I was dreaming about waffles all week, finally I decide to make some for BF yesterday. But the thought of drowning them in refined sugar makes me ill. I’d like to think I’m pretty health conscious, I mean don’t get me wrong I love my sweets, who doesn’t, but for the post part I’m selective, know when to say when, and make substitutions where ever necessary. An excess of sugar, fat or calories to me, is a high price to pay for a moment of satisfaction, so I’m always on the hunt for tasty alternatives. I love eating pancakes and waffles – watching my portions of course – but I haven’t consumed maple syrup in…lets just say ages. It’s been terribly long, so I’ve no idea when I had it last, until now! I stopped by the grocery store, browsed the aisles, determined to find something new to top my waffles and pancakes with, since I was getting a little tired of the 60 calorie snack pudding packs I usually used (they’re delicious but change was definitely overdue) I found this, Walden Farms pancake syrup with…ZERO calories…can we say jackpot! Walden Farms is a Canadian company that specializes in a whole line of calorie free products, including an amazing array of salad dressings, dips, jams dressings and more.
I struggled between this and another brand that contained only 30 calories, but decided I would save that one for another trial run after I was through with this one. So zero calories…does it taste good? YES! it does! I find it a nice subtle alternative to the very high sugar, and in my opinion overly sweet traditional maple syrup. I, by no means, promote this product as equal in taste to maple syrup, please not that, if you like A LOT of sugar this isn’t going to cut it for you. I on the other hand love its subtle taste, and will continue to integrate this product into my Low FCS arsenal (Low fat, calorie, sugar). I gave this syrup its debut to a top the French waffles pictured above (instead of French toast) topped with berries and peaches, a very simple recipe, only requires waffles that ring in at about 180 calories (per 2) for the health conscious, less than 7 grams of fat.
I will continue to share my culinary adventures in the near future; I’ve received a lot of feedback on Facebook about my culinary innovation and think that they’ll make a welcome contribution to the True Queen blog!