Sunday, February 08, 2009

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Hazelnut Flavored Agave Nectar

Hazelnut Agave NectarYou might remember when I first discovered Agave Nectar, a delicious and low-glycemic natural sweetener that's South Beach Diet friendly, and safe for diabetics too. I've been using the light and amber varieties of agave ever since, but recently my friend Georgette introduced me to flavored agave nectar, a new product she discovered at her grocery store. Georgette gave me the Hazelnut Agave above as part of my Christmas present, and I absolutely love it! (Thanks Georgette!) I see by checking the Madhava site that they now make agave in Vanilla, Irish Cream, Amaretto, and Cappuccino flavors as well.

Flavored Agave is such a wonderful idea that I'm adding it to my list of Kalyn's Kitchen Picks, the blog feature where I spotlight foods, kitchen products, and pantry items that really wow me. I've been busy thinking up ideas for the Hazelnut Agave, and tonight I used it to make a great dessert (perfect for Valentine's day) that I'll be sharing this week. After I've written that post, I'll come back and add the link here so people can find it, as well as other ideas I come up with for the other flavored agave varieties. Meanwhile, if anyone has good ideas for using any of the varieties of agave nectar, please let us know about it in the comments.

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20 comments:

Alisa (@ GoDairyFree.org said...

I hadn't seen this product, sounds yummy!

Katie said...

I haven't seen it yet, either. I use their regular Agave and love it, and I'll definitely have to look for the flavors. Thanks for telling us about it and I can't wait for your dessert!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I've been using the original agave nectar flavors since I discovered them on your site. Now there are new flavors to try? What fun! I'm thinking that the cappucino flavor might be a big hit in my house.

ttfn300 said...

holy cow i've never seen such things, but you got me really excited :)

Kalyn said...

Alisa,I'm loving it!

Katie, dessert coming later today if all goes as planned. (First, have to teach school!)

Lydia, this one is great in coffee, but I bet cappuccino would also be good for that, plus great on ice cream of frozen yogurt.

ttfn300, I bet you'll like it!

Anonymous said...

I love the hazelnut flavor and have used it in my coffee for quite a while. Thinking the cappuccino would be even better, I tried it and thought it was terrible. Maybe just me, so would love to hear others comments.

Mom on the Run said...

I also saw that they had different flavors. I went to many store this weekend and couldn't find it. I wanted to use it as a flavoring in my coffee.

It would be great on my Steel Cut Oats!

Pam said...

I love agave nectar, it is the only thing I use in my tea now! I'll have to look for this!

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

I am so excited about this as I use Agave nectar all the time in my recipes - but now the possibilities are endless with all these flavors!! I will keep an eye out for these in the store!!

Paz said...

Cool! I'll have to look for this.

Paz

Mrs. L said...

I use Agave Nectar all the time now, so I'll have to look up the new flavors. Thanks for the tip!

Kalyn said...

I got to thinking about whether this will be hard for people to find (since I don't shop at the same store as Georgette, and haven't seen it at my store yet.) I did find lots of places to order it online if anyone is interested.

Jude said...

Recently tried agave nectar recently and I've been liking it so far. Glad to know I have other flavor options like this.

The Topiary Lady said...

I haven't seen it here yet. I use agave nectar exclusively as a sweetener in our home. I have 4 boys and they prefer it to sugar!! I use it in my coffee with some raw cream. The hazelnut flavor some awesome to put in coffee.

I alter any recipe that I find to use agave nectar and whole grain spelt flour with great success! I still have to find a good chocolate chip cookie. I too, use endangered species chocolate.

My husband had a yeast overgrowth in his digestive system from years of taking antibiotics as a kid. Agave is the only sweetener that I can use for his diet.

Thanks for sharing your recipes. I look forward to checking out your site.

www.thetopiarylady.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I was able to find Madhav's Amoretto and Vanilla flavors at Sunflower Farmer's Market here in the Denver area. Love the Amoretto in coffee or mixed into yogurt; not really crazy about the vanilla.

Those of you who also use stevia: the Sweet Leaf company makes flavored versions of their liquid stevia -- English Toffee, Valencia Orange and (my absolute favorite) Chocolate-Raspberry.

If you haven't used stevia products before, our nutritionist feels that stevia and agave are equally safe for most people, while stevia is effectively zero calories. If you find it in liquid form, you may think it's kind of expensive. But it's so concentrated that Sweet Leaf bottles come with an eye dropper. A little goes a very long way.

Anonymous said...

Your newest post on the flavored agave was enough to get me to finally pick up the original! Glad I did. I have had wonderful luck with your vendor picks over the past two years checking in on your blog, as well as enjoyed some great meal, food blog and cookbook influences from you. Thank you so much for helping me maintain my own South Beach success!

Cynthia said...

Ouuuu, I did not know they come in flavours too. Got to check it out. I have just been using the regular one.

Lauren said...

With 17 grams carbohydrates from sugar, how is agave safe for diabetics? It is metabolized by the liver (fructose) so it does not cause a rise in insulin, but with the incidence of fatty liver disease in Western countries (probably due to high FRUCTOSE corn syrup), it seems like we should be using these products with caution. Just fyi, Kalyn. I really enjoy your blog and am making those triple almond cookies soon!

Kalyn said...

Lauren I've found numerous sources saying that agave is safe for diabetics, since the natural fructose it contains is the the fructose found in fruit (this is not the same as the chemical fructose created in HFCS.) There is more about this in the comments for this post at BlogHer.

One thing that's certain is that the glycemic index of Agave nectar is significantly lower than other types of sugar, and most recipes only call for a small amount. I think that's much different than the problem with HFCS, where there are huge amounts of it in some commercial products.

Certainly if you are a diabetic, I would check with my doctor.

Kalyn said...

BTW, I was curious so I checked and the brand of agave nectar I talk about in this post has 15 grams of sugar per T.

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