Iced coffee is fantastic, especially with milk. It’s refreshing, tasty, and essentially a perfect pick-me-up. But what if you’d like something a little sweeter, something without caffeine, or something to sip that actually packs a nutritional punch? I’ve got a beverage idea that gives you all of that in one glass: Iced Molasses Milk.
There’s not much to it, really. It’s molasses and milk on ice. But what it lacks in recipe complexity, it makes up for in richness and satisfaction. The flavor is layered; a bit sweet, a bit caramelly. And you can play with the amount of molasses to get it just to your liking.
Nutritionally, it’s pretty spectacular. If you use blackstrap molasses, you’re adding a syrup that’s packed with calcium and iron instead of the standard syrups they use at the coffee shop. And who doesn’t need sneaky ways to eat more calcium and iron? Ladies, I’m talking to you.
One tablespoon of blackstrap molasses has 60 calories but brings 100-200 mg of calcium and 1-3 mg of iron to the table. And when you stir this beautiful brown syrup into protein-packed soymilk (17 g!), you’re getting a lot of nutritional bang for 300 calories.Print
If you just have regular molasses at home, it will work too and you’ll have yourself a delicious beverage. But check the label on your bottle or jar, because the nutrient content will likely be different.
This drink is versatile, too. It’s delicious hot, so it’s a favorite in the winter months when I want a mug of something cozy, warm, and sweet to wrap my cold hands around. And served cold, you can bump up the fancy factor and bump down the calories by mixing the Iced Molasses Milk half and half with fizzy water.
So if you’re ready for a new creamy brown beverage on ice this summer, consider one with an impressive nutrition pedigree, and get sipping.