Candice Favourite Things: Mesquite

Mesquite hardwood is often used to add a smoky sweetness to grilled food. Mesquite powder, on the other hand, is ground from the pods of the mesquite plant, and has a sweet, nutty, caramel-like flavor, making it ideal for desserts and for use as a natural sweetener.

Mesquite plant found in parts of South America and the southwestern United States. Mesquite pods have long been used by Native Americans, who ground them into a powder for use as a flour or sweetener.  Mesquite is high in protein and  low on the glycemic index. This gluten-free powder is also a good source of calcium, iron, lysine, manganese, zinc, and potassium.

Mesquite Powder in Your Diet

Mesquite powder is a great addition to a smoothie,  just a spoonful of this superfood powder adds a sweet, rich flavor to smoothies and shakes. You can substitute up to half the flour in a recipe with mesquite powder for added flavor and nutrition. Given mesquite’s naturally sweet flavor, you may also be able to reduce the amount of sugar or other sweetener used in baking. Mesquite is also delicious used alongside raw cacao/cocoa powder. And of course it is also great in raw desserts. Although it can be used as a flour in baking, unlike most flours, it does not require cooking to taste fantastic! Mesquite powder once again adds flavor, but also helps raw cookies, balls, and crusts bind together, as in the recipe below.

Mesquite powder can be found in the bulk foods or supplement section of many natural or health food stores. It is also widely available from online retailers.

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