Sunday, December 11, 2011

Madhava Organic Coconut Sugar Review


 
I have a new kind of sugar to tell you about called Madhava Organic Coconut Sugar that is made with coconut and it is all organic! Now, I know you are thinking what in the heck would I do with a sugar that tastes like coconut? Well, you really don't taste the coconut, honest, you really don't! I got this great sugar in three forms:

1. 1 pound bag of Organic Coconut Sugar
2. Several shaker jars of Organic Coconut Sugar
3. 1 jar of Agave Nectar in Light
4. 1 coupon to purchase another jar of Agave Nectar

I was really impressed with how much they sent and also found out that you don't have to use as much as sugar to get the same sweet taste! Now, I did try the sugar in my tea and coffee and wasn't too crazy about it but boy, oh boy, does it taste awesome sprinkled on fresh strawberries cut up and served with just the coconut sugar! We really loved it on the strawberries! I also found out that it tastes awesome on top of oatmeal too! I love peaches 'n cream oatmeal and I sprinkle a little granola in there too and then I added the coconut sugar and it took my ordinary oatmeal to a whole new level.

I can tell you what was good with our tea & coffee and that was the Agave Nectar in Light! Wow, it was nice and sweet and we did not have to use as much to get it that way either. That was the best part. I also used the Agave Nectar in some of my cookies that I made over the holidays. They sent me a few recipes along in my package and I made the Fruit & Nut Granola Bars and used the Agave Nectar in them and it was awesome. I also used the Coconut Sugar on the Coconut Lime Bars. Now, if you love coconut, these bars are off the charts! Actually, here is the recipe:

Crust:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup room temperature butter
1/4 cup Madhava Blonde Coconut Sugar
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt

Filling:
4 eggs
1 cup Madhava Light Agave Nectar
4 limes juiced (about 1/2 cup)
4 Tablespoons flour
1 Tablespoon lime zest
1/2 Teaspoon baking powder

Top before baking with 1 cup flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine first five ingredients and spread on bottom of greased 8 by 8 inch baking dish. Bake for 10-12 minutes. While crust is baking, whisk all filling ingredients together until thick and lump free. Once crust is baked, remove from oven, pour in filling, sprinkle with coconut and return to oven. Reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake for 23 to 28 minutes or until just set. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Garnish with a dusting of powdered sugar. (optional) Here is what they should look like:

You can go to Madhava's Recipe section and get more like this one. This is really a good organic sugar and sweetener to try if you are interested in organics or if you need to cut your sugar for whatever reason. Give it a try and see if works for you.

Here is a little background on Madhava:
Madhava Natural Sweeteners is dedicated to providing natural and healthier alternatives to highly processed, refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. We currently offer three product lines for your sweetening needs: Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Coconut Sugar and Pure Honey.

Founded in 1973 in Boulder - the birthplace of the natural foods industry - Madhava Natural Sweeteners is a true legacy natural foods brand, and is a company unlike any other. Madhava is a Sanskrit word meaning "Born of Honey" or "Born of Light" which is a derivation of the Sanskrit word madhu meaning "sweet". We believe it is the perfect name for a true, natural foods company born out of the simple love for the sweet life!

With the help of some food-loving "hippie" friends, Madhava Founder Bart Utley purchased a small, but scenic farm with a 100-year-old farmhouse, southeast of Longmont, Colorado in 1973. Eager to get started, he moved right in and began business. Resourceful and conscientious, the entire place was built from salvaged and recycled materials. The farm and beekeeping operations were run by Bart Utley, and honey was purchased from local beekeepers.

In 1976, Craig Gerbore was hired and ran it as a one-man operation, until just recently. And although he is no longer involved in day-to-day beekeeping operations, Craig is still involved in steering, guiding and advising Madhava Natural Sweeteners.
Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The photo's used in this review were provided by me and my sometimes cranky camera but it was all me with just one picture copied off of Madhava's Recipe section.

5 comments:

yanswim888 said...

What an interesting product!

TheVegan said...

It's surprising all the things you can use coconut for. I love coconut milk and shredded coconut,so I'd probably love this too! Also great that it's organic.

Rose-Marie said...

I had just written notes to myself to google more info about coconut sugar - I'm SOOO glad I see this post! EXCELLENT JOB!! You've truly answered all my questions and more! I'm interested in trying it, but don't want to waste ingredients on things that aren't as likely to come out good. You just made my whole day!! maybe more!!! thank u!!

desitheblonde said...

thsi does sound good and then i have to change the food i have to eat and tehing i drink

Dorothy Teel said...

I would not of thought of Coconut sugar, but I agree it is probaly great on fresh cut up fruit. I appreciate your sharing this information with us...