Nutrient Rich Molasses

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?

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12 thoughts on “Nutrient Rich Molasses

  1. I love molasses! I’ve never eaten it on its own before, but I like adding it to food sometimes. And I have a delicious bread machine recipe that calls for molasses!

  2. This is the kind of molasses I’ve bought! I got it a while back for iron. I didn’t know what was causing me to feel light headed and like I was going to faint, so someone told me to try that. That feeling is a lot more rare now, so I think this stuff works great.

  3. molassas has such a cool flavor and texture. great that its healthy! a spoonful is a lot ha, but you do a good job at taking it! Funny that Brown Sugar is molassas and white sugar!

  4. Shawna, I’m so glad that it helped you too!! I found that it helped me to better tolerate the chilly winter weather! My guess is that we were both low in iron and the molasses gave us a little daily boost :)

  5. That is really interesting and its the first time I hear about it. It sounds like something I should try to boost up on nutrients. Thanks, darling and I hope you are feeling better:) Happy Tuesday

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