molasses retains a variety of minerals, making it a nutritious source of energy compared to plain sugar, which is stripped of non-energy nutrients during processing. Molasses, added to smoothies, shakes or baked goods, lends a distinctive flavor to your foods in addition to the healthy benefits it provides to your diet.
You require between 310 and 420 mg of magnesium each day. A 1/4-cup serving of molasses supplies your diet with a substantial 200 mg of this mineral. Magnesium assists in keeping your immune system healthy, and it also plays a role in the maintenance of your nerves, muscles and bones.
Your body requires between 1.8 and 2.3 mg of manganese on a daily basis. A 1/4-cup serving of molasses contains 1.3 mg of this trace element, supplying more than 50 percent of your requirement.
Supplying 0.9 mg of copper, a serving size of 1/4 cup of molasses gives you nearly half your daily need for this micronutrient. Copper helps you metabolize iron and also assists in extracting energy from the foods you eat.
Molasses contains 4 mg of iron per 1/4 cup. This amounts to between 25 and 50 percent of your daily requirement, depending on your age and sex. Iron functions as a component of hemoglobin, a molecule in your red blood cells that transports oxygen to all the tissues of your body.
Molasses is rich in the mineral potassium, with 1/4 cup providing more than 1,200 mg, or 25 percent of the amount you need each day. Potassium serves many functions in your body, including transmission of nerve signals, muscle contraction, regulation of blood pressure, maintenance of fluid balance and proper heart function.
Molasses Bar Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 2 to 3 teaspoons water
Grease and flour a baking pan. Heat oven to 350°. Sift flour with baking powder, salt, soda, and spices. Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl with electric mixer, cream shortening with sugar until light; beat in egg, 1/2 cup of the molasses and 1/3 cup water. With mixer on low speed, beat in the sifted flour mixture just until combined. Spread in prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Place pan on wire rack to cool. Frost while still warm. To make frosting, combine butter, confectioners’ sugar, and 1 tablespoon molasses. Beat in 2 to 3 tablespoons water. Spread over warm bars. Cut into squares.