Maple syrup. Two words that conjure thoughts of lazy Sunday mornings, fluffy pancakes and blissful breakfasts.

This natural sweetener features over 54 antioxidants that can help delay or prevent diseases caused by free radicals, such as cancer or diabetes. In addition, maple syrup features high levels of zinc and manganese, keeping the heart healthy and boosting the immune system.

Maple syrup is so much more than just a waffle topping — its natural sweetness and deep flavour is delicious in all kinds of dishes, from salad dressings and marinades to vegetable dishes and even cocktails! Here are some of our favourite ways to cook with maple syrup.

Maple Candied Bacon by the Clever Carrot  
If you thought bacon couldn’t get any better, you’d be wrong. Glazing bacon with maple syrup creates a sticky caramelised coating that pairs perfectly with the smokiness of the meat. Pure heaven.

Maple Spiced Candied Nuts by Kitchen Simplicity  
Half sweet, half spicy, this super addictive glaze is so good you’d better make an extra batch of the recipe — because you can never get enough!

Bubbly Maple Leaf Champagne Cocktail by Cook the Story
This cocktail is a wonderful mix of sweet, tangy and bubbly — the perfect way to welcome your guests.

Maple Mustard Chicken Wings by Chowhound 
This one’s for all you chicken wing lovers out there! Savoury soy, sharp mustard, sweet maple and a hint of spicy cayenne make for the best barbecue marinade.

Maple and Mustard Glazed Salmon with Brussels Sprouts by Serious Eats
Throw your vegetables and salmon into the oven with the simplest of ingredients for a quick and easy dinnertime treat.