Strawberry Topping and Maple Syrup


I’ve been seeing lots of posts about Agave Nectar lately. So I was excited when my nephew told me he was helping to market Xagave and he offered to send me some along with a cookbook filled with delicious Xagave recipes.

Xagave is a Premium Blend of Agave Nectar derived from organic Agave Salmiana (White Agave) and organic inulin from Agave Tequilana (Blue Agave).

The benefits of using Xagave really appeal to me. It is a low Glycemic Index food. It contains no artificial additives or artificial sweeteners. Xagave is 1.4 times sweeter than sugar so you use less. Typically, you substitute 1/2 cup of Xagave for every cup of sugar which saves between 25 to 40% in carbohydrate calories.

I had fun trying many recipes last month using Xagave. Some from the cookbook and some that I adapted. I used up my first bottle and liked it so much that I bought another bottle. While I’m sure that I won’t substitute agave in everything I make, I know it will be a staple in my pantry from now on. Each day this week I will post a recipe that uses Xagave.

Agave is the perfect sweetener for fruit. I loved it drizzled over cut up fruit for dessert. It also makes an easy and scrumptious fruit topping. The first recipes I tried from the cookbook were the Strawberry Topping and Better Then Maple Maple Syrup. I served it over whole wheat french toast.

This breakfast was a huge hit and my kids didn’t even notice that the syrup was different than the pancake syrup I usually make. I have tried lots of low sugar/sugar alternative syrups in the past and wouldn’t buy any of them again, but I will definitely make this Maple Syrup again.

Strawberry Topping and Maple Syrup
 
Ingredients
Strawberry Topping
  • 4 cups fresh frozen berries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Xagave
  • 2 T. corn starch
Better Than Maple Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup Xagave
  • 3/4 t. natural maple flavoring
  • 3/4 t. vanilla
Directions
Strawberry Topping
  1. Put berries and Xagave in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Mix corn starch in 2 T. water and stir until all lumps are gone. Pour corn starch mix into berry mix while stirring slowly. Stir until topping thickens (1 to 2 minutes) and begins to bubble. If it does not thicken to desired level within a minute or two, repeat corn starch and water step.
Better Than Maple Maple Syrup
  1. Pour the maple flavoring in the Xagave and let it naturally absorb by gently rocking bottle or stirring. Do not shake or it will foam.