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The Benefits of Blackstrap Molasses

post #1 of 18
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Does anyone else here use blackstrap molasses for health reasons, not just for cooking? I learned from a naturopath last year that it is rich in iron (and calcium and potassium), and a deficiency in iron can lead to anger, so I have gotten in the habit of giving my children a teaspoon of it daily and me a big tablespoon.

post #2 of 18

I personally hadn't considered using it in a more medicinal sort of way but you're really peaked my interest. I did some quick searching and found, as you said that it's a good source of Iron and calcium as well. Another site said it's also high in potassium, magnesium, copper, and manganese. Do you take it straight or mix it with water or perhaps milk? I currently don't even hardly use it to cook with but I'm ordering some today and I think I'll start taking it now in place of a Pre-natal. Even though mine are whole food and organic I much prefer getting nutrients directly from food, rather than pills.

 

EARTH CLINIC'S ICED MOLASSES RECIPE:
1 TBLS Blackstrap Molasses
Hot Water
3/4 cup Milk or Coconut Milk
Ice

post #3 of 18

I sometimes make warm milk with blackstrap for myself and my girls for the iron, but haven't done it regularly.  Thanks for the reminder, it is a nice winter beverage.
 

post #4 of 18
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I take it straight - that's how I was shown by the naturopath. I pour it directly from the bottle onto the spoon and then spoon it everyone's mouth. Not the most sanitary but we're all family.

 

Thanks for the recipe, CrystalMarie. I hope this isn't a stupid question: do you do that in a pot on the stove or in the blender?

 

artemis33, do you mix the milk and blackstrap molasses together on the stove, then pour it into a cup or bowl and spoon it out? I am still very new to this so thanks for teaching me!

post #5 of 18

Thanks Catholic Mama! I ordered more molasses thanks to this thread!

 

For the recipe, The hot water is to allow the Molasses to dissolve, so pour it into a cup or small pan but then you do the rest right in a glass or as I prefer it, in a blender. Either way it good. Blended drinks are my favorite! 

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You're welcome, I'm glad I could help! :)

 

Thanks for explaining how to do it. I might try it later if I have time, and if I have any more questions I'll come back and ask you.

post #7 of 18

We love blackstrap molasses in our home.  I make molasses milk for the kids (just stir the molasses into raw milk) and I use it to sweeten my coffee.  I'll use small amounts of it in place of brown sugar, like in marinades and such.  When we ate oatmeal it was our go-to sweetener.

post #8 of 18

We call it 'baby coffee' when we make it like Laz, using the molasses to make the milk the color of coffee.

 

Generally we prefer molasses nog, with raw milk and egg yolks, concentrace, vanilla, and sometimes a bit of nutritional yeast, shaken up in a mason jar until frothy.
 

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We call it 'baby coffee' when we make it like Laz, using the molasses to make the milk the color of coffee.

 

Generally we prefer molasses nog, with raw milk and egg yolks, concentrace, vanilla, and sometimes a bit of nutritional yeast, shaken up in a mason jar until frothy.
 

 



That sounds good.  How much of each do you use?  I've been trying to sneak the concentrace on my kids and they can tell with only a drop or two in water.  They do love homemade eggnog and all things molasses, though.

post #10 of 18

I use about 1 Tbsp per cup of milk, but it varies.  I just stir it in until it make a nice brown color.

post #11 of 18

yum. thanks for the suggestion.

post #12 of 18

Wow, I forgot about molasses!  Baby coffee is the perfect thing to call it to make one of mine want some bad. But what is "concentrace?"

post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by Lazurii View Post

We love blackstrap molasses in our home.  I make molasses milk for the kids (just stir the molasses into raw milk) and I use it to sweeten my coffee.  I'll use small amounts of it in place of brown sugar, like in marinades and such.  When we ate oatmeal it was our go-to sweetener.

us too!  i didn't know about baby coffee or anything but my son was weaning and wouldn't take plain raw milk, so i threw in organic blackstrap molasses and he was happy as a clam.  all my kids have drunk 'molasses milk' and request it often.  it's a treat.  it's our go-to sweetener for our sourdough rice pancakes, quinoa cereal, milk, and even some baked goods.

 

my kids haven't ever shown signs of needing it for medicinal reasons, but when they get bags under their eyes, or constipated, we add a touch in for everyone.  so i guess we do medicinal w/out thinking of it as such as our food is always in flux w/ seasons and needs.

post #14 of 18

We found a new use for blackstrap molasses this week:  electrolyte solution for vomiting/diarrhea. 

post #15 of 18
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Does anyone else here use blackstrap molasses for health reasons, not just for cooking? I learned from a naturopath last year that it is rich in iron (and calcium and potassium), and a deficiency in iron can lead to anger, so I have gotten in the habit of giving my children a teaspoon of it daily and me a big tablespoon.

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post #16 of 18

I forgot about molasses!  I took it quite a bit in my last pregnancy, and then, once warmer weather hit, I stopped.  I guess I need to get back on the wagon.

post #17 of 18

Concentrace is a trace minerals supplement.  My kids rebel at it more than a few drops in water.  I put it in sauces, milk drinks, baked goods. 
 

post #18 of 18

Oh! i love molasses! I do a elixir with yellow dock for extra extra iron. I love it! I add it to various milks, baked goods, or take it straight.

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