Growing up, most of us had the only notion of maple syrup as being the ‘Aunt Jemima‘ one that we used to pour endlessly between each fat pancake on happy Saturday mornings. I’m okay with Aunt Jemima-ing pancakes from time to time (even though I do it very rarely), but now that we’re all grown up and are very careful about what we eat and the ingredients we use, we mostly prefer pure and natural sweeteners. Here lies the big difference between the fun maple syrup we used to have and the healthier option that is more natural than artificial sugar.
Natural maple syrup is extracted from trees and it is largely produced in Canada (Quebec, to be more specific). Apart from being had with pancakes, waffles, porridge, and pain perdu (click here for our legendary pain perdu recipe), natural maple syrup can be used as a natural sweetener in cakes or other baked goods. It is full of manganese and zinc, two very important antioxidants and optimal immune system functioning.
Grant it, it costs more than the artificial maple syrups at the supermarket, but isn’t our health worth it? We’re increasingly being exposed to new technologies and chemicals. It is therefore becoming an absolute must we pay attention to everything that enters our body.
You can find pure maple syrup at New Earth Store in Ashrafieh and in the organic sections of most large supermarkets in Lebanon. I loved the Buckwud brand.
Pure from tree to table
Here’s a healthy flour-less and lactose-free breakfast recipe on which you can freely pour pure maple syrup. It was given to us by a good friend who’s lactose and gluten intolerant but finds a way to continue eating the food she likes by solely replacing ingredients.
Natural Maple Syrup Healthy Pancakes
- 1.5 cup oat flour
- 1.5 cup rice flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 bananas, mashed
- 1.5 cup almond milk
- 2 tsp natural maple syrup
In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients and whisk until combined. Grease a pan, cook your pancakes, then have them with pure maple syrup and bananas on top. Delicious and guilt-free!
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