Thursday, January 15, 2009

Cran-Grape Syrup

Here's another breakfast idea to get your day off on the right foot - and it's really simple. Just make it the night before.

Bring 4 cups of cran-grape juice to a boil in a saucepan; reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour, until thick and reduced to 3/4 cup.

When buying cran-grape juice, favor organic varieties over other brands which are mainly water and - eew - corn syrup. That's not juice at all! The Cranberry Nectar from Santa Cruz ( features both real cranberry juice and real white grape juice - both of which have numerous health benefits.

Once the juice is reduced, remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons agave nectar (in place of honey). Cover and chill at least 8 hours (it will continue to thicken as it cools).

Serve over vegan pancakes, waffles, or even vegan ice cream for dessert! I like the Homestyle waffles from Nature's Path: If you are buying your waffles in the grocery store, parse the ingredient list carefully - even some organic brands include eggs or milk products.

One tablespoon is 60 calories - the syrup will keep for a week in the fridge.

This picture shows the color of the syrup a bit better.

cran-grape juice $3.99

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The Vegan Pantry

  • Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy
  • Vegan milk - Silk
  • Vegan Feta - Sunergia
  • Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods
  • Vegan Eggs - Ener-G
  • Vegan Butter - Earth Balance