Xagave – An Agave Sweetener – Recipe and Giveaway – CLOSED

Today is day 84 of my 90 Day Challenge.  I have become so aware of what I am putting into my body, making sure it will fuel my body, not just feed it.  We went out to dinner a couple nights ago and I didn’t feel very good once I had finished.  I ate about 3/4 of my meal but I was not use to eating fried food.   The light bulb went off in my head, knowing I need to make good choices all the time.

I was sent Xagave, an all natural sweetener, to sample and review.  The taste is sweet with the consistency of honey.   I knew I wanted to cook with it, so chose a recipe from their website and put it to the true test with my family.   They had no idea I used the Xagave instead of sugar.   I found a recipe I figured the entire family would like, Chocolate Zucchini Cake.  I did have to tweak it just a bit but Cindy, a Better Body Foods customer should get all the credit.

The cake turned out great!  I have not made a cake by scratch in years, but the directions were easy to follow and it came out moist and tasty.  (We just ate our last pieces tonight…yum!)

I found a great description of Xagave on their website and I want to share it with you.

Xagave is a Premium Blend of Agave Nectar derived from organic Agave Salmiana (White Agave) and organic inulin from Agave Tequilana (Blue Agave). This combination results in the highest quality nectar with the best taste, best Cooking Qualities and the most Health Benefits of any nectar on the market; making our nectar the perfect sweetener for all of your cooking, canning, and baking needs. Your foods will taste better while saving calories and our nectar can be simply exchanged for sugar or honey in any of your favorite recipes (see Sugar Exchange Table). A natural and healthy substitute for sugar, brown sugar and honey makes our nectar perfect for everyday use in coffee, tea and cereal. Avoid “spiking” your blood sugar levels with this naturally low Glycemic Index Food (approximately 30) and feel the difference. Our nectar contains no artificial additives or artificial sweeteners and is processed at very low temperatures that qualify it as a raw food. Organic & Kosher certified, we are 100% confident that you will not only taste but feel the difference. We encourage you to try this great tasting, versatile and healthy sugar substitute for yourself and see why Xagave is “The Complete Sugar Replacement” that is right for you and your family.

The benefits are numerous and after baking with it, I would definitely use it again.  Here is the recipe I followed (including my little tweaks).

Chocolate Zucchini Cake Made With Xagave

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 12 pieces

Chocolate Zucchini Cake Made With Xagave

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut oil (I used canola)
  • 1 cup Xagave
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter flavor (I used I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I subbed baking flour)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • Topping
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used white chocolate chips)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (personally, I would omit this)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I didn't add)

Instructions

  1. Add oil and Xagave to a large mixing bowl, beat together.
  2. Add butter and vanilla and incorporate with the oil and Xagave
  3. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients
  4. Mix eggs and buttermilk in a different bowl
  5. Alternate wet and dry ingredients
  6. Mix in zucchini and 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  7. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan
  8. Sprinkle white or chocolate chips on top.
  9. Bake at 325 degrees for 35-40 minutes
  10. Cupcakes can be made by cooking for only 25 minutes
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Disclosure: I was sent the Xagave for review purposes. I was not compensated or paid to write a favorable review. This is my personal opinion of the product I received.

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Comments

  1. sue14625 says

    i would like to try Xagave because i am looking for a healthy way to help my sugar cravings

  2. Katie S. says

    My doctor told me that I need to cut down on the sugar, so I’ve been using some other sweeteners but they all taste so tinny and chemically to me. I’d love love love to try something natural that is still sweet without the ridiculous carbs… I guess thats the dream anyway…

  3. heather c says

    I’m on a Dr. Oz kick lately, so I’m looking for some good agave to use in some of his recipes.

  4. Ellie Wofford says

    I want to try it because my mom fights diabetes with diet & I’m susceptible to it, too!

  5. Sarah L says

    Like to try because I’m trying to cut out as much sugar as I can.
    Thanks for the contest.

  6. Marcy Strahan says

    I need to cut back on sugar & would love to try this. It sounds yummy!

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