Made from sugar cane boiled three times, Blackstrap Molasses is a super-nutritious food that's great for those of us who are looking for a non-animal source of iron. In addition to iron, Blackstrap molasses contains high levels of calcium, magnesium, and b-vitamins.
Although it's made from sugar cane, blackstrap molasses is not very sweet, as most of the sucrose from the sugar has been boiled out of it. So, while swallowing a spoonful every day might not be too appealing, molasses can be a great nutritional addition to your baking! I recently found a recipe for an incredibly simple molasses bread. With a total of 5 ingredients, this bread throws together in a snap. The molasses adds tons of nutritional value and a mild flavor, so this plain bread can be sweetened (or savoried!) to your liking with honey, peanut butter, greek yogurt--let your imagination go wild!
Simple Molasses Bread
- 2 1/2 cups white or wheat flour
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup organic unsulphured blackstrap molasses + 1/4 cup molasses
- 1/2 cup hot water
- pinch salt
- Mix together flour, baking soda, vegetable oil, salt, and molasses to form crumbly mixture
- Set aside one cup of mixture
- In small bowl, mix together hot water and extra 1/4 cup molasses
- Stir water and molasses mixture into crumbly mixture
- Pour batter into 9 inch buttered pan. Add crumbly mixture to top.
- Bake for 30 min in a 375 degree oven
Adapted from Cait Johnson's "Witch in the Kitchen" cookbook.