Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Low G.I. Blueberry Pancake Syrup

What to do about pancake syrup? I experimented with some xylitol- blueberry syrup and it was very good. Blueberries have a low glycemic index of 6, but still contain carbs. So use this in moderation. Here, the serving is 1/4th the mixture, roughly 1/4 a cup. You can sub other low g.i. berries, just as blackberries, raspberries, or boysenberries if you like. Also this syrup isn't that sweet. If you make it and want it sweeter, I'd advise adding a pinch of stevia.
Here, we have used sauce and whipped cream to top our pancakes. You could use half the syrup I did (effectively making this recipe 8 servings instead of 4) and use more butter and whipped cream.  That is about the amount of syrup I used in this picture (1/8th mixture).
Anyway, I thought it was worth posting. Maple syrup is 107.36g carbs for 1/4 cup vs. 23.25g carbs for this sauce... so at least it's a better alternative for your family, for now. I'll keep working on alternatives. We love pancakes and bacon over here!!!
PS Xylitol can have some "adverse effects" when over 40g is consumed.  That is roughly a little over 3 Tablespoons per person.  This recipe is way below that, so there is no need to be concerned about xylitol use here.
Go HERE for my pancake recipe.

Blueberry Xylitol Syrup
serves 4
23.25g carbs per serving using maple syrup

¼ cup xylitol
2 Tablespoons filtered water
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons maple syrup or use maple extract, maybe 1 teaspoon (haven't tried that) [9g carbs)
1 ½ cup blueberries, pulverized in a mini food processor
¼ cup organic butter (4 Tablespoons)

Add xylitol, water, vanilla, and maple syrup to a small pot over medium heat. Stir constantly until all melted together. Raise heat to bring to a boil, stirring once or twice (watch it). Add blueberries and butter, stir, and simmer for 15- 20 minutes until thick.

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