Homemade date syrup is a great alternative to processed sugar. It tastes amazing and is really easy to make! There are so many uses from sweetening your coffee every morning to a sugar alternative in recipes. Date syrup is also a great yogurt topping or syrup replacement for sourdough pancakes or waffles.
WHY USE DATES?
I’m pretty new to date syrup myself, but it is widely used for cooking in North Africa and the Middle East where traditional foods are still very prominent. This syrup is super easy to make and not only are dates a great sugar alternative, but they are actually really good for you!
You may find it interesting to know that date syrup contains more nutrients and minerals than honey or maple syrup and it is also rich in antioxidants. I’m all about packing in more nutrition for my family! I love that I can do that simply by using tasty date syrup in place of sugar, or sometimes even in place of honey or maple syrup.
HOW IS DATE SYRUP MADE?
- To make homemade date syrup you simply need to pit and chop the dates and then soften them by boiling for 20 minutes.
- Once cooled, use a blender or food processor to puree the cooked dates (for most blenders it needs to be at least below 180F/82C).
- Next, you will remove the pulp by using cheese cloth and a fine mesh strainer (this can be saved for other uses which I share later).
- Optional: Cook down the thin liquid to achieve a thicker consistency and deeper flavor (this is especially important if using for baking).
TIP: Be sure to rinse the cheesecloth before using to remove any lint that could get in your syrup (I didn’t do this the first time and I had to pick the lint out)
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WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE DATE SYRUP?
Medium Sauce Pan
Blender / Food Processor
Mason Jar with lid for storing
- 1 pound of Dates – Medjool Dates are ideal, but any type of date will work.
- 4 cups of Water
HOW DO YOU STORE DATE SYRUP?
- You can store date syrup in a glass jar in the fridge for about 3 weeks.
- The leftover paste will last for 3 months in an airtight container in the fridge.
DATE BUTTER (also called date paste)
The first time I made date syrup I was really worried about wasting all of that nutritious date pulp I was squeezing the liquid out of! In the meantime I stashed it in a container in the fridge and then I finished the process for my syrup.
Later, while waiting for the date syrup to thicken I decided to try the date paste! I slabbed it on some sourdough toast and sprinkled it with cinnamon and chia seeds and it was SO delicious! This date ‘paste’ has a smooth consistency and sweet buttery taste. It reminded me a lot of apple butter! So I call it ‘date butter’. That sounds a bit better than date paste anyways…lol.
If your date paste is really thick you can add back a bit of the syrup to make it the consistency you like.
Anytime you can make two amazing products at once is always a recipe worth trying! I hope you enjoy it and I hope you give the ‘date butter’ a try. You won’t be sorry!
COMMON USES FOR DATE SYRUP
- Drizzled on Ice Cream
- Mixed in Oatmeal
- Coffee Sweetener
- Pancake, Waffle, or French Toast Syrup
- Yogurt Topping
- Drizzled on Almond Butter Toast
- Sugar Alternative
- Salad Dressings
- Pizza Sauce
- Protein Balls (recipe)
COMMON USES FOR DATE PASTE (Date Butter)
- Spread on Toast
- Spread on Bagel with Cream Cheese
- Coffee Sweetener
NEED DATE SYRUP IN A PINCH? TRY THIS QUICK VERSION
- 1 pound of Medjool Dates (or other date of your choice)
- 4 Cups of Water
1. Start by pitting and chopping the dates.
2. Soften the dates by simmering in water over medium heat for 30 minutes. The water just needs to cover the dates, about 4 cups.
3. Once cooled use a blender or food processor to puree the cooked dates (for
most blenders the mixture needs to be cooled to at least below 180F/82C).
4. Next, remove the pulp by using two layers of cheese cloth and a fine mesh strainer. Squeeze out as much of the liquid as you can (the remaining pulp can be saved for other uses which I share later).
Cook down the thin liquid for 30 minutes to achieve a thicker consistency and deeper sweeter flavor (this is especially important if using for baking).
Serving Size:1 Tbs
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 54Total Fat: 0g
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WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE WAYS TO USE DATE SYRUP OR BUTTER?
Let me know in the comments below what you use your homemade date syrup and butter for. I’m always experimenting and looking for new ways to use it in our meals and snacks!