Care of Andrea Howe at

As the weather begin to warm, maple syrup season begins! This Canadian staple has been an ingredient used for centuries. Along with its rich taste, it comes with many health benefits.

Compared to other sweeteners, maple syrup contains numerous antioxidants and can be beneficial for reducing free radical damage that contributes to the formation of various diseases. Although all sugars should be consumed in moderation, maple syrup may be a better alternative to refined sugars as it is lower on the glycemic index.

It also contains zinc which is known to strengthen your immune system, perfect for the cold Canadian winters!

Maple syrup has such a decadent flavour, it can be enjoyed on its own over pancakes or waffles, or added as a replacement to refined sugars. The rich flavour also allows for less amounts of it to be used in recipes. Try these raw energy bites sweetened with dates and maple syrup!

Raw Energy Bites

Makes 20 bites


  • ½ cup almonds, raw
  • ½ cup walnuts, raw
  • 1 cup packed dates
  • 2 tbsp sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • warm water


1. In a food processor, blend all ingredients together. If it isn’t combining, add warm water
teaspoon by teaspoon.

2. Mixture should hold together when squeezed. Roll into balls and place in fridge.