Blackstrap Molasses: 4 Recipes to Try and Love

Blackstrap molasses just might be the new darling of the health-conscious, hipster foodie

Blackstrap molasses gives you more nutrients and flavor than its regular cousin. At Lehmans.com at our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Blackstrap molasses gives you more nutrients and flavor than its regular cousin. At Lehmans.com at our store in Kidron, Ohio.

crowd. But the fact is, it’s been around for ages, and generations have used it not only as a cooking ingredient, but also as a health tonic. We’re not claiming any medical miracles, but blackstrap molasses is higher in iron, potassium and calcium than the ordinary stuff. It’s considered the healthiest of the molasses since most of the sugar has been removed during the boiling process, while the nutrients and minerals remain. (While regular molasses is boiled twice, blackstrap molasses goes through three boilings.)

It also has a stronger, more robust flavor –  ideal for that tired old baked bean recipe and other dishes that beg for a little “kick.” Taste the difference by using blackstrap molasses in place of regular in your favorite recipe! Or, try one of these:

Time Gone By Brown Bread
Yields 3
One of our favorite go-to bread recipes. The best thing about it is that you can make it in one large bowl - fewer dishes, anyone? Makes a moist, slightly sweet bread that's good for dunking in soup, spreading with butter while warm and also making hearty toast in the morning.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/3 c. boiling water
  2. 1 c. old-fashioned oats
  3. 1/2 c. butter
  4. 1/3 c. blackstrap molasses
  5. 5 1/2 c. white flour
  6. 5 tsp. yeast
  7. 2 tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Place the oats, butter and molasses in a large mixing bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Stir gently until all are mixed. Allow to cool until lukewarm. Add yeast and salt and mix well. Gradually add flour, mixing until a smooth dough forms. Allow dough to rise until doubled. Divide dough into three portions and place in greased loaf pans. Let rise until doubled. Bake at 375 F for 40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack before removing from the loaf pans.
Notes
  1. Tip: Blackstrap molasses adds extra flavor to the bread; for a milder flavor, regular molasses may be substituted.
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Three Baked Beans with Beef and Bacon
Un-BEAN-lievable! This is the dish you'll be asked to bring over and over again to reunions, parties and picnics. Can be made ahead - just refrigerate and extend baking time until beans are bubbly. A Midwestern favorite. Blackstrap molasses makes them even more savory and delicious!
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Ingredients
  1. 1-15 oz. can dark red kidney beans
  2. 1-15 oz. can butter beans or white beans
  3. 1-15 oz. can pork and beans
  4. 1/2 lb. bacon
  5. 1 lb. ground beef
  6. 2 small onions, chopped
  7. 3/4 c. brown sugar
  8. 1/2 c. blackstrap molasses
  9. 1 c. ketchup
  10. 1 tsp. yellow mustard
Instructions
  1. In a large, deep baking dish, mix all the beans together (do not drain). Set aside. In a cast iron skillet, cook the bacon until it is browned but still soft. Remove bacon from skillet, leaving the grease in the skillet. Slice bacon into small pieces. Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook until browned. Add the cut-up bacon, onions, brown sugar, blackstrap molasses, ketchup and mustard and gently stir until mixed together. Add meat mixture to bean mixture and stir to blend. Cover and bake at 350 F for 1 hour or longer, until beans are thick and bubbly. If desired, bake the last 5-10 minutes uncovered for a crustier top.
Notes
  1. Tip: Although this recipe calls for canned beans, you can easily substitute dried beans that have been pre-soaked and cooked until soft, along with some of their cooking water.
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Thrill of the Grill Blackstrap BBQ Sauce
Rich, robust and sweet, this simple-to-make sauce can be slathered on ribs, chicken or pork while grilling, or added to meats for oven-baking. Will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup blackstrap molasses
  2. 2 cups brown sugar
  3. 1 cup ketchup (homemade or store-bought)
  4. 2 cups apple cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a heavy saucepan, whisking together until smooth. Bring to a low boil, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened. Let cool and use immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to enjoy.
Notes
  1. Note: If you've got adventurous taste buds, you can use your favorite hot sauce in place of the 1 c. ketchup. Good luck!
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Switchel (Amish Haying Drink)
Yields 9
Some switchel recipes hearken back to American Colonial days. This version is still enjoyed by the Amish during busy times on the farm, such as haying or threshing. It's an excellent refreshing drink to carry out to the field on a hot day. Can also be served hot in the winter.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 cups fresh water
  2. 1 cup raw honey (see below)
  3. 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (can use raw, organic or regular)
  4. 1/2 cup blackstrap molasses
  5. 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, heat all ingredients, stirring until the honey and molasses have dissolved. Cool and serve.
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Looking for raw honey? We’ve got it. Gathered only from honeybees in Ohio, it’sraw honey one of the purest forms of honey. Non-filtered, gently strained and 100% unpasteurized, so all the healthful enzyme properties are preserved.