A tall stack of (keto!) pancakes just isn’t complete without maple syrup. But as we all know, real maple syrup is basically just sugar. It’s simply a no-go for a keto lifestyle. Fortunately, there is a way to make your own keto-friendly maple syrup replacement at home. You can get all the delicious maple flavor—naturally!—by using maple extract and a natural sugar-free sweetener.
2 tablespoons (1.2 ounces)
0 g fat
18 g total carbs
0 g net carbs
0 g protein
MAKES 1 CUP
1 cup water
1 cup powdered erythritol
1½ tablespoons real maple extract
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
In a small saucepan, whisk together the water, powdered erythritol, and maple extract. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the erythritol mostly dissolves.
Pour the liquid into a blender. Sprinkle half of the xanthan gum on top (don’t dump, just sprinkle lightly and evenly to avoid clumping). Puree immediately, and continue until no lumps remain. Repeat with the remaining xanthan gum.
Wait a few minutes to allow the syrup to thicken further. If it’s still thinner than you’d like, add a little more xanthan gum (1/16 teaspoon at a time, using half of a ⅛- teaspoon measuring spoon, sprinkled lightly and pureed again).
TIPS & VARIATIONS
• It’s highly recommended to use real maple extract, not the imitation kind that has an artificial flavor and aftertaste.
• Xanthan gum clumps easily when it hits liquid, which is why it’s so critical to sprinkle and not dump it in. It also takes some time to thicken and can get slimy if you overdo it, so err on the side of using less and add just a tiny bit more at a time to achieve your desired consistency.