Let Your Sweet Tooth Go Vegan: Enjoy the Sweetness of Blackstrap Molasses!
The vegan movement has become increasingly popular in recent years, as more and more people are choosing to go meat and dairy-free for a variety of reasons including environmental and ethical concerns. Many people who go vegan are pleasantly surprised to find that there are a lot of delicious and healthy options available to them, including sweet treats like blackstrap molasses. For those who don’t know, blackstrap molasses is a thick, syrupy sweetener made from boiled-down sugar cane and, unlike other sweeteners, it’s vegan!
What is Blackstrap Molasses?
Blackstrap molasses is the final product of the sugar-making process. In this process, sugarcane is harvested and the juice is extracted from the canes and boiled down to create Sugar crystals. These crystals are then spun in a centrifuge to separate the molasses, which is heated and boiled down further to create a thick, dark syrup. This syrup is blackstrap molasses. The process also creates white sugar and brown sugar, but blackstrap molasses has a more intense flavor and is often used as a vegan sweetener.
Nutritional Benefits of Blackstrap Molasses
Blackstrap molasses is packed with nutrition and has a number of health benefits. It’s a rich source of iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium and contains trace minerals such as manganese, copper, and zinc. It also contains B vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and pyridoxine, as well as vitamin A, C, and E. These vitamins and minerals are important for a variety of body processes, including metabolism, digestion, and immunity. Blackstrap molasses also contains dietary fiber, which helps to promote healthy digestion.
How to Use Blackstrap Molasses
Blackstrap molasses has a strong, distinctive flavor that is often described as bittersweet. This makes it a great way to sweeten up savory dishes like roasted vegetables and stir-fries, as well as more traditional desserts like cakes and pies. It can also be used to make delicious vegan frostings, sauces, and dressings. Blackstrap molasses can also be used as a sweetener for oatmeal and other hot cereals, mixed into smoothies and juices, or used in baking recipes to create a richer flavor.
Tips for Buying and Storing Blackstrap Molasses
When looking for blackstrap molasses, it’s important to make sure that you’re buying a pure product that’s free of added sugar or other ingredients such as preservatives. Once you’ve found your perfect bottle, make sure to store it in a cool, dry place away from light and heat. Molasses can last for up to a year when stored properly.
Delicious Recipes Using Blackstrap Molasses
Blackstrap molasses can be used in an array of delicious vegan recipes. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Vegan Blackstrap Molasses Fudge
This vegan fudge is a delicious and decadent treat that’s sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. All you need is blackstrap molasses, coconut oil, vegan chocolate chips, and a pinch of salt. Simply combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and stir until they’re fully combined. Then, pour the mixture into a parchment-lined baking dish and refrigerate until it’s set. Cut into small pieces and enjoy!
Blackstrap Molasses Oat Bars
These oat bars are a great way to start your day. All you need is rolled oats, blackstrap molasses, vegan butter, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Preheat your oven and grease a 9×9” baking dish. Combine the oats, molasses, butter, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl and stir until combined. Pour the mixture into the baking dish and bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool before slicing and enjoy!
Vegan Blackstrap Molasses Cookies
These vegan cookies are a classic treat made even better with the addition of blackstrap molasses. All you need is vegan butter, brown sugar, blackstrap molasses, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. Preheat your oven and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the molasses and mix until fully combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool on a wire cooling rack and enjoy!
Other Uses for Blackstrap Molasses
Blackstrap molasses isn’t just for baking and cooking. It can also be used in a variety of other ways. It’s a great way to add sweetness and flavor to your morning cup of coffee or tea. It’s also an excellent addition to marinades and dressings as well as smoothies and juices. Blackstrap molasses is also an effective fertilizer for plants and can be used to make homemade beeswax candles.
Blackstrap molasses is a delicious and vegan-friendly sweetener that can be used in a variety of recipes and applications. It’s an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, and is a great way to add a bit of sweetness to savory dishes as well as more traditional desserts. Whether you’re baking or just looking for a delicious and healthy sweetener, blackstrap molasses is a great option!
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