The other day, walking through the local Meijer’s store I noticed a new product on the shelf – Agave In The Raw™. A week later I received an email asking me if I would like to try a sample of a new product called Agave in the Raw™, sure why not. I didn’t know much about the product so I did a little research on their website www.agaveintheraw.com and found out that agave is the nectar of the Blue Agave plant found inMexico – it looks like a big pointed cactus. The people ofMexico have been using it as a sweetener for centuries. I also found out that agave nectar is about 25% sweeter than sugar – so you can use less. It has a unique flavor, somewhat like honey. It is a good alternative to maple syrup or honey. The Agave In The Raw™ product is 100% natural and USDA certified organic. It comes from the makers of Sugar In The Raw® and Stevia In The Raw®
With my sample in hand I looked through their website for recipe idea’s – there were a handful of yummy looking recipes but I decided to try the nectar on one of my own recipes for granola that normally calls for maple syrup. Before I started I visited the baking tip section of the website to figure out how to substitute the maple syrup for Agave In The Raw™. I found out I needed less than what the recipe called for and also I may not have to bake it as long.
I’m happy to say that I was pleased with the results. The granola had a really good flavor to it and browned nicely. I have also used it drizzled on my yogurt.
Home Made Granola
2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
½ cup of sunflower seeds
½ cup slivered almonds
¾ cups of yellow raisins
¾ cups dried cherries
¼ cup flaked coconut
Zest from one lemon or orange
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup butter
½ cup Agave In the Raw nectar
Preheat over to 300 degree’s and set out 1 or 2 baking pan with sides.
In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients, stir well. Then in a small sauce pan melt the butter and then add the nectar – give it a quick stir to mix well and then remove from heat. Drizzle over the granola and mix well to coat. Place in the baking sheets in a thin layer. Place in over and stir occasionally. I checked mine after 10 minutes and stirred it. Bake until the mixture takes on a nice golden color (mine took about 25 minutes total – keep an eye on it).
For more information on this product please visit www.agaveintheraw.com
Disclosure: I received a free sample of Agave In The Raw™ for review purposes. All opinions are honest and 100% my own.