Sugar is not good for you. In fact, sugar is downright bad for you. It’s been known to cause obesity, diabetes, fatigue weakened immune systems and learning problems. Agave nectar is quickly becoming the sweetener of choice for many health nuts because it does not carry a risk of side effects, is easy to use, tastes sweet and for it’s versatility. According to the Blue Agave website, agave nectar ranks low on the glycemic index, making it a viable solution for those interested in losing weight or keeping an appropriate blood sugar level.
You can easily create your own agave nectar recipes at home. Substitute 3/4 cup of agave nectar for every 1 cup of sugar in most recipes. Expect a slightly different taste, but don’t worry about losing sweetness. Agave nectar is sweeter than sugar.
I have been experimenting with agave nectar recipes for years in recipes and have developed quite a few healthy alternatives to our old favorites. Here are 2 of them.
Agave Nectar Recipe- Apple Butter in the Crock Pot
5-6 lbs of apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
2 cups of agave nectar
2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
Place the apples in the crock pot.
In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, cinnamon and salt. Pour this mixture over the apples and cook on high for 2 hours. Reduce heat to low and cook for an additional 6-9 hours, stirring occasionally.
Agave Nectar Recipe- Pumpkin Muffins
2 cups agave nectar
1 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, mix dry ingredients together. In another bowl, mix wet ingredients together, then add wet to dry and mix thoroughly.
Next, add 2/3 cup milk and 1 3/4 cups mashed pumpkin. Alternate these two ingredients, adding a little at a time and mixing well before adding more.
Pour into muffin pans and bake for 20 minutes.
In conclusion, using agave nectar is not only better for your health, but easy to use in just about any recipe. Experiment with creating your own agave nectar recipes and try using it in place of sugar in your coffee or tea.