Sweetness (=Giveaway!!!)

Do you remember when I reviewed a wonderful product called Xagave? Well, Robyn from BetterBody Foods & Nutrition has graciously offered to send one lucky reader a free 18-ounce bottle of Xagave! Nice huh? If you would like to participate in the giveaway, simply leave a comment telling me about your favorite use for agave nectar (recipes are always a good idea!). I know lots of us are planning to bake up a few storms with the onset of the holidays and some free agave nectar would certainly make life a bit sweeter, right? Right. Oh, and please make sure to leave your comment by Friday, December 4th. I will randomly select a winner on December 5th. Good luck everybody!!

Agave nectar makes pretty cupcakes:

Agave Love

Before I went vegan, I was not a huge fan of honey. Occasionally I would have some spread on toast or stirred into a cup of tea, but those times were rare. When I discovered agave nectar as a vegan, I wasn’t super eager to try it, but curious enough…and guess what? I liked it! So, when I noticed I had all but a few tablespoons of sugar in my cupboard and a craving for cupcakes, I turned to my lil’ squeeze bottle of agave nectar and Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. It also helped that I had recently received as a gift a lovely product from Love Street Living Foods: raw chocolate spread.

This organic raw chocolate spread is sweetened with agave nectar and is delightfully rich and dark. Sooooooo gooooood. I thought to myself…”Hmmmm, this would be nice in the center of an unsuspecting cupcake.” And luckily, there is a recipe in Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World that suited my sugarless needs: Simple Vanilla and Agave Nectar Cupcakes. These were indeed super simple and super tasty. When filling the cupcake liners, I added a small dollop of the chocolate agave spread between layers of batter (with the hopes that it would produce a surprise chocolate center-it did!). After baking, I frosted them with the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (also from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World) and garnished them with sprinkles. Easy.