Product Type: Groovy Food Company Baking & Ingredients
Newest Review: ... like a very runny honey and is a rich golden amber colour. I'd never heard of The Groovy Food Company before but the brand seems to hav... more
Leave The Honey For The Bees!
Groovy Food Premium Agave Nectar Mild
Member Name: cyberem78
Groovy Food Premium Agave Nectar Mild
Advantages: Tastes great. Low GI. Vegan.
Call me naïve, but when I started to consider going one step further than vegetarian and becoming vegan it never even crossed my mind that honey was one of the food products I'd have to give up. I'd always just thought of honey as a by-product of the hive, a leftover substance that was acceptable to use. After learning more about bee keeping and how honey is taken from hives I understand much more about why honey is not a vegan food. However, finding an alternative to a product I love and eat a lot of has been difficult. I started by trying to substitute honey with maple syrup but this Canadian favourite has a rather sharp bite which takes some getting used to and which swamps any dish you add it to with it's intense flavour. Then I found this Premium Agave Nectar by The Groovy Food Company while I was shopping in Aldi. I'd never heard of Agave nectar before and I was very curious about the product which was labelled as being vegan and an alternative to sugar and honey.
The product comes in a transparent squeezy bottle. The bottle is designed to sit on it's lid so you can flip open the top and dispense quickly. The dispensing hole is fitted with an expandable rubber seal to help stop drips and spillages. The bottle contains 250ml of nectar which looks like a very runny honey and is a rich golden amber colour.
I'd never heard of The Groovy Food Company before but the brand seems to have a wonderful sense of humour and the presentation of their product is impressive. The label on the bottle is adorned with an odd cartoon man whose speech bubble tells us that this product is "great in hot drinks and cereals". Font that is designed to look hand written also explains that this is a "low GI organic sweetener from the finest Blue Webber Agave plant".
The label on the back of the bottle has more information about the product's origin and how to use it. The nectar comes from the Agave plant in Mexico which is organically grown. It can be used as an alternative to artificial sweeteners, honey or sugar. The brand state this can be used in meals, drinks or in baking and state that since this has a low GI it does not create that sugar high and crash that other sweeteners can. Nutritional information is provided and per 100 grams there is 298 calories and 0g fat. 1tsp or 4.6g also provides 13.7 calories and 3.57g carbohydrates. The nectar is suitable for veggies, vegans and is also kosher. The ingredients contain nothing else but 100% organic Agave Nectar.
The consistency of the nectar is slightly more fluid and runny than honey. When dispensing this it tends to squirt out quickly rather than flow out slowly. I like to use this product on my porridge, mainly, as I like to eat oats for breakfast. The nectar melts into hot cereal or if used on cold cereal it forms a gelatinous golden brown topping.
The nectar has a syrupy flavour as opposed to being honey-like but it is not as sharp as maple syrup or as sickly as golden syrup. It tastes light but has a sharp aftertaste which has the hint of a flavour of roasted nuts. It's ultra sweet and powerful although I've noticed that if I add it in the same quantity as I would have done with honey to my porridge that it isn't as noticeable as honey would be. This is perhaps because the nectar is a thinner consistency than honey. The nectar is delicious though and is really satisfying to a sweet tooth! It's great on cold cereal as it really binds the flavours together and it also works well in hot and cold drinks.
I'm really pleased with my purchase since a bottle of this only cost me £1.99 at my local Aldis and I was sometimes paying nearly double that for my home grown counties honey. I have noticed that at other stockist's it's a bit more expensive though (£2.50 at Tescos). I am definitely going to keep on using this agave nectar though and I would recommend it to wannabe vegans, anyone who wants to look for a healthier sweetening product and to anyone who just likes to try new and different products.
You can check out the range of interesting products made by The Groovy Food Company at their website:
Summary: Excellent natural sweetener.
More reviews in the field of Baking & Ingredients
- Bienmanger Paniers Garnis Expert Sushi Kit
- Bienmanger Paniers Garnis Sushi Starter Kit Sushi Kit
- Foodex Marinated Ginger
- Foreway Sesame Seeds Flavored Wasabi
- Herbier De France Organic Cloves
- Herbier De France Organic Cardamom
- Herbier De France Granulated Garlic Organic
- Organic Flavour Company Bv Marmello 1
- Johannusmolen Organic Potato Starch Gluten Free
- Seto Tekko Katsuobushi Dashi Dried Bonito Stock