On most days my diet is quite simple - real food made with eggs, avocados, meats and vegetables. I rarely crave foods like pizza, bread or sweet treats but when I do, I know there are healthy alternatives for most of the foods I love. Over the years, I've developed all sorts of low-carb recipes both for my blog, apps and cookbooks including keto bread, tortillas, crackers, pizza, pies and tarts, ice-cream, and even caramel sauce.
I always wanted to create healthy low-carb, keto honey and maple syrup that can be used even on a keto and paleo diet. I recently discovered Sukrin Syrup which was perfect for this purpose. I first used it to make sugar-free honey and then maple syrup. I instantly thought of making honey by mixing Sukrin Syrup with bee pollen. I know that bee pollen is not a common ingredient but it is what makes the syrup taste like honey.
Sukrin Syrups are made with prebiotic fibers called isomaltooligosaccharides (IMO). IMO are a healthier option to sugar and can be used in moderation. However, I wouldn't recommend them for those with severe blood sugar issues. You can read more in my review of Sukrin products.
My next task is also challenging! As I mentioned in this podcast, I've been working on grain-free pasta that is also suitable for the ketogenic diet. Once I'm happy with the result, I'll share my recipe with you :-)
Note for KetoDiet App Users: This ingredient has been added to the KetoDiet food database.
Nutritional values (per tbsp/ 20 g/ 0.7 oz):
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Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (67%), protein (19%), fat (14%)
Ingredients (makes ~ ¾ cup):
- Place the bee pollen in a blender (I used this one from Bamix)...
- ... together with a tablespoon of warm water and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Pulse until creamy. Add another tablespoon of water if needed. Add Sukrin Syrup ...
- ... and pulse until disolved.
- Pour in a container and keep at room temperature. Close with a lid to prevent it from drying out.
Use just like honey - in smoothies or drizzled over pancakes and waffles :-)
Below are my unsuccessful attempts. The jar on the left doesn't include water and the bee pollen grains didn't dissolve properly. The jar on the right is made with double the amount of bee pollen which resulted in very concentrated honey with bitter aftertaste. I won't waste these ingredients - I'm still planning to use these batches in smoothies and other recipes :-)