This easy date syrup recipe is the key to creating plant-based sweets rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. This whole food plant-based sweetener is used in healthy baking and cooking. Drizzle over oatmeal, pancakes or waffles. Stir into hearty sauces, your morning coffee or tea as a replacement for table sugar, maple syrup and agave syrup (or other sweeteners). Lots of exciting uses for this WFPB staple!
💡 The recipe in a nutshell
- Vegan (eggless and dairy free)
- Whole Foods Plant Based
- SOS Free
- Healthy sugar alternative
- Easy to make
Why use dates instead of table sugar?
Dates provide a good source of fiber, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. Date sugar (just ground up dates to powder) is a whole food, as are date and prune pastes. Other natural caloric sweeteners, such as honey, maple, agave, less processed cane sugars, and brown rice syrup don't appear to have much to offer nutritionally (source). According to Dr. Greger's research date sugar and scrap molasses are green-light sweeteners.
How to use date syrup?
Date syrup can is versatile and you can use it in many different ways. Consider drizzling it over a bowl of ice cream, your oatmeal, pancakes, waffles and so on. Use as a sweetener in baking, as well as cooking. Add it to your drinks, smoothies, sauces, or dressings! This avocado cheesecake recipe uses date syrup as a sweetener. When making granola you can substitute maple syrup, or brown sugar with date syrup. The possibilities are endless!
Date Syrup Recipe | easy + healthy sugar alternative
- Food Processor, or Mixer
- 1 cup of medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup of hot water
- ¼ lemon, pitted and peeled
- In a bowl combine dates and hot water. Cover and let sit for 1 to 4 hours.
- Combine dates, with water and lemon in a food processor. Blend until smooth.
- Add to a glass or air tight container and store in fridge. The syrup will thicken more over night.
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