Making Nigella’s granola recipe in the UK under lockdown. Can Golden Syrup be substituted for maple syrup without I’ll effect? Would honey be better

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Miss_Karen March 25, 2020
I vote for honey. You can use a variety of of flavored honey (orange blossom, wildflower, clover etc.) As far as I know golden syrup only has one taste.
 
Nancy March 24, 2020
Hello Incognito, Nancy writing from Canada, where I've used Golden Syrup in baking and cooking.
Either honey or Golden Syrup will make a fine granola. The maple taste will not be there, but it will still be very good.
Partly, it's a matter of taste...one way to choose is whether you prefer the taste of honey or Golden Syrup.
Another way is sweetness. I checked a nutrition data base I use, and both honey and Golden Syrup are almost all sugar (carb) whereas honey is 80% (plus or minus). So if you use honey and want to maintain the same sweetness of the original recipe, use about 1.25% amount.
 
Nancy March 24, 2020
Sorry. Miswrote.
Should be: "both maple syrup and Golden Syrup are almost all sugar"
 
Incognito March 24, 2020
Hello Nancy- Thank you very much for your response to my question. Best wishes, Virginia
 
creamtea March 24, 2020
Golden Syrup is thicker and stickier than maple syrup but I'd give it a shot. I'm not sure about whether it is sweeter than the same amount of maple syrup-- I think it probably is--so add in a partial amount at first and (assuming there are no ingredients that shouldn't be eaten raw like eggs or flour in the dough/batter), do a taste test. If you can't do a taste test because of not wanting to consume raw ingredients, then simply use less. Most things can stand to be a bit less sweet.
 
Incognito March 24, 2020
Hello creamtea- Thank you very much for your response to my question. Best wishes, Virginia
 
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