How to Use Agave Nectar in Your Recipes

On a search for good health some people think food becomes boring and you have to eat plain foods but I have found using Agave means I can eat some of my favourite sweet treats without feeling guilty and can avoid eating  processed sugar. Agave is a great way to add sweetness to  your recipes.

 

If you want to know how to use it and replace it for other sweeteners Below I have done a guide followed by a few favourite recipes I add it to.

You can substitute in your cooking for other sweeteners and sugars below is a quick guide to help you with your Agave recipes

 

  • Honey 1 cup= 1 cup Agave
  • Maple syrup 1 cup= 1 cup Agave
  • Brown rice syrup 1cup= 1/2-1/3 Agave + 1/2 other liquid
  • Corn syrup 1 cup= 1/2 cup Agave and increase other liquids by 1/3 of a cup
  • White sugar1 cup= 2/3 cup Agave reduce other liquids by 1/4 to 1/3 cup
  • Brown sugar 1 cup= 2/3 cup Agave and reduce other liquids by 1/4 cup

You may also want to reduce your oven temperature by 25 degrees f if you are baking as it can cause cakes and pies to brown more quickly, just remember to also increase the cooking time slightly as well.

Agave recipes:
Firstly this is one of my childhood favourites that I have changed to increase the health and nutrition value of this sweet biscuit;
Flapjacks:
Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp Agave syrup
  • 85g Coconut Sugar
  • 1 mashed up banana
  • 50g dried apricots
  • 25g Goji berries
  • 100g butter
  • 330g porridge oats

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Butter a 9"x 13"/23cm x 33cm Swiss roll tin and line the base with baking parchment.
  3. Put the Agave syrup, Coconut sugar and  butter in a pot and stir while gently heating until all is completely melted
  4. Put your oats, mashed banana, apricots and goji berries into a mixing bowl and pour the melted mixture over them giving it a good stir to coat the oats ensuring it is all distributed evenly
  5. Place in baking tin and bake in your preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until golden brown
  6. Take it out of the oven while the flapjack is still soft.
  7. Place the tin on a cooling rack and cut the flapjack into rectangles and leave them until they are completely cold.

You can then eat them immediately or store in an airtight container.

Here is another delicious sweet recipe that will cure any chocolate cravings:
Raw Chocolate:
Ingredients:

  • 1 C Raw Cacao Butter
  • 1 t. Vanilla
  •  3 T Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 C Powdered Coconut Sugar (finely ground in coffee grinder)
  • 2 T Agave
  • 1 C Cacao Powder

Method:

  1. Firstly put water on the stove and allow to simmer then place cacao butter and coconut oil in a glass/Pyrex bowl over the water and stir until it has melted.
  2. Place In food processor the melted mixture with vanilla and pulse for 30 seconds
  3. Remove 1/2 mixture and set aside.
  4. Add 1/2 cacao powder and combine in food processor.
  5. Add Coconut Sugar and combine.
  6.  Add the Cacao and coconut butter that was set aside and combine in food processor.
  7. Now combine the  remaining cacao powder in the food processor. It should be quite liquid at this point.
  8. Then place into container and allow to cool in the fridge.

This decadent dessert goes great with some frozen berries and coconut cream!!!!!

These are just a couple of ideas to get you started with agave syrup, however you can just your imagination and add it to smoothies or anything that takes your fancy.

Enjoy!!!