Sweeten your day with a drizzle of agave nectar, the golden plant-based syrup that’s a favorite among bakers and dessert-lovers alike.
Made from the blue agave cactus, the same plant used to make tequila, agave nectar is sometimes called blue agave syrup. All natural, with nothing else added, agave used to make spirits is allowed to ferment until the sugars turn into alcohol, whereas agave used to make syrup is boiled down, concentrated, and bottled as is.
Most mainstream grocery stores will stock at least two or three types of agave in the baking aisle, while more robust natural grocers can carry a dozen different brands. These are the four unique grades of agave syrup you need to know.
Agave is often compared to honey for their similar floral taste and golden color. The primary difference is that agave is thinner in viscosity than honey and has a more concentrated sweetness. It’s still a great vegan alternative to animal-based honey and can be substituted at a 1:1 ratio.
Any recipe that calls for a liquid sweetener can be adapted to use agave instead. For more ideas on incorporating this natural sugar alternative into your daily diet, here are some more sweet ideas.
Add agave to your shopping list and stock up on the best syrup! These are the best agave nectar options you should know.
One of the most established brands on the market Mahava Foods keeps it clean and simple with light agave, organic agave, and amber agave, all available in bottles that range from 11.75oz all the way up to 46oz.
Best known for their wide range of flavored syrups, Monin also offers organic agave with nothing else added.
Add a splash of flavor with vanilla, peppermint, lavender, and more! Soviia also produces a “Better Cocoa” chocolate syrup that starts with an agave nectar base.