South Beach Diet - Sf molasses or an alternative?

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05-04-2008, 02:41 AM
Hi I found a nice recipe for wheat germ oatmeal cookies.. but it calls for molasses.. is there an alternative, or a sf version? Maybe using SF syrup instead?
Let me know, thank you :)

05-04-2008, 08:31 AM
Maybe you could substitute the dark amber agave nectar for molasses, I think it would work pretty well. ;)

05-04-2008, 12:01 PM
What is the consistency of it? And I don't have agave nectar... I generally use splenda. How much does Agave nectar cost? thanks :D

05-04-2008, 12:39 PM
What is the consistency of it? And I don't have agave nectar... I generally use splenda. How much does Agave nectar cost? thanks :D
It's not very expensive--I bought a bottle of agave nectar at Whole Foods for less than 5 bucks, I think (I don't remember the exact cost). It pretty much has the consistency of honey. It does have calories, but it is natural and very low on the glycemic index compared to things like sugar and molasses. I doubt Splenda would work only because of the vast difference in texture/consistency.

05-04-2008, 12:43 PM
Yes that was my thinking.. I was thinking maybe SF syrup. But we have a local organic and health food store, that I'd like to check out for the agave nectar and a couple other things... some of the grains... see what they have for beans.
Thanks ladies :)

05-04-2008, 05:26 PM
Trader Joe's sells Agave Nectar for about $2.50. I have not seen the dark amber though, but I haven't looked for it either. Agave Nectar isn't as thick as molasses, so you might need to reduce another wet ingredient a bit.
Another option would be to use a no sugar added fruit puree and add a bit of splenda if needed. No sugar added applesauce might give the texture and consistentcy, then add splenda "to taste" for the sweetness.

05-04-2008, 11:12 PM
Thanks guys... Unfortunatley there are no TJ's in Buffalo.. there is a local Co-op that had some.. its was 7 bucks for a big bottle..not too bad, but not as good as TJ's... I wasn't able to find wheat germ...
I may just end up doing oatmeal, ww, oat bran, and then dried fruit cookies.. use the agave nectar and maybe a little splenda... I think I will take a basic oatmeal cookie recipe and replace the flours, sugars, and add-ins with SB friendly things...
So are Craisins allowed(dried cranberries)? What else would be good? DH is not a fan of nuts in no to those..

05-05-2008, 01:51 AM
most dried fruits have added sugar, you have to read all the labels. Only those dried fruits with no sugar added would be ok.

05-05-2008, 07:11 AM
Eden Foods makes a line of dried fruits using unsweetened apple juice instead of adding sugar. I like to use them in my baking, and also in my cereal.

05-05-2008, 10:07 AM
I'll have to look around. Thanks guys. I'm kind of excited to be making cookies :) This morning I had fruit with breakfast.. It was very yummy :D