Following up on my French Toast post, I wanted to try find a good zero-carb maple syrup to go along with it. On Reddit, u/botrock22 recommended All-u-Lose; I also found several other brands on Amazon that looked pretty good. I also did a search for low-carb or keto maple syrup recipes and found a couple that looked promising.
To figure out which I liked best, I decided to do a taste test.
- Pyure Maple Syrup Alternative (??? net carb, ??? cal/tbsp.)
- Sweet-Like-Syrup, Maple (1 net carb, 25 cal/tbsp.) ***ISOMALTOSE
- Lakanto Maple-Flavored Syrup (0.5 net carb, 13 cal/tbsp.) ***
- All-u-Lose Maple Syrup (1.8 net carb, 13 cal/tbsp.)
- Ruled.Me Thick & Sticky Maple Syrup (0.1 net carb, 14 cal/tbsp.)
- My versions, adapted from Mel's Kitchen with the following modifications:
- All: allulose + 5g molasses substituted for white & brown sugars, maple extract increased 4x
- Version 1: 120 g water (33 wt%)
- Version 2: 80 g water (24 wt%)
- Version 3: 50 g water (17 wt%)
I assessed each syrup on the following factors:
- Net carbs
Here's the results:
Note: After I bought it, I noticed the Sweet-Like-Syrup brand uses isomaltose as the sweetener. Isomaltose is not low carb (GI = 35), so I didn't try it.
For me, homemade version #2 (24 wt% water) was the clear winner, probably because it was adjusted to my taste preference. It had a strong maple flavor, was thick enough to cling to the french toast while still spreading easily, and didn't have any unpleasant aftertaste. It was also extremely easy to make and cheaper to boot. I'm going to start keeping a batch around for French toast, pancakes, and other deserts.
I've included the recipe below if you want to make it yourself.
Hope you enjoy it!