Maple syrup's complex flavor profile allows you to sweeten dishes with fewer calories. Plus, pure maple syrup comes packed with antioxidants and potentially beneficial minerals. Substitute maple syrup for sugar in your oatmeal for sweetness with notes of caramel. Use maple syrup instead of honey in your morning smoothie. Mash carrots or spuds with maple syrup instead of sugar for an earthy sweetness you can't find in other natural sweeteners. Give maple syrup its due with these delicious ideas for making everyday dishes just a bit more flavorul.