Maple syrup is a kitchen staple in many homes, for unsurprising reasons. There’s nothing quite like the taste of pure Vermont maple syrup, and it’s a perfect match for a wide variety of dishes. For the love of baked goods (and pancakes, of course), here are four healthy maple syrup recipes, just in time for your fall baking auditions.
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I personally love this maple syrup: it’s perfect for adding rich, caramel flavor to everything from pancakes and French toast to glazes, brines, and BBQ sauce. Since I also love baking (and intend on actually getting myself in the kitchen a little more!), I thought some simple baking recipes featuring maple syrup would be a nice way to ease into a new season.
I do like the word “ease,” especially when it comes to kitchen life.
If the coming autumnal weather inspires you to bring out the cookie sheets and decorate in shades of gold, I hope you find something new to love here.
4 Healthy Maple Syrup Recipes Worth Incorporating Into Your Fall Baking
1. Caramelized Maple Walnuts
Candied walnuts are hard to pass by, especially when they boast two simple ingredients: maple syrup and walnuts. They’re great on their own or as a topping on salads, mixed into oatmeal, or a sweet standout in trail mix.
For an amazing nutty crunch (with zero guilt) check out this recipe for caramelized maple walnuts, featuring 1 cup of walnuts and 1/4 cup maple syrup, joyfully shared by Allie of Through Her Looking Glass.
2. Maple Peanut Butter Fudge
Here’s a naturally vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free fudge alternative starring four ingredients that only takes a few minutes to make (really!). I really like how the creator, Erin, describes this treat: “it’s almost like a cross between caramel and fudge.” Sounds good to me.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/3 cup salted natural peanut butter (or cashew butter for a paleo version)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (unrefined for coconut flavor; refined for no coconut flavor)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For an extra crunch (and a pretty finishing touch), include 1/2 cup chopped roasted salted peanuts or cashews. For the directions (which are so easy), read the original recipe here.The secret ingredient in anything that's good in the world is always love. Click To Tweet
3. No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Though this clearly is a “no bake” recipe, I just couldn’t help but show it some love; peanut butter, oatmeal, and cookies are in the same sentence, after all.
Inspired by her no bake peanut butter granola bars, Demeter from Beaming Baker whipped up some gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, soft and chewy no bake cookies that are cause enough to get me in the kitchen this season.
All you need to make these is:
Here’s the full recipe. Happy no-baking with this one.
4. Healthy Banana Muffins
In honor of every other human being who loves bananas yet is faced, weekly, with the question of what to do with the remaining three “too-ripe-to-eat” bananas, this recipe might be your new answer.
Think: banana bread in muffin form.
Ingredients (and only one mixing bowl required):
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ cup maple syrup or honey
- 2 eggs, preferably at room temperature
- 1 cup packed mashed ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
- ¼ cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling on top
- 1 ¾ cups white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour
- ⅓ cup old-fashioned oats, plus more for sprinkling on top
- 1 teaspoon turbinado (raw) sugar or other granulated sugar, for sprinkling on top
For the full recipe, see the inspiration from Cookie and Kate.
You may also enjoy these vegan dessert recipes (the no-bake cookies here are amazing and also feature maple syrup).
Please share your favorite healthy maple syrup recipes and uses, favorite baking traditions, what you plan on making in the kitchen this fall, and any sweet thoughts with me in the comments.
Share these healthy maple syrup recipes with someone who loves fall, baking, and keeping things simple.
Embrace the simple things in life, for they hold the sweetness of life.