Maple syrup is well known for items like pancakes and waffles, and it’s not uncommon to see someone pour some high quality maple syrup onto their French toast. It can even be used well in oatmeal and no one would be surprised. But did you know those aren’t the only ways to use maple syrup? In fact, we have 25 unexpected ways to use maple syrup to share with you.
25 Unexpected Ways to Use Maple Syrup
We’ve got some unexpected ways for you to incorporate 100% pure maple syrup to reap the health benefits of this natural sugar loaded with antioxidants. Make sure to scroll to the bottom for some added tips on baking with maple syrup. These tips are sure to help you make your next maple syrup recipe come out fantastic!
- Sweet Potatoes – When cooking sweet potatoes adding maple syrup to a sweet potato can offer a very different flavor profile that is sure to be a hit. You can use this on whole sweet potatoes, roasted ones, or even in mashed sweet potatoes.
- Salad Dressing – Add a touch of flavor to any salad dressing by adding a small amount of maple syrup. This added maple flavor may be just what you need!
- Roast tomatoes – The next time you roast tomatoes use maple syrup to kick up the flavor and pull out the natural sweetness of the tomatoes.
- Baked Brie – Baked brie is a favorite of many when entertaining. Add a special flavor to it with a bit of maple syrup.
- Glaze Salmon – Using a maple syrup glaze on salmon can give it a punch of flavor you didn’t know you wanted!
- BBQ Sauce – Sweeten a homemade BBQ sauce with maple syrup instead of traditional sugar for a more delicious sauce you are sure to love.
- Root Vegetables – Toss your favorite root vegetables in maple syrup before roasting for a beautiful caramelization.
- Pumpkin Butter – Mixing up some pumpkin butter this fall? Add maple syrup to it to bring out the best taste possible!
- Cocktails – When mixing up your favorite alcoholic beverage, add in maple syrup for a sweetness that can’t be beat.
- Coffee or Tea – Leave out the added sugars and manufactured syrups. Instead, use maple syrup for a delicious twist on your favorite coffee or tea.
- Frosting – Frosting can be even better with a bit of maple syrup for flavor. Add in a small amount when making your frosting.
- Parfait – Some parfaits are made with more sour ingredients. Use a bit of maple syrup to soften those sour flavors and make a delicious parfait.
- Ham Glaze – When making your next holiday ham, use a maple syrup glaze as a way to add some new tastes to the meal and give a small touch of sweetness.
- Ice Cream Topping – Did you know maple syrup makes a fabulous topping for ice cream? Whether you add it to a bowl of vanilla or get more adventurous with some pecan praline, you are sure to love it.
- Candied Nuts – Walnuts, almonds, cashews, and more are a party snack that is all too common. Candy these using maple syrup to add a unique touch to your next event.
- Mustard – Mixing a bit of maple syrup with mustard can give you a sweet mustard that is perfect for dipping chicken tenders in.
- Baked Apples – Stuffed apples are a delicious breakfast option. They are even better when baked with maple syrup and filled with your favorite cinnamon oatmeal.
- Cinnamon Rolls – It’s time to change up cinnamon rolls with a new flavor you didn’t know you wanted! Add a bit of maple syrup before wrapping them up or as a drizzle on top to take your cinnamon rolls to the next level.
- Baked Beans – Baked beans can be packed with sugar and use lesser sugars even. Switch out the sugars in your next baked bean recipe with maple syrup. Want to add a special touch? Maple glazed bacon might be just what you need!
- Hot Apple Cider – Looking to sweeten up your favorite hot apple cider? Add a bit of maple syrup as a healthier sweetening option you are sure to enjoy.
- Granola – Toss granola in maple syrup before preparing for a healthier sweet snack. Add this granola to a variety of recipes or enjoy maple granola as a quick snack on a busy day.
- Milkshake – It’s time to change out your old favorite milkshake for a new one you didn’t know you wanted. Use maple syrup when mixing up your next milkshake to add a punch of flavor you’ve been missing out on.
- Quinoa – Quinoa is often seen as a savory dish. However, with a few tweaks you can make a sweet maple syrup breakfast quinoa that is sure to be a hit!
- Fudge – Switch out the peanut butter fudge for a new hit on the dessert table. Make a maple bacon fudge and you are sure to have the perfect mix of savory and sweet that is bound to be a hit.
- Chicken – Use a maple glaze the next time you prepare chicken for a moist and flavorful chicken. Even better, it will be lower on unhealthy sugars and packed with flavor!
3 Tips for cooking with maple syrup
- Replace honey with a 1:1 ratio – If you are using 100% pure maple syrup instead of honey in a recipe, you can replace the same amount that the original recipe calls for.
- Replace sugar by using ¾ cup maple syrup for every cup of sugar in the recipe – It is also important to note that you will need to decrease the liquid ingredients in any recipe by 3 tablespoons for each cup of syrup you use. Because you are adding a liquid instead of a dry ingredient, it is important to make this adjustment.
- Decrease baking temperatures by 25° when cooking with maple syrup – Reduce the temperature because maple syrup caramelizes at a lower temperature than sugar. This will help you to avoid burning items when baking.
Maple Syrup and Coconut?
Plantains and coconut is the perfect combination for a maple syrup pour over… give it a try and let us know what you think.
Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
- 2 plantains (ripe, peeled)
- 2 eggs
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ all-purpose gluten- free flour
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- In a blender combine the plantain, eggs, and salt. Slowly add the flour until everything is well combined.
- Heat coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add ¼ cup of the batter at a time to form pancakes, cooking for about 1 or 2 minutes per side.
- Serve pancakes with your choice of toppings and enjoy!
– Leftovers: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Freeze for up to 2 months.
– Serving Size: One serving equals approximately four pancakes.
– Additional Toppings: Top with Sugarman Pure Vermont Maple Syrup, honey, cinnamon, fresh fruit, chia jam, cottage cheese, nut butter, coconut chips or crushed nuts.
– If you don’t have any all-purpose gluten-free flour: Use all-purpose flour or cassava flour instead.