Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Introducing Xagave,complete replacement to sugar.Cranberry sauce,bread , topping and a Protein shake.

Xagave(pronounced za-gah-vay) ,an organically grown premium blend of nectars derived from Agave Tequiliana (Blue Agave) and Agave Salmiana (White Agave) plants ,is an answer to all the blood sugar woes.It has low glycemic index(30),that will not raise the blood sugar levels(also reduces risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes) unlike the sugar.Plus its sweeter than sugar that helps save calories ,as less is sufficient to sweeten.What more,its delicious and works well in everyday cooking ,has no after taste like some sugar substitutes.That's not all,its a good source of calcium ,iron,vitamins,minerals and inulin(a probiotic fiber essential for healthy immune system and even shown to reduce the risk of cancers).All these convincing reasons make Xagave a satisfying sugar substitute ,that gives you the best of both ,taste and health.
Learn more about the Xagave health benefits

The founder of Xagave,Stephen Richards and his Cookbook "Delicious Meets Nutritious"
Stephen Richards is a full-time business owner, husband and father and a part-time chef and health nut that loves to eat. He struggles with his weight like 67% of Americans. He comes from a family with a long history of diabetes and has always been concerned about his health, particularly as he ages. A couple of years ago, he was introduced to agave nectar and began to research it. He ultimately flew to the region in Mexico where it is grown and spent time with the growers and processors, learning about the product and its benefits. He engaged medical doctors to study the claims being made and he explored hundreds of recipes on his own. After several years, he developed Xagave, a blend of agave from several agave plants that incorporates the best taste, texture and health benefits that this wonderful plant has to offer.

The Delicious Meets Nutritious Cookbook guides through using Xagave,history of agave ,properties and health benefits.Includes beautifully presented breakfast recipes ,quick breads,appetizers,salads,side dishes,quick & easy gourmet meals,sauces and healthy desserts all using Xagave as replacement of sugar.

About 1/2 to 2/3 cup of Xagave is replaced for each cup of sugar needed.Refer to the Sugar Exchange Table for the quantity of Xagave versus sugar and the calorie comparison.Amazingly the Xagave also acts as a natural preservative with its ability to absorb moisture hence increasing the storage life.Completely soluble in hot or cold water, Xagave worked perfectly in all kinds of drinks,dressings and sauces.It also promotes rising in whole grain cooking resulting in light fluffy texture to the baked goods.Also note xagave will cook faster and at a lower temperature.Thanks to the representative of Xagave,I was offered a sample of this wonderful product along with the cookbook.Following are few of the delicious and easy recipes from the cookbook.

Classic Cranberry Sauce made with Agave(click for recipe)

An awesome tangy sweet side with turkey or chicken,this fresh homemade cranberry sauce is far better than the canned ones usually loaded with sugar.See other variations of the sauce with oranges ,lemons and pomegranates.

Citrus Cranberry Walnut Quick Bread

I use fresh cranberries that not only add the color but also the nice tang to the bread and the Xagave sweetens superbly.
Recipes from Delicious Meets Nutritious
2 cups whole wheat flour(fine ground)
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup Xagave(replacement for 1 cup of sugar)
1 teaspoon grated orange or lemon peel(zest)
3/4 cup orange juice or lemon juice
1 Organic egg
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries,coarsely chopped
3/4 cup walnuts,chopped(or use any other nuts desired)
Heat Oven to 325F.Grease bottom of a 9x5 or 8x4 inch loaf pan.
In large bowl,combine first 4 ingredients(flour,baking powder,salt and soda).Whisk the eggs in a another mixing bowl,add the oil,Xagave,zest and juice.Mix this wet mixture gradually in to the flour mixture until well combined.Pour in the greased pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.Cool for 15-20 minutes before getting out of the pan and slicing.

Whole grain pancakes\waffles with Triple Berry Topping

For Pancakes\Waffles
2 cups whole wheat flour(fine ground)
2 cups reduced fat milk
2 tablespoon Xagave
3 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Put all the wet ingredients in to a blender and blend.Add dry ingredient and blend until just slightly lumpy (about 30 seconds).Pour batter on to griddle about 1/4cup at a time when hot and cook until bubble form and edges dry.turn and cook on other side.

For triple berry topping

4 cups fresh or frozen berries
1 cup water
1/2 cup Xagave
2 tablespoon corn starch.
Put berries and Xagave in a pot and bring to a boil.Reduce heat to simmer.Mix corn starch in 2 tablespoon water and stir until all lumps are gone.Pour corn starch mix in to berry mix while stirring slowly.Stir until topping thickens(1-2 minutes) and begins to bubble.Serve hot over pancakes and waffles.

Chocolate Protein Oat Shake with Agave(click for recipe)

I use skimmed milk for this quick and nutritious shake with anti-oxidant rich unsweetened cocoa.The Chocolate Agave Syrup also made with unsweetened cocoa makes this even more chocolicious.The syrup is also great for topping on any fresh fruit to add an extra touch of chocolate flavor.

