Amongst the likes of honey and maple syrup exists another less popular, natural sweetener by the name of molasses. A single tablespoon of this dark, rich, gooey substance provides at least 20% of the US RDA for calcium, iron and potassium! I particularly like this Blackstrap Unsulphured Molasses by Plantation, which also comes in an organic version.
I have bravely (it’s not as lovely tasting as honey) downed a tablespoon of this each day for a boost of nutrients (particularly iron), but you could also use it for plenty of natural sweetening — think oatmeal, sweet potatoes, squash, muffins, cookies, etc! I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but it sounds tasty and I like how it uses just 2 sweeteners (applesauce & molasses): Spiced Gingerbread with Coffee & Molasses
*FYI – If you want to try replacing sugar with molasses in a recipe you need 1.25 cups of molasses for each 1 cup sugar (molasses is about 65% as sweet as sugar), but beware again that molasses has a VERY distinct flavor :)
Have you tried molasses before? If so, are you a fan?