Updated: Mar 31, 2021
Do you love pure maple syrup as much as we do? I think it almost has to be a right of passage to love "this taste of nature" as it is often referred to.
In honour of our local maple syrup producers, we have rounded up some of our favourite maple syrup based recipes. We promise we have tried them all, and that they will not disappoint! We would love to hear your thoughts, if you decide to try out one of the recipes! And if you're just not up for baking, cooking or mixing... you can always just grab a bowl of vanilla ice cream (lactose free, vegan or otherwise), and pour it over top for a Maple Syrup Sundae, or better yet, pour a teaspoon or two into your morning cup of tea!
1. Carrot Cupcakes with Maple Icing
2¼ cups all purpose flour (gluten free options available)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 large eggs
½ cup organic, unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup maple syrup
½ cup almond milk
½ cup melted coconut oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups finely grated carrots
*Because it is easter we added a chocolate egg to make it more festive.
Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease cupcake trays (yields 12-24 cupcakes)
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and then whisk in the applesauce, maple syrup, almond milk, coconut oil, and vanilla. Stir in the carrots.
Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
Pour the batter into the cupcake trays and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
*Recipe Adapted from loveandlemons.com
1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature (can use vegan butter instead)
1/3 cup maple syrup (optional add 1 tsp of pure maple extract)
3-4 cups powdered sugar
Mix syrup and butter until smooth in a large mixing bowl
Add powdered sugar gradually until the mixture becomes the texture of icing (thick and creamy)
Spread on cupcakes and enjoy
2. Maple Glazed Roasted Carrots
2 bunches of fresh, thin, organic carrots (trim off carrot tops, wash/soak and peel)
3 tbsp of olive oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
sprinkle of kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Line baking sheet with tin foil.
Pour half of your olive oil on top of the tin foil on the baking sheet.
Spread prepared carrots onto the foil leaving a small gap around each carrot if possible.
Spread the rest of the olive oil, maple syrup and brown sugar evenly over the carrots.
Bake carrots for up to 1 hour, tossing every 20 minutes.
Plate and serve (sprinkle kosher salt on top if desired as well as a light drizzle of maple syrup).
3. Maple Syrup Whiskey Sour
Once and a while it's fun to pour a fancy cocktail, especially when celebrating a special occasion! And one of our favourites is this fresh take on a whiskey sour from food blogger Cookie and Kate.
1 1/2 oz bourbon or whiskey
1 oz lemon juice
1-2 tsp pure maple syrup
1 pinch cinnamon (to sprinkle on top)
1 lemon slice (for garnish)
Fill a cocktail shaker or mason jar about two-thirds full with ice. Pour in the bourbon/whiskey, lemon juice, and maple syrup. Securely fasten the lid and shake well.
Pour fresh ice into your cocktail glass and strain the cold whiskey sour mixture into the glass. Sprinkle with cinnamon, garnish with lemon...and enjoy!
3. Maple Syrup Stir Fry (Sauce)
Adapted from food blogger She Likes Food
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup soy sauce (gluten free optional)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup sesame oil
1 clove garlic, finely grated
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons starch (arrowroot starch optional)
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
Simply mix all ingredients together in a bowl, or shake it up in a mason jar with lid (to refridgerate if not using right away). Stir fry your fave vegetables, and when it is 3-5 minutes from being finished pour the sauce over the stir-fry and stir for about 3-5 minutes until sauce thickens slightly.
4. Maple Cookies
I have to say, that we have tried a variety of maple cookies, and this maple cookie recipe has to be our favourite!
5. Maple Candies
This simple recipe only requires one ingredient, PURE MAPLE SYRUP. That said, the maple syrup candies featured in this maple candy recipe are a little bit labour intensive, but are well worth it!