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How Best to Use Molasses in Porridge and Other Food

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Molasses in Porridge and Other Food


A spoonful of dark, nutritious blackstrap molasses in a bowl of porridge, muesli or rice pudding, can transform the taste and help boost your energy for the day. It could also help if you are on a low calorie diet. Plus you can use molasses in baking to help give depth and texture to breads and cakes.

Watching that slow flow of rich brown liquid sugar from silver spoon to breakfast bowl is a special treat. Use it wisely however - although unrefined it is still a sugar and should not be used by diabetics.

Molasses not only tastes good, it's packed with health giving minerals, vitamins and other essential organic compounds vital for growth and strength. Take a look at the list a little later in this article, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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Three Essential Minerals For Strength


Magnesium

  • helps prevent weakness and irritability
  • strengthens nerve and muscle cells
  • helps with intestinal processes

Manganese

  • strengthens bones
  • helps control harmful free radicals
  • helps vitamin metabolism

Potassium

  • helps keep blood pressure stable
  • helps nutrients into cells
  • aids cell waste removal


These health benefits are based on the correct daily amounts of mineral consumed. Care must be taken never to exceed recommended amounts.

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Minerals in 100g Molasses(from nutritiondata.self.com)

MineralAmount% Daily Recommendation

Calcium

205mg

20%

Iron

4.6mg

26%

Magnesium

242mg

61%

Phosphorus

31mg

3%

Potassium

1464mg

42%

Sodium

37mg

2%

Zinc

0.3mg

2%

Copper

0.5mg

24%

Manganese

1.5mg

77%

Selenium

17.8mcg

25%

Molasses rich porridge.

Molasses rich porridge.

Porridge Oats Analysis


Molasses and porridge are a perfect partnership tastewise. They also provide an excellent start to the day nutritionally. Here is a breakdown for porridge oats:

For 60g oats

  • 220 calories
  • 4.8g of total fat which is ..............8% of daily needs
  • 37g carbohydrates, ................... 12% "
  • 4g fiber, ......................................16% "
  • 6.5g of protein

Protein amounts needed vary from person to person. Latest research shows that between 10-35% of daily calorie intake should come from protein,depending on age, sex and activities/work undertaken.

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Molasses in Cooking


So, you've decided to use molasses in your porridge but what about using it in other ways? Just look at some of the great recipes this versatile liquid sugar is used in:


Fruit Wedding Cake

Molasses Pumpkin Pie

Root Beer Bread

Southern Cooked Greens

Yogurt Pie.

Shoofly Pie


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You can find more food related hubs here:


http://chef-de-jour.hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Make-Real-Vegetarian-Sausages


http://chef-de-jour.hubpages.com/hub/Wholemeal-Loaf-and-Buns-Simple-Fresh-Yeast-Recipe

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Blackstrap Molasses from Paraguay.

Blackstrap Molasses from Paraguay.

Straining the sorghum molasses on a Tennessee farm, 1933.

Straining the sorghum molasses on a Tennessee farm, 1933.

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Comments

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on December 10, 2013:

Yes, this dark rich sugar is really too full of goodness! That's why you have to be careful and sparing with it. Thank you for the visit and comment, I very much appreciate that.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 10, 2013:

I love molasses and this Hub makes my mouth water! I didn´t realize it is shock full of minerals. I think I´d like to drizzle it over my morning bowl of porridge. Thank you for sharing.

stessily on May 04, 2013:

chef-de-jour, Your tribute to molasses is greatly appreciated, especially because it is a favorite ingredient and a favorite condiment for me. I also appreciate this suggestion which you make:

"You can even be creative and make swirly patterns with it, or try and write your name before the flow dries up!"

I indeed do that when drizzling molasses (I also do that with other semi-liquidy condiments such as ketchup).

I love molasses so much and appreciate so much its healthy attributes that I usually have a spoon, straight-up, just about every day.

Also appreciated are the video of molasses brined pork chops and your list of molasses-based recipes, such as molasses pumpkin pie, Southern cooked greens, and root beer bread.

Kind regards, Stessily

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on March 29, 2013:

Thanks for the visit and comment,much appreciated.

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on March 29, 2013:

Thanks for the visit AND COMmENT, much appreciated.

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on March 29, 2013:

Thanks for the comment and visit, much appreciated.

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on March 29, 2013:

Many thanks for the visit and comment moonlake. I've had a half spoonful this very day! Intense.

moonlake from America on March 29, 2013:

I could stand with a spoon in a jar of molasses and eat it. I do use it in cooking mostly for sweet stuff. Voted up and shared.

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on February 09, 2013:

Thanks for the visit and comment pstraubie48. Yep, that molasses taste is a bit overwhelming. Use with care! Fascinating to hear about your father and the sorghum - I put that old black and white photo in the hub cos of the family scene - working to extract the molasses - great image.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 08, 2013:

My Daddy would travel some when I was a child and he always brought home several jars of sorghum molasses, which he adored. I would have a taste of it but it was a bit pungent for my taste. I do like to use it in cooking though...what would a shoofly pie be without molasses.

Lots of information we all should know has been provided here.

Sending Angels your way :) ps

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on February 04, 2013:

Thank you for the visit and comment Om Paramapoonya. Yes molasses is quite versatile and can be used in all sorts of dishes. Good cooking.

Om Paramapoonya on February 04, 2013:

So far I've been baking with molasses only when it's required in recipes. Now I think I might try to use it more often. Thanks for sharing this interesting hub!

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on February 03, 2013:

Much appreciate your share and vote Lizam1.

Andrew Spacey (author) from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on February 03, 2013:

Many thanks for your visit Lizam1. I appreciate that. From since I can remember we've watched it flow into porridge, rice puddings and yes, when mother made cakes and such, into the mix!

Lizam1 from Scotland on February 03, 2013:

I had no idea! I usually buy it for making gingerbread. Thanks for the helpful information. Sharing this one. Voted up.