Maple Syrup - A Delicious Natural Sweetener

Maple syrup is delicious especially on whole grain pancakes and waffles. I also love to use it in baking cakes and brownies.

It is very sweet like sugar but unlike sugar it contains several minerals and vitamins. You can receive many health benefits from the calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium riboflavin, selenium, sodium thiamin, vitamin B-6, zinc and palmitic, stearic, oleic, and linoleic fatty acids that it contains.

My favorite brand is Wisconsin Grade B because of the rich taste. Grade B is not better than Grade A, it is just richer in taste and darker in color.

Gluten Free Maple Syrup Black Bean Brownies

These delicious gluten free brownies are soft and fudgelike. They are very moist and need to be stored in the fridge.

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 cup butter

2 cups cooked black beans, drained

1 cup chopped nuts

1 TBS vanilla extract

1/2 tsp sea salt

4 eggs

1 1/4 cups of maple syrup

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Melt butter and cocoa powder together in a food processor. Take off heat. Put black beans in a food processor. Pour some of the butter/cocoa mixture over the black beans. Blend until all the chunks are gone.

In a separate bowl beat the eggs. Add the vanilla and maple syrup and continue to beat. Dump in the black beans, butter and cocoa. Stir in salt.

Butter or spray a 11 X 18 pan. Pour mixture in pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. Cool in the pan and then store in the fridge. Return from Maple Syrup to Sugar Substitutes
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