Blackstrap molasses can be used as a sweetener in coffee and tea, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Blackstrap molasses is also a common ingredient in baked goods such as cookies and gingerbread.
Although derived from natural sugar, blackstrap molasses digests slower than refined sugar, according to Healthline. Most sweeteners have a high glycemic index, causing blood sugar and insulin levels to spike, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Blackstrap molasses has a glycemic index that falls within the moderate range, making it a healthier choice for diabetics. Additionally, it's lower in calories and doesn't contain any cholesterol or fat.
Unsulphured blackstrap molasses is sweeter than the sulphured version in which sulfur dioxide is added as a preservative to keep it from fermenting, states the San Francisco Chronicle. Unsulphured molasses is typically used in baking and other recipes. In addition to baked goods, many recipes use it as a sweetener in marinades and sauces, turkey or chicken bastes, and baked beans.
Unlike other sweeteners, blackstrap molasses has a high nutritional content due to how it's made, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Molasses is produced as a syrup extract from boiling sugar cane. While lighter versions of molasses go through the boiling process one or two times, blackstrap molasses is the product of three boils, giving it the highest concentration of minerals, vitamins and essential nutrients, including iron, magnesium, calcium, copper and potassium. It also contains selenium, manganese, niacin and vitamin B6.