The Delicious Meets Nutritious cookbook and Xagave can be bought from the official website.Or find the store near you.


Anu said...

wow mouthwatering recipes yasmeen....
Looks delicious..

SE(Denufood) said...

hi yasmeen..great information and awesome recipes!!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Hey, that is very informative and the dishes look yummy.

mona said...

Wow, thanks for letting us know. Will try the product. Wonder if this is available in Canada?!

Poornima Nair said...

Everything looks so tempting...just pass me those waffles right now.

Priya said...

Wow wat a lovely spread of delicious bread, sauce and shake...Wonder whether its available here...thanks for sharing all these informations Yas..

Nizsha said...

Assalamalikum Yasmeen,

Such a treat to the eyes.Hows your kid doing now?I just read in your profile abt the asthma.I pray Allah SWT cures him completely and give him shifa inshallah.


shifa firoz said...

yasmeen, thanks a lot for sharing the info on Xagave. i cant wait to try the cranberry bread :)

Sarah said...

What a great sugar substitute, everything looks delicious. The consistancy looks about the same in the pictures as if it had been baked with real sugar!

Happy cook said...

I must say this is one of the best informative post.

Curry Leaf said...

Mouthwtering Yasmeen.esp the waffle,I do not have a waffle iron but pancakes will do now.Love the protein shake,Love the fresh cranberry bread as well.Plainly speaking loved the entire post.lipsmacking

notyet100 said...

i ma drooling here,..;-(

Gita said...

Hi Yasmeen, thanks for all the wonderful information about Xagave nectar...I was a little bit concerned about using have cleared all my doubts...all the recipes look awesome with lovely pictures :)

Sasha said...

Must be great for diabetics.thanks for all the info.

Jessica said...

I'm eying on the cranberry studded bread..perfect for the holiday table.

Organic said...

Visiting after a long time.As usual fabulous recipes.I do use agave whenever possible,sometimes it hard to find it though.

Pam said...

I just made berry banana bread using Xagave - it's great stuff.

Muneeba said...

Oh great find Yasmeen! My mom's a diabetic, so this is perfect. I can use this product in my desserts whenever she comes over for a visit ... then I won't have to feel guilty!

Anthony Sepe said...

Your cranberry sauce is awesome and the photos just spectacular!!! Keep up the good work!
PS: Sahale Snacks lines of nut blens and glazed nuts are available in conventional, natural and specialty grocers, as well as cafes,and hotels. A store locator is available on

All the best,

Viki's Kitchen said...

Very useful info on Xagave . Cranberry sauce and bread looks so gorgeous. Wanna grab that waffles:)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Great recipes! I absolutely have to test agave syrup...



Cham said...

That is a great info! I love the bread a lot!

Melissa said...

Wish I could slurp some of that shake right now.Amazing display of good work here.

Jhonny walker said...

Hi is great to have discovered you! you have some of the prettiest dishes...and I love all of them!

my kind of deserts too!

Spice said...

Thanks for sharing such good info.

Rahin said...

Yasmeen, the cranberry sauce looks yummy, love the bread looks very nice n colorful n the froth on the protien shake ...gorgeous :)

5 Star Foodie said...

Awesome recipes using Xagave! I've been using blue agave and looking forward to trying xagave (I have samples coming soon).

tasteofbeirut said...

wonderful post and thanks for all the recipes that go along with it! did I miss it or is there a place to purchase this miracle product? I am dying to try it now!

Suma Rajesh said...

wooo great explanation dear...loved ur post...and nice click too...

Shri said...

Lovely click and delicious,Yasmeen!

Malar Gandhi said...

Intereting info' I always look out for sugar alternate stuff' and mouthwaterign pictures...looks awesome.

Joanne said...

Thanks for all the info on Xagave. That cranberry quickbread looks fantastic! I will definitely be making it. I love fresh cranberries and rarely add a lot of sugar to them - I love how tart they are!

sowmya.s said...

yummy yummy are so tempting...

Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

Yasmeen, I saw the agave sauce in another blog today and was wondering what it was. Because of you, now I know what it is. Thanks.

Erica said...

That bread looks wonderful!Thank you for the info!

JASMINA said...

Thank you for this post!These informations are really to be treasured.Xagave-I have to remember this.Do you think it can be found in Europe?

Simona said...

Great product.Thanks for useful introduction.

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Anonymous said...

It was extremely interesting for me to read that blog. Thanks for it. I like such topics and anything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read more on that blog soon.

RubyNJ said...

I must try this new kinda sugar substitute.

n33ma said...

wow yasmeen,so much valuable info in one post!and everythin looks good.

Arabic Bites said...

I never tried the Xagave before but I have see it used a lot by so many blogger.
will try to find it in health food store.
Quick Bread & pancakes\waffles recipes are so tempting ;) I really want a slice of that bread with milk right now :)

Thank you for sharing this informative post with us :)

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