within the past five years, there have been many new products introduced on the market shelves to help with dietary restrictions. some of which have been gluten-free products, and others to help diabetics or those wanting a healthier nutritional plan.
this product, yacon syrup, was introduced as a natural sweetener. it is produced from a plant grown in South America. the syrup is very sweet, having been processed and pressed from the underground tuber of the plant.
the taste is sweeter than honey or maple syrup, almost similar to caramel. yacon syrup is glucose free, contains fewer carbohydrates than agave syrup and is low in calories.
for this reason, it has received some press. with the rush of these types of products into the marketplace, so came a variety of cookbooks. Elana Amsterdam offers several recipes for baking with yacon syrup. she suggests that the syrup can be used in place of molasses in many recipes. Elana offers a recipe for ginger cookies that combines yacon syrup and agave nectar. she has recipes for chocolate chip cookies, carrot muffins and molasses spice cookies that all use yacon syrup in her book.
the syrup product is dark in color, sticky in texture, and thick in consistency.
other interesting facts include — the yacon plant is as easy to grow as dahlias. in fact, the tubers are very similar. at the end of the growing season, the tubers can be dug from the soil, cleaned and eaten. the texture of the tuber is similar to a water chestnut or a firm pear. it could be served with pineapple, papaya or mangos in a fruit salad.
since most of us are trying to reduce sugar in our diets, this may be a wonderful way to incorporate an alternative in our baking techniques.
check out Elana’s book for more ideas on how to use this syrup for healthy cooking. and, check out this link for more information on yacon syrup: http://www.lifefoodpro.com/store/products/100-pure-raw-all-natural-yacon-syrup-8-oz-low-calorie-sweetener-organic-fos-weight-management/.
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