Meet my new ”golden milk type” version, molasses milk. I wouldn’t go so far by saying: move over golden milk, because I really love my golden milk. However this molasses milk makes a very good second place. As you have read here black strap molasses is one of the healthiest natural sweeteners so why not turn it into a milk, right? Perfect for that time of the month ladies…. and (your) kiddos will love it too! I came up with this recipe because I wanted to create a comforting warming drink with for example iron and molasses showed up high on my list due to its slight sweetness. You can read here where to find iron on a plant-based diet.
Molasses is one of the healthiest sweeteners (and also an underutilized sweetener), but like I said it this article this does not mean you can eat a jar of it per day. Use your common sense and be extra careful when you are a (former) sugar addict.
What is blackstrap molasses?
Although molasses is a byproduct of the sugar production and actually processed (since it is made from crushing sugar cane and cooking down the liquid that is extracted) I try to incorporate this sweetener in my diet (in moderation). Just enough to reap the benefits. Especially during that time of the month…;)
I’m not a fan of processed food, but I’m sure a fan of nutrients.
Molasses is actually surprisingly high in nutrients for a sweetener that goes through a few rounds of cooking. Compared to refined white sugar, which only contains simple carbohydrates, molasses has a good amount of nutrients. And also a high amount of antioxidants as compared to other refined sweeteners. And no, it’s not as sweet as sugar. The taste reminds me a bit of liquorice.
Some people swear by taking in a daily spoon of molasses for many ailments. And did you know that molasses is a great home remedy for women? It is a natural product that can relieve menstrual cramps and reduce fatigue during menstruation. The reason is the iron content that can be beneficial during blood loss. Natural remedies over supplements? Yes, please!
This molasses milk is a delicious, warming and inexpensive way to incorporate some healthful nutrients. Serve it warm during the cooler months or (just like with golden milk) serve it cold during the summer months over ice or as an ice cream.
✔️ High in iron
✔️ High in calcium & potassium
✔️ Has the lowest sugar content of any product made from sugar cane
✔️ Bittersweet liquorice flavor
Just like I said in this article about what the best sweetener is, at the end of the day sugar is still sugar. If you feel worried about your sugar levels there is a little trick though. You can add- coconut oil (a medium chain triglyceride fat) so you not only boost the health benefits, but may also help control blood sugar levels.
This iron loaded molasses milk is a delight any time of the year when you need a nutrient boost.
TIP: This recipe is super kid-friendly. Because well, if your kiddo(s) need some extra nutrients such as iron it might be a challenge to have them take a spoonful of thick blackstrap molasses, right? This drink is perfect for that!
- 1 cups almond milk (any milk will do)
- 1 tablespoon unsulfured blackstrap molasses
- optional: ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon and/or vanilla
- optional: 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Heat all of the ingredients in a small sauce pan over medium heat until warmed but not boiling. Whisk until the coconut oil has melted and the molasses is mixed throughout the milk. If you want a frothy topping add the milk to a blender and blend for 10-15 seconds. Serve immediately or store in an airtight jar in the fridge.