Warm Foods for Chilly Evenings

The season is sweeter with Maple! Try these recipes with wholesome ingredients and no refined sugars.

Salted Maple Caramel

A perfect complement to fresh, crisp apples!

  • 1-1/4 c. Maple Valley maple syrup
  • 1/4 c. heavy cream
  • 1 T. butter (or 2 T. for a “butterscotch caramel”)
  • 1 generous pinch of sea salt
  • 1 T. real vanilla

Bring first four ingredients to a boil in a heavy 2 to 3 quart saucepan and continue to boil until mixture starts to thicken (about 15 to 20 minutes.) Add vanilla and boil one minute more. You can dip apples in the hot caramel and place on a buttered plate to cool. Or pour into a heat-safe jar, cool and use later — try drizzling on top of apple crisp or apple pie! Can be stored in the refrigerator for all your caramel needs.

Southern Maple Cornbread

A GLUTEN-FREE take on an old favorite everyone can enjoy!

  • 1-1/2 c. cornmeal
  • 1/2 t. soda
  • 3/4 t. salt
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 2 T. melted butter
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1/4 c. Maple Valley Organic Maple Syrup

Mix dry and wet ingredients separately and then together.
Bake at 450 degrees in a greased 8″x 8″ pan (glass is best) for 20 to 30 minutes.


Chili with Maple Syrup

Warm up a “chilly” evening with our twist on chili.

  • 4-1/2 c. cooked red kidney beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 each onion, carrot, celery stalk
  • 2 med. red bell peppers, chopped
  • 3 cloves (or 1 T.) garlic, minced
  • 1 T. dried oregano
  • 2 t. ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 T. chili powder
  • 1-1/2 t. salt
  • 2 T. unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 2 T. Maple Valley maple syrup

Chop and sautĚŠe onions, carrots, celery, peppers and garlic in oil for 10 minutes until vegetables are soft. Add all other ingredients and simmer 30 minutes.

Optional: garnish with sliced green onions and/or sour cream.


Maple Eggnog

Not just for the holidays!

  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 4 c. milk
  • 2 c. cream
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 c. Maple Valley maple syrup
  • 1-1 1/2 t. nutmeg (fresh-grated is stronger)

For a creamy, smooth eggnog:
Whisk together egg yolks and maple syrup (or blend in a blender). Pour milk, cream and nutmeg into a large saucepan, stirring constantly until the first signs of boiling. Remove immediately and whisk with maple egg mixture (or pour milk/cream slowly into a moving blender of maple egg mixture). Pour all back into pot, heating to 160F — don’t boil. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and chill in a bowl of ice water or refrigerator. Serve with fresh grated nutmeg or cinnamon!

Classic Maple Yogurt

Wholesome goodness to begin your day

  • 1 to 2 cups whole milk yogurt
  • 2 to 4 T. Maple Valley organic maple syrup

Top with currants, granola, seasonal berries, sliced banana, or your favorite nuts.

For a hearty fall and winter breakfast, serve maple yogurt over warm oatmeal or cooked buckwheat.


Maple Fudge

The richest fudge you ever had!

  • 2 c. Maple Valley maple syrup
  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 c. chopped nuts of your choice

In a deep saucepan, bring the maple syrup, cream and salt to a boil. Using an accurate candy thermometer, continue a low boil until the temp. reaches 235F. Remove from heat and pour into a stainless steel or other heat-safe bowl. With the candy thermometer on the bowl, cool until 115F, without any stirring or moving. When cooled, stir about 2 to 5 min. until it loses its shininess. Stir in vanilla then quickly stir in the nuts. Scrape and smooth into a buttered 9×9″ pan and score the top for easier cutting. Top with a glaze of melted chocolate for a supreme treat!

Baked Maple Cinnamon Apples

Warm up with this easy, gluten-free treat.

  • 6 apples, cored
  • 1/2 cup Maple Valley Organic Maple Syrup
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 2 T. melted butter

Place apples in an 8″x 8″ baking pan. Baste with syrup, butter and cinnamon mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees until apples are tender — about one hour.


Maple Pumpkin Pie

No sugar added!

  • 15oz. fresh or canned organic pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup Maple Valley maple syrup
  • 1 c. heavy whipping cream
  • 3 organic eggs
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. ground cloves
  • 2 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 t. ginger
  • 1/2 t. allspice
  • 1/4 t. nutmeg

Mix all ingredients together and bake in a 9″ pie pan with your favorite pastry crust at 350 degrees for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 min. Cool and refrigerate for best flavor.

Maple Glaze

A holiday favorite! Perfect for Turkey or Ham

  • 1/2 cup Maple Valley Organic Maple Syrup
  • 3-4 Tablespoons mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (optional)

Stir ingredients together and after 45 minutes of roasting your turkey or ham, remove cover and brush on as a glaze. For turkey, re-cover and continue roasting. For ham, score a 1-inch wide pattern not more than 1/4-inch deep, increase temp 50 degrees, and continue to cook uncovered. Brush on a third of the glaze every 15 minutes for the remaining cook time.

Cranberry Sauce sweetened with Maple

A delicious addition to your holiday meal!

  • 2 c. fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 apple, peeled and cored
  • 1 small orange, juiced
  • 1/4 c. Maple Valley Organic Maple Syrup

Simmer cranberries in a bit of water until they pop open. Gently mash with fork and allow to cool. Grate one peeled apple and pour fresh squeezed orange juice into cranberries. Add 1/4 cup maple syrup, or more if you prefer.