Agave nectar, also called agave syrup, is the newest alternative to sugar. In addition to being a succulent natural sweetener, agave also boasts many health benefits, including weight management, lowering cholesterol, and boosting the immune system. Agave nectar can seamlessly replace sugar and honey in most recipes, both savory and sweet. Here are three delectable recipes sweetened with agave.
Recipes with agave nectar
If you have never used (or even heard of) agave nectar, be sure to read The health benefits of agave for information on the agave plant.
Agave Smoked Salmon
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup honey toasted wheat germ
4 (5 ounces each) boneless, skinless salmon filletsDirections:
1. Preheat broiler and spray a 13- x 9-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.2. In a small bowl, mix together agave, liquid smoke and salt. Place bread crumbs in separate small shallow bowl. Combine breadcrumbs and wheat germ on a plate.3. Rub salmon fillets with agave mixture, coating all sides. Roll each in breadcrumbs mixture. Place salmon in baking pan and broil 2 inches from heat source for 10 to 15 minutes, or until fish is cooked, turning once after 5 or 6 minutes. Serve warm.
Apricot Pecan Salad with Agave Vinaigrette
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
2 cups seedless grapes
6 apricots, pitted, quartered
4 ounces brie cheese, cut into narrow wedges
1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted
6 cups mixed salad greensDirections:
Combine agave nectar, vinegar, oil, orange juice and poppy seeds in a jar. Shake well. Arrange grapes, apricots, cheese wedges and pecans on salad greens. Shake dressing again and drizzle over salads. Refrigerate remaining vinaigrette.
Agave Cinnamon Blondies
Makes 16 squaresIngredients:
3/4 cup agave nectar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup cinnamon baking chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped toasted walnutsDirections:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and grease a 9-inch square baking dish.2.In a large mixing bowl, beat agave and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder.3. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix until combined. Fold in cinnamon chips and walnuts. Spread batter into baking dish and bake for 40 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely. Invert onto a cutting board and cut into squares.
More on natural sweeteners
Natural sweeteners are a better choiceWhy you need to get off sugar
Healthy dessert recipes with honeyAlso, there are a mouthwatering array of agave recipes on the SheKnows.com Food and Recipes Channel.