I was super excited to get the Xagave nectar and cookbook in the mail last week! Xagave is a complete sugar substitute that can be used in cooking and baking. It has inulin in it, which is a pre-biotic fiber. Xagave is said to have the best taste, best cooking and baking properties out there and best health profile. Agave nectar is a low glycemic index food, includes calcium and saves tons of calories over sugar.
Included with the package was a sugar exchange table, complete for beverages, cooking, baking and canning. Also included were spotlighted recipes such as Whole Wheat Carrot Pineapple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (yum!) and BBQ sauce!
The owner is a husband and father and part-time chef, and has struggled with his weight. In his family history there is diabetes, so he definitely is aware of his health. A few years ago, he saw agave nectar and researched it, going to Mexico and learning about it. He ultimately made a blend of different agave plants and brings you Xagave.
HOW WAS IT?
I used Xagave in my oatmeal (when I wasn't using GU), in my tea, and I tried a pumpkin bread recipe from the cookbook before the marathon. It was great in all 3 ways. I had been using Trader Joe's agave nectar and had run out of it just before this arrived. I believe it had a similar taste - I could not really tell the difference since I do not use a whole lot of it. The pumpkin bread was really, really tasty. The agave is sweeter than sugar so less of it is needed, ending up in a huge calorie savings.
25 oz sells on the site for $8.99. This sounds comparable to what I've seen different brands selling for in the store, but I can't remember the size of the ones I had been purchasing. I know at Trader Joe's, a container of it is around $2.99 but I do not know how many ounces it contains.
Check it out! A great and healthy alternative to sugar.