Homemade Date Syrup Recipe
[pinit] Are you trying to decide between all the healthy sweeteners out there? There is too much choice and most of them aren’t as healthy as they claim. They are also usually very expensive. So what’s the alternative? Make your own quick, simple and very healthy date syrup.
Finally, the search is over for the healthiest sweetener
I’m always trying to decide whether to use maple syrup or agave nectar. They are both very expensive and I don’t like using them too often as they are both heat treated or processed. Honey raises the blood sugar levels and isn’t suitable for vegans. I do like adding dates to my smoothies but if a recipe calls for a liquid sweetener I become unstuck. Not anymore. This date syrup is a perfect liquid sweetener and unprocessed. It is much cheaper especially if you buy dried dates. It also hardly takes any work to make it. What could be better than that?
This is such a quick simple recipe that I almost didn’t post it, but it’s such a great idea that I think I’m going to end up using it in a lot of my smoothies and recipes in the future so it’s good for it to have it’s own recipe.
I made this date syrup for the first time in my Healthy Cherry and Coconut Hot Fudge Sundae recipe.[pinit] I got the idea from one of Jane’s videos from Blend It and Mend it. She calls it Nectar of the Gods. Jane’s version includes coconut water instead of water. It’s such a simple idea but not one I would ever have thought of myself so thank you Jane. I just love watching her videos. I really prefer using whole fruits such as dates to sweeten my recipes rather than sweetener as I think it’s much better for you to eat the whole fruit rather than part of it, as it’s fresher and has more nutrients. This date syrup contains the whole date and it’s so easy to make. It is actually a raw food too as fresh dates are usually in an untreated state (still check the ingredients as they sometimes glaze them with other sweeteners.
Date Syrup Health Benefits
Dates give you a very quick source of energy. Within half an hour of eating them, you will feel revived if you are lacking in energy. For that reason they are great just before a workout. Yes they are very high in sugars, but natural fruit sugars that the body actually needs.
Dates are great for constipation and many other health problems.
Dates are a whole fruit which in my opinion makes them far superior to other sweeteners. Have the best of both worlds with this healthy date syrup. You can either eat it straight from the bowl for a quick energy boost or here are some serving suggestions:
- Added to your Green Thickies or other drinks
- Dip apple or melon chunks into it
- Replace jam on crackers, oat cakes or rice cakes
- In baking instead of other syrups
- Added to ice cream
- Replace sugar in tea or coffee
- Added to yoghurt
- Top your oatmeal or porridge with it
- Spread it on some celery with some almond butter
How to make date syrup
[pinit] All you do is add some dates, such as mejool dates to about ½ cup of water, cover and put it in the fridge. Leave it at least 24 hours and stir it a few times. The dates dissolve in the water and produce a gorgeous yet very healthy syrup that you can use in all your recipes.
For all date syrup recipes you may need to double the amount of date syrup as this recipe contains half water, half dates. But if you want to buy a date syrup that only contains the dates, nothing else, then you’ll love this Date Syrup you can buy on Amazon.
What is your favourite sweetener? Have you ever tried adding dates to your recipes?
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