It is now clear that the coconut can be used in many different ways. Unlike coconut blossom sugar, coconut blossom syrup is not yet very well known, although coconut blossom sugar is still a rarity in our latitudes. As an alternative to other sweeteners, coconut blossom syrup can also be used to sweeten food in addition to coconut blossom sugar. The syrup from the nectar of the coconut blossom is offered either in glass or in crushing bottles.
What exactly is coconut blossom syrup?
Coconut blossom syrup is an alternative to sugar syrup. For production, the inflorescences are tapped by coconut palms. However, only so much is harvested that the palm still has enough energy for the production of further coconut fruits. After the nectar is obtained, it is boiled until the syrup is produced.
A really good organic coconut blossom syrup shimmers in a brownish tone similar to honey and has a light caramel aroma. Coconut blossom sugar does not contain any colouring, preservatives or other additives. In most cases, it comes from the Philippines and is exported from there to the whole world.
Coconut blossom syrup is suitable for cooking and baking. Delicious drinks can also be prepared with him. Its price is above that of normal sugar syrup, but the nutrients and vitamins in coconut blossom syrup are not without.
Coconut blossom syrup – ingredients and nutritional values
Coconut blossom syrup is extracted from the nectar of the coconut blossoms and cooked into syrup in a gentle process. Due to the gentle production, the healthy vitamins and minerals (e.g. potassium, magnesium, zinc) are preserved. As with coconut blossom sugar, coconut blossom syrup has a low glycemic index, and the syrup is vegan and gluten-free.
If coconut blossom syrup is well closed, it can be kept at room temperature for about two years.
The average nutritional values for 100 grams of coconut blossom syrup are as follows:
|Energy||1,228 kJ / 289 kcal|
|fat||< 0.1 grams|
|of which saturated fatty acids||< 0.1 grams|
|of which sugar||58.9 grams|
How healthy is coconut blossom syrup?
There is no blanket answer to the question of whether and how healthy coconut blossom syrup is. Compared to commercially available sugar syrup, however, it has some advantages to offer.
Although coconut blossom syrup contains almost as many calories as sugar beet syrup, the glycemic index of about 35 is so low that coconut blossom syrup is also suitable for diabetics.
Like coconut blossom sugar, the syrup from the nectar of coconut blossoms should also help to mitigate craving attacks.
Where to buy coconut blossom syrup and what to consider?
Those who have never used coconut blossom syrup are, of course, right to wonder where best to buy it and what to look out for. So far, the syrup from the coconut blossoms is not very often found in shops. With a bit of luck, however, it can be found in health food stores, organic shops or drugstores such as DM or Rossmann. Also on the internet there is the delicious syrup.
As a “newcomer” you should pay attention to whether it is a classic coconut syrup or a coconut blossom syrup. The former is usually a sugar syrup, which has been mixed with an aroma or coconut flavor and is usually used for baking or preparing cocktails. Real coconut blossom syrup, however, hardly tastes like coconut, but rather neutral or lightly caramel. Organic coconut blossom syrup that contains no additives, flavours or colourings should of course be preferred to other products. In addition, care should be taken to ensure that production is gentle.
Recipes with coconut blossom sugar and coconut blossom syrup
Coconut blossom sugar and syrup are excellent sweeteners. Whether in coffee or as a sweetener in baked goods – both sugar and syrup are ideal for refining a wide variety of dishes. The alternative sweeteners can be given not only for desserts, but also for meat or fish dishes.
The Pia Colada – The Classic
Among the cocktails, the Pia Colada is probably the classic. Not only is it delicious, but it can also be prepared with a light caramel note without conventional sugar syrup. The sugar syrup is simply replaced by coconut blossom syrup. Required:
- 6 cl Jamaican Rum
- 4 cl coconut milk
- 12 cl pineapple juice
- 2 cl coconut blossom syrup
With enough ice, the ingredients are all mixed in a shaker and then filled into a cocktail glass.
The following ingredients are required for the balsamic vinaigrette, which can be prepared quickly:
- 6 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tablespoons coconut blossom syrup
- 2 tbsp white balsamic
- 1 tbsp TK herb mixture
- Salt, pepper
For the vinaigrette, all ingredients are simply mixed together and tasted with salt and pepper. If you don’t want to, you can add the ingredients individually to the salad without stirring, starting with the olive oil, coconut blossom syrup, balsamic vinegar and herbs. The salad is then stirred once and tasted with salt and pepper.
Banana blueberry pancakes with coconut blossom sugar
The following ingredients are required for the delicious banana-blueberry pancakes:
- 150 grams of spelt flour
- 50 grams buckwheat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 ripe banana
- 100 ml nut milk
- 2 tbsp coconut blossom sugar
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- a handful of fresh blueberries (alternatively: frozen)
- a pinch of sea salt
First crush the banana in a large bowl and whisk with the egg, then add the flours, baking powder, coconut blossom sugar and salt. The nut milk is then stirred until the dough is liquid enough. Finally, the blueberries are under-lifted.
Melt the coconut oil in a pan and then add 3 tablespoons of dough to the pan for a small pancake and roast until golden brown.
Apple pie with almonds and coconut blossom sugar
The following ingredients are required for the vegan apple pie:
- 160 grams spelt flour
- 40 grams of virgin coconut oil
- 1 tbsp linseed red and 2 tbsp warm water
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 30 grams ground almonds
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 10 tbsp coconut blossom sugar (for the dough)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 large apples
- 100 ml almond milk
- 2 tbsp almond pieces
- 1 tbsp coconut blossom sugar (to add)
- a pinch of salt
First, the oven is preheated to 180 degrees circulating air (upper/lower heat 200 degrees, gas level 3). In a small bowl, the linseed red is then mixed with the water and set aside. Place the coconut oil in a springform pan and place in the oven until the oil has liquefied.
In a large bowl, mix flour, coconut blossom sugar, baking, vanilla and cinnamon powder and salt. In another small bowl, mix together the milk, the liquid coconut oil and maple syrup and add the flaxseed mass underneath. The liquid ingredients are now placed in the large bowl and whisked well into a dough.
Now the apples are washed (peeled at will), quartered, cored and then cut into narrow crevices. The dough is poured into the springform pan and covered with the apple clefts. Then come the almond clefts, some cinnamon, coconut blossom sugar and some maple syrup. The cake must now bake for 20 minutes and tastes warm especially delicious.
For the men we have a very special tip: If you like to grill, you can try the coconut charcoal. More information about coconut charcoal here!