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Raw Vanilla Bean Infused Agave Nectar

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This delicious, do-it-yourself vanilla infused agave nectar is a wonderful addition to have in your kitchen pantry.

It’s a great way to impart a hint of vanilla to your favorite recipes.  You can use your favorite jar or bottle, keeping it for yourself or sharing it as a gift.

Aaaaah agave….

The mother of all-things-controversial in the land of sweeteners.  This is one road that I don’t care to travel. Is it raw?  yes…no.  Is it equivalent to corn syrup? yes…no.  It is a healthier choice? yes…no!  I have seen this sweetener cause some really heated debates on web-sites.

Agave is sweet without character.

Agave has a distinct flavor, that is clean, clear… basically a dimensionless sweetness.  It’s sweet without character.  When I first started creating raw recipes, agave was the rage, agave was the main sweetener recommended… times change and ingredients change.  It is rare that I eat foods that are sweetened unless with just stevia.  But that is me, I have omitted sugars from diet for the past year and I really don’t have much intention to bring them back.  That is my own journey.

But my husband on the other hand, enjoys his sweets, but we like to treat them like “celebratory foods,” not everyday foods. Therefore, I use many different sweeteners that range from dried fruits, to honey, coconut syrup and even maple syrup (just to list a few).  I like to limit and alternate them, using them for their not only their texture but also for the multidimensional flavors.

Once again, I refuse to get caught in this web and my best advice is to do your homework.  Every sweetener has its pluses and minuses.  I will share some links just to get your investigative juices flowing:

  • Raw Xagave Syrup: http://www.xagave.com/dispelling-agave-myths.html
  • Agave Processing: http://theioaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/agave_processing_chart.pdf
  • Is agave safe? http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/is-agave-nectar-safe/
  • The truth about agave: http://www.living-foods.com/articles/agave.html

Ingredients:

  • raw agave nectar
  • 3 vanilla beans or left over vanilla pod halves from recipes that used only the seeds

Preparation:

  1. Place vanilla bean pods in container and  fill with agave.
  2. Enjoy this great tasting, low glycemic syrup however you see fit!
  3. Store in your pantry and keep adding additional agave as needed.

Over time the vanilla beans will start to lose their potency.  You can discard them when this happens and add more beans.  I don’t keep track of how many vanilla pods I add.  In time I just keep adding more agave and pods as I use them up.

9 thoughts on “Raw Vanilla Bean Infused Agave Nectar

  1. Sathya says:

    Thanks so much for your beautiful website. I was wondering how many ounces of agave you are using for 3 vanilla beans?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Sathya…. I don’t have exact measurements on keeping this recipe going. I used a 10 oz glass jar and 3 beans, but it really doesn’t matter… I keep adding more pods and more agave while I use it. I never worry about the ratio between the two. Does that make sense? Have a wonderful week! amie sue

  2. Sathya says:

    Yes, thanks….

  3. Mozelle says:

    I love your site and the recipes I’ve tried are delicious. You’re the best raw chef I’ve found on the net. You definitely get my vote! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Mauricio Ballesteros says:

    Hello;
    Great recipie, I will try it right away. I am an agave lover, and I wonder if you have any other recipies like this.
    I have found in the market that there are some agave with certain flavours such as cinnamon, or other (for me less attractive) like almonds or hazelnut.
    Have you made some other infussions with agave.

    Thanks,
    Mauricio

    • amie-sue says:

      I have always meant to Mauricio but haven’t. I would be fairly easy though. I would put cinnamon sticks into a bottle of agave… that would be heavenly! have a wonderful evening, amie sue

  5. robert senecal says:

    hi, I cannot find agave nectar, how can I make nectar with agave syrup ?

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