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Since Hugh wrote about molasses I figure I’d post a recipe with molasses in it. I personally find the taste of molasses a bit strong and overpowering, but adding it in small amounts to recipes really adds a little something! These cookies are gluten free and vegan, and so delicious. They are really crispy and full of flavor.

Enjoy!

You’ll need

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup agave nectar
  • 3 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1-1/3 cups rice flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions
Melt the coconut oil in a pan on the stove, and cool slightly. Add sugar and molasses, mix well.
In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together and add to the pan. Mix well.
Chill dough for about an hour in the fridge. Once chilled, form into walnut-size balls, place on greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 8-10 minutes.

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molasesUntil recently I was under the impression that Molasses was probably not a healthy thing considering it is a by-product of sugar. After making a comment about it to Shirley she let me know that it actually contains many vitamins and minerals, so I decided to look into it and purchase a bottle from the grocery store. I’m always really excited when I stumble upon interesting and healthy products like this, especially when they’re a healthier alternative to sugar. There are many other options when it comes to sweeteners and I feel everyone should know about them. The body doesn’t need refined sugar and as most people probably realize, after you consume it and the initial sugar rush wears off, you feel terrible. So, if the body doesn’t need it, why eat it? Considering how bad refined sugar is for you, I have no problem paying a little extra for a great product like organic black strap molasses.

Black strap molasses is filled with various vitamins, minerals and trace elements that are found in the sugar cane plant. It is a good source of potassium, iron, B6, magnesium, calcium and also contains chromium, selenium, manganese and copper. I’m a HUGE fan of B vitamins, so it’s nice to see B6 making an appearance! Because of its iron content it has been stated that it is good for women to take 1-2 tablespoons a day. Personally, I take a couple tablespoons a day, one in my morning protein/fruit shake and one before I work out at night. I’ve noticed an increase in my energy levels, which I attribute to the black strap molasses.

Molasses also happens to be multi talented. It can be used as a chelating agent to remove rust, as a base material for fermentation into rum and as a small component of mortar for brickwork. Shisha, the flavoured tobacco smoked through a hookah, also contains molasses. Another impressive use for it is that it can be added to the soil of most plants to stimulate microbial activity.

A 472 ml bottle of organic, fair trade, unsulfured black strap molasses can be found for about $6 at Loblaws.


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