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HOMEMADE DATE SYRUP

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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.

3 dates sitting on wood counter poured out of mason jar

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.

cutting dates on wood cutting board

HOW IS DATE SYRUP MADE?

  1. To make homemade date syrup you simply need to pit and chop the dates and then soften them by boiling for 20 minutes.
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. 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)

cooked dates in saucepan for homemade date syrup

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WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE DATE SYRUP?

Medium Sauce Pan

Wood Spoon

Blender / Food Processor

Mixing Bowl

Silicon Spatula

Cheese Cloth

Fine Mesh Strainer

Mason Jar with lid for storing

INGREDIENTS:

  • 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.
pouring homemade date syrup in mason jar

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.

woman holding plate with homemade date butter toast

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
  • Baking
  • 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
  • Marinades
  • Baking
  • Coffee Sweetener

NEED DATE SYRUP IN A PINCH? TRY THIS QUICK VERSION

Quick Date Syrup from Scratch

Yield: 8 oz

Homemade Date Syrup

pouring date syrup in mason jar

Date syrup is so easy to make and nutritious! There are so many uses for it. You can use it to sweeten your coffee in the morning, replace sugar in recipes, topping for greek yogurt or ice cream, and of course on pancakes or waffles. Date syrup has more nutrients and minerals than maple syrup or honey!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of Medjool Dates (or other date of your choice)
  • 4 Cups of Water

Instructions

    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).

Optional:
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).

Nutrition Information:

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!

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6 Comments

  1. I love using natural sugars so I’ll have to try this! I need more dates in my life.

  2. Elegant a great idea! I love dates abd have been wanting to try date syrup!

  3. Excellent tutorial.. I will be making this in the future…

  4. This looks delicious!

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