4 Uses for Agave Syrup

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Agave Syrup is amazing. If you don’t use it already, you will soon. I use it in both my cooking and baking – it is incredibly versatile.

Agave comes from the same plant that makes tequila.

Ya, now you’re listening.

Agave is used by health conscious and calorie conscious individuals alike. Agave nectar is sweeter than sugar, so you can use less of it, and it has a very low glycemic index (about 30, as compared to most sugars which have above 60).  So why not just use Splenda or other artificial sweeteners, you ask? While Agave does have some calories, it is all-natural, as opposed to the other stuff, which is all chemicals and you-don’t-even-know-what. Need I say more?

You can find Agave Syrup at any gourmet food store, most grocery stores, and I even found this bottle at TJ Maxx! It comes in both dark and light forms. Dark is less filtered than light and tastes similar to maple syrup.  Light agave has a more neutral taste and can be used more freely in the kitchen. Therefore, I buy Light Agave.

Here are some of my favorite ways to use agave syrup:

1. Coffee

I use agave in my coffee every morning as a substitute for real sugar or Splenda.  It gives a sweet, distinct taste that is delicious with any brew.

2. Plain Greek Yogurt

I love Greek Yogurt. I eat it every day.  However, I find that some of the flavored options are very high in sugar.  Therefore, I like to buy plain Greek Yogurt and sweeten it on my own. I add about one tablespoon of agave to 3/4 cups of yogurt.

If you are a Greek Yogurt lover, too, try it!

3. Roasted Carrots

If you like cooked carrots this is a must! It’s so easy.

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. On the stovetop, heat one tablespoon of olive oil (or vegetable) in a skillet. Add baby carrots to the pan and sprinkle with agave syrup. (The amount of syrup you add depends on how sweet you like your cooked carrots. I would suggest about 1.5 tablespoons per 2 handfuls of baby carrots). Saute the carrots in the pan, stirring occasionally, until the carrots begin to soften (about 5 minutes). Then, spread the carrots on a baking sheet and place in the oven.  Roast the carrots in the oven for about 20 minutes, stirring them halfway.  Roasting times will vary depending on the size of your carrots.

4. Margarita

Margarita = tequila = same plant as agave = make your own margarita. YEAH.

Personally, I find most margarita mixes to be way too sweet and REALLY high in sugar. But, with agave you can make the perfect homemade margarita so easily!

Just combine 2 oz. tequila, with 1 teaspoon of agave nectar (light or dark), the juice of 2 limes, and shake (or stir). Add some ice and salt. BAM. You just made a margarita.

Agave is an great item for any kitchen. If you are a beginner or casual cook, definitely go get yourself some agave. You’ll be amazed by how much you use it.

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