup on your breakfast plate? Just make it that way in the first place! Drizzle a little on your bacon in the pan when it’s almost finished cooking. I’ve also heard this is amazing if you bake the bacon on a rack in the oven and top with maple syrup that will drizzle down to the pan below.
Mix equal parts maple syrup with melted butter and add in some cinnamon and nutmeg, and a little salt. Pour it on your popcorn. Oh yes!
Take your cream cheese frosting (or other frosting) to the next level by making it maple cream cheese frosting! Mix a few tablespoons in with your recipe, or even a little into a store bought can. This would give a nice Fall-inspired flavor to your baked goodies.
Instead of chocolate syrup that probably contains lots of artificial ingredients, try topping your bowl of ice cream with maple syrup. Perfectly sweet!
Use in your baking to reduce the use of white sugar. Substitute the same amount and then lighten up on other liquids in the recipe since the syrup is a liquid.
Mix a teaspoon of syrup with a teaspoon of dijon and spread on top of salmon for a tasty glaze. I’ve also read that maple with ginger is good over fish for an Asian-inspired dish.