Florida Crystals® Organic Agave Nectar is a delicious and natural liquid sweetener that is made from the nectar, or Aquamiel, of a succulent plant called the Agave, which is native to Mexico. Our agave nectar is made from the organically grown Agave azul or Blue Agave — a species that is known to produce the best quality agave nectar for sweetening.
Since agave nectar is a naturally sweet product, and ranks as having a low glycemic index, it makes for a versatile and ideal sweetener. Low glycemic index foods are an important part of healthy diets as they help to keep energy levels balanced. In addition, agave nectar is a gluten-free product and it contains no allergens.
Agave nectar is purified when it is heated. Depending upon the levels of heating, we are able to produce two flavors - Light Agave Nectar and Amber Agave Nectar (Dark). Light Agave Nectar offers a pure sweetness that will not add any flavor when sweetening beverages or recipes. The Amber Agave Nectar gives a more caramel-like flavor to foods, perfect for sweetening breakfast foods like pancakes, oatmeal or cereal.
2/3 cup Light Agave Nectar is the same
as 1 cup Granulated Sugar; reduce other liquids by 1/4
cup to 1/3 cup.
2/3 cup Amber Agave Nectar is the same as
1 cup Brown Sugar;reduce other liquids
by 1/4 cup.
Baking and Cooking with Agave
The sweetness of either Florida Crystals® Organic Light Agave Nectar or Amber lends itself perfectly for baking and cooking recipes. Since agave nectar is a liquid, it will incorporate easily into favorite desserts. Follow the conversions above.
If there are no added liquids in the recipe, you can increase flour by 1/4 to 1/3 cup to absorb the extra liquid added by the agave nectar. Make sure any solid ingredients, like butter, are softened and that the agave nectar is at room temperature. Also, if the recipe is being sweetened by other ingredients, such as chocolate chips, you may want to use slightly less agave for those recipes. When adding agave to traditional baking recipes, first whip softened butter, then pour the agave in and mix. You would then follow with the eggs.
Since the properties of agave nectar are different from granulated sugar, some baked items may brown quicker. We recommend reducing the oven temperature by 25°F and increase baking time a few minutes. It is also important to note that cookie recipes using agave nectar will not bake crisp, as with sugar. They will have a different cake-like texture, but taste delicious!
Florida Crystals® Organic Agave Nectars are perfect for everyday cooking, such as making salad dressings and to liven up sauces. Because of how easily it mixes into cold beverages, agave nectar is also great for sweetening smoothies and summer drinks. Try our Delicious Recipes for great sweetening ideas using Florida Crystals® Organic Agave Nectars.
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