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Molasses Substitutions

Aug 10, 2010

Molasses is often used as an ingredient in cakes, cookies, and pies. These foods are often touted as being dangerous for people who are concerned about their weight or their health. So what does this mean about molasses? While molasses is not as bad for you as some other foods, when eaten in large quantities, its high sugar content can lead to the development of numerous dangerous conditions. This article discusses three foods that can be used as an alternative to molasses.

Applesauce

Applesauce makes a great, healthy alternative to molasses. While applesauce does not necessarily provide the same amount of sweetness as traditional molasses does, it still provides the same moist texture to foods when used as an ingredient. In addition, applesauce makes a great substitute for molasses due to the fact that it contains high amounts of several important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. In addition, applesauce has quite a bit of fiber, which is essential for the treatment and prevention of obesity, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. For best results, look for an applesauce that is low in sugar and calories. If your local grocery store does not contain healthier types of applesauce, you may want to consider making your own. Simply place some peeled and sliced apples into a large pot with water, cinnamon, and a few tablespoons of sugar. Heat until boiling, and then reduce the heat and allow the sauce to thicken. This homemade applesauce will be as delicious as it is nutritious.

Yogurt

Yogurt is another food that can be used as a replacement for molasses. Like applesauce, yogurt doesn't necessarily have a similar taste to molasses, but when used in cooking and baking has similar properties. In addition to being a great source of calcium, yogurt contains healthy proteins, making it a great alternative for vegetarians. When using yogurt as an alternative to molasses in cooking and baking, be sure to strain it in order to achieve optimal results. Place a square of cheesecloth over a large bowl, and pour the yogurt over the cheesecloth. Allow all of the liquids to strain through the cheese cloth overnight--and all of the products that remain can be used for cooking. For the healthiest source of yogurt, look for brands that are made with low or non fat milk--these types of yogurt will not only help prevent against the development of obesity, but will also prevent certain chronic diseases, such as stroke or cancer.

Honey

Honey is probably the food that is closest in taste and texture to that of molasses, and therefore makes a great substitute. When choosing honey as an alternative to molasses, it is important to remember that honey contains high amounts of sugar, which can be dangerous if you are diabetic or prediabetic, or are concerned about your current weight status. Try to use only a small amount of honey when preparing foods in order to ensure that they are as healthy as possible.

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