Coconut Sugars - A Healthier Choice
April 27, 2020 Report
I switched away from white sugar years ago. Instead, in all my baking, coconut sugar is my go to, along with pure maple syrup, raw honey, and more recently, Monkfruit. Up to now though, I only knew of coconut sugar in one standard form. Recently though, I had the pleasure of trying 5 different kinds from Ecoideas, as well as a new to me form of Monkfruit. So far, I've been thrilled at the results in my kitchen! The recipe below uses Ecoideas Organic Dark Brown Coconut Sugar. The natural rich flavour, with a hint of caramel, is perfect for these Butterscotch Bacon Cookies.
So, is Coconut Sugar really a healthier choice over refined white sugar? In a word, yes! Regular sugar contains no nutrients whatsoever, and (depending on where it's made) may be refined using products you wouldn't otherwise consume. Ecoideas Coconut Sugars are made from the nectar of the flowers from the coconut tree. This is a sustainable procedure that does not harm the tree. That pure, unrefined nectar is then crystalized to create a natural sugar. Coconut Sugar contains trace amounts of iron, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, polyphenols, antioxidants, and fiber, and is slightly lower on the glycemic index than white sugar. Ecoideas Dark Brown Coconut Sugar is Organic, unrefined, additive free, and sustainably grown and harvested. Use it as a 1:1 substitute for sugar. Moderation is still key, of course.
Butterscotch Bacon Cookies
Prepare 6 slices bacon (fry, bake, whatever your preference and whatever type of bacon you like).
In medium bowl, add 1/2C oat flour (I just pop 1/2C oats in a mini food processor and pulse until it resembles a course flour), 2C flour (quarantine baking here, so I used a few: 1/4C quinoa flour, 3/4C organic spelt flour, and 1C Bobs Redmill 1:1 All Purpose Gluten Free Flour), 1tsp baking powder, 1/2tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp fine sea salt. Stir or gently whisk to combine. In mixer, beat 1C softened butter with 1/2C Ecoideas Monkfruit with Xylitol Sweetener (or your choice of sugar), and 3/4C Ecoideas Coconut Sugar ( I used Dark Brown, but any will work) until smooth. Add 2 eggs, and 2tsp vanilla. Beat until well combined.
Add flour mixture, a little at a time, until well mixed. Add 1C butterscotch chips and crumbled bacon. Stir to combine. Chill dough until firm.
Use 1.5" cookie scoop or heaping Tbsp and place dough 2" apart on greased or parchment covered baking sheet. Bake in 350F oven for 12-15min, until edges are golden brown. Cool for few minutes on baking sheet, then use spatula to transfer to cooling rack. Enjoy right away or freeze for later.