Date Syrup Recipe. The Healthiest Sugar

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March 26, 2020
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Imagine a whole food ingredient sweet enough to replace sugar in a ratio of 1:1 and packed with antioxidants, nutrients, and fiber. Date syrup is arguably the healthiest sugar alternative. Not only does it fight AGAINST weight gain, but it’s gut healing and blood-sugar stabilizing too.

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Date syrup and spices

Are Dates Actually Healthy?

I know what you’re thinking. Even though dates are plant-based, they’re still majority sugar, 80% to be exact. However, In a test study done feeding subjects an average of 7 dates a day for over a month, no bad effects on their blood sugar levels or weight gain occurred.

In fact, it was quite the opposite! Some subjects’ digestion actually improving! (1).  This is attributed, in part, to the high fiber content preventing constipation and promoting regular bowel movements by contributing to the formation of stools and slowing digestion down.

Dates also prevent blood sugar levels from spiking too high after eating.

Sweeten Anything With A Clear Conscience

Date Syrup is Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free, Dairy-free, Paleo, Whole 30, and Digestion Supporting. In short, my simple date syrup recipe allows you to sweeten just about anything with a clear conscience!

Dates blended to make a syrup, served with apple
Dates blended to make a syrup, served with apple

How Long Can I Store This Date Syrup For?

I have to say, this is one of the simplest and most rewarding things to do.  I always make sure there’s a stash stored in the fridge. This date syrup can be stored in the fridge for approximately 2 weeks as long as it’s bottled in an airtight container.

Are Dates Healthier Than Artificial Sweeteners?

My inspiration for this recipe came from all the scrutiny and undesirable facts I’ve read lately surrounding sugar and high fructose corn syrup intake.

Also receiving bad press are artificial and non-caloric sweeteners. NutritionFacts.org tested sweeteners saccharin, sucralose, and aspartame, showing how they induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbes (2). After a few days, some people got exaggerated blood sugar responses and showed changes (within one week) to the type of bacteria they had in their gut. This may be of particular importance to patients suffering from gut-related disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or IBD’s like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s.

People may not realize artificial sweeteners could negatively alter their gut. A scary thought is how this may affect and increase the rate of inflammatory gut incidences in relatively healthy individuals. Luckily, the test showed that discontinuing these artificial sweeteners restored the original balance of gut bacteria within weeks. 

What Type of Dates Must I Use?

Enough of all the boring scientific stuff. This recipe tastes delicious and will work well with both dried or fresh dates. Fresh dates will, however, contain fewer calories and be free from processing or chemical drying.

Servings:

300ml

Bottle 

Ready In: 

15

Minutes

Calories:

277

Per Bottle

Good For:

Toppings

Dessert

Nutrition

  • Calories: 277 Calories
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbs: 75g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Sugar: 68g
  • Potassium: 20% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 14% of the RDI
  • Copper: 18% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 15% of the RDI
  • Iron: 5% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B6: 12% of the RDI

Amounts per serving:

14 dates or a 3.5 ounce serving (100g)

  • Protein 2g 1.5% 1.5%
  • Carbohydrates 75g 50% 50%
  • of Which Sugar is 68g 45% 45%
  • Fiber 7g 5% 5%
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Date Syrup Recipe

A simple way to sweeten anything using dates turned into a delicious date syrup.
Course Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 300ml Bottle
Cost 2$

Equipment

  • Blender or food processor

Ingredients

  • 1 Handful Dates Preferably fresh, but dried ones will work too.
  • 1 Cup Water Add enough water to cover all the dates.
  • 1 Teaspoon Flavor This is an added extra, not essential. Try Vanilla, Cinnamon, Spices, Pinch of Salt (for a caramel taste), Cacao (for a chocolate version).

Instructions

  • Heat the dates
    Cover the dates with enough water and make sure all pipes are removed. If you have stubborn pips, don't worry, you can remove them later. Add in whatever other flavors you've chosen at this point.
    dates and cinnamon boiling on the stove
  • Simmer on low
    Eventually, all the water will be soaked up by the dates. At this point, you can top up with more water if necessary to make sure they're all really soft.
    dates and cinnamon boiling on the stove
  • Blend once soft
    Place all the softened (still warm) dates in a blender of your choice. If necessary, add extra water and blend further until the date paste is completely smooth.
    cooked dates in a blender
  • Turn into liquid syrup
    Keep topping up with more water and blending further until great pouring consistency is reached. You can also keep the end product as a paste and thin it out just before using it.
    Dates blended to make a syrup

Date Syrup Uses

Sweetened Almond milk, Sweetened Coconut milk, As a topping on Pancakes. Basically, any situation in baking where sugar is required. Check out my Almond Flour Cookies or Chocolate Blocks recipes. In Homemade Ketchup.

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