Thursday, March 23, 2017

Why buy syrup when you can make it?

Here is a super easy and tasty syrup recipe. I use this syrup on pancakes and waffles and as an ingredient to my favorite granola recipe. It is much cheaper than store bought commercial syrup and has zero high fructose corn syrup. While I love natural maple syrup, it is extremely expensive and uses a lot of fossil fuel to ship it to where I live.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar (white or unrefined)
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon maple flavored extract
Directions:
  1. Bring the water, sugar, and molasses to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Take off heat and stir in the maple extract. 
  3. Let cool until no longer hot.
  4. Store in a sealed glass mason jar in refrigerator (since it does not contain preservatives like store purchased varieties).

I buy my sugar in bulk in my own reusable container from Whole Foods. However, even from a regular grocery store, white sugar is usually packaged in paper. This greatly reduces the disposable plastic from buying syrup in plastic bottles. The least expensive high quality maple flavored extract I've found was at https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B008OGD194 but availability varies.

Enjoy!

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