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Jul 25, 2010 10:03 AM

Agave Syrup - uses?

I was shopping at Whole Foods with a friend and she stocked up on a few bottles of their light Agave Syrup. She refuses to use artificial sweeteners like aspartame, Splenda, etc., and told me she uses the agave in her coffee instead of sugar.
I figured I'd try it and bought a bottle but did not like the flavor it imparted in my coffee. What are some other uses for agave syrup? As noted, we each purchased the light syrup as my friend said the heavier stuff tastes more like molasses. I suppose I could just give her the bottle but if agave has some tasty uses in other recipes, I'm game to give it a try.

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  1. I use it for margaritas (tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, and a bit of agave nector). I also use it in yogurt, or for anything in which I would usually use honey. Sometimes I add a few drops to home-made salad dressing, if it tastes too tart.

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    1. re: Niki in Dayton

      Good for your friend. There is no real use for artificial sweeteners unless you have a real medical condition like diabetes.

      The advantage of agave syrup is that is dissolves quickly even in cold liquids. Aside from that, I think Niki's advice on using it as you would honey is a perfect idea.

      1. re: Shaw Oliver

        So other than the dissolvability---why not just use sugar?

        1. re: sparkareno

          Well, I bought it specifically for making margaritas, and for those, I prefer the taste of the agave nector to simple syrup (sugar syrup). Once I had it on-hand, I started using it for other things (yogurt, salad dressing) just because it was convenient. I think I've read somewhere it has a lower glycemic index than honey or sugar, but that's not why I use it.

          1. re: sparkareno

            I think agave syrup may have a lower glycemic index value than sugar. That said, I used some today for the first time in probably 18 months--used it to sweeten a smoothie.

            1. re: Shaw Oliver

              What if you like the taste of artificial sweeteners? I often prefer it over the taste of sugar. Hell, I always liked Tab.
              I consider liking it a 'real use' for artificial sweeteners.

              But what I started to say is that DH likes to drizzle it on vanilla ice cream. I keep buying it but so far I haven't tasted it. My guys make it disappear- I'm planning to make some more prickly pear wine this year, and i'll use agave syrup in that for sure.

              1. re: EWSflash

                Some people eat their boogers because they like the taste - doesn't mean it's good to the majority of folks. Everybody thinks something tastes good.

                Let's face it, these artificial sweeteners were made as a replacement for sugar, not because they taste good on their own. Your point is valid, however. I just know what chemicals make up many of these sweeteners and being a chemistry major I would never use them, feed them to children, family, neighbors or even think of keeping them in my home. To me artificial sweeteners are on the same level if not lower than twinkies, cheez whiz, and hydrogenated oil. Of course that's just a personal preference.

                1. re: Shaw Oliver

                  I had already figured out what your stand on artificial sweeteners was, thanks for fleshing it out, though.

          2. i've used it in many items...

            oatmeal muffins
            creme brulee or panna cotta
            chestnut almond flourless cake
            carrot cake
            sweet vanilla butter (to top crepes or pancakes or waffles)
            fruit salad - with a drizzle of agave and lime juice
            almond butter cookies - almond butter, almond meal, vanilla and agave.. simple and good

            1. LEMONADE!! My local Whole Foods sells agave-sweetened fresh lemonade and raspberry lemonade at the juice bar that is the BEST lemonade I ever tasted!!