How to make date syrup

Datesyrup

Date syrup is my go to sweetener of choice. I use it to sweeten my yogurt, top my morning oats, smother my waffles, etc. It's an excellent, all natural sweetener and is really the only "sweetener" I ever use. If I'm not using it in a specific recipe, I'll scrape in half of a vanilla bean - which really makes for a delicious syrup. And obviously I'm sharing this recipe for a reason. Come Wednesday, you'll be able to make a damn good pie with this date syrup - so get to work.

DATE SYRUP

8-9 medjool dates
1 1/4 cups filtered water
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

Place the dates in a small bowl; cover with warm water and let sit for 30 minutes. Once the dates have soaked, drain the water then add all of ingredients to the wet container of a high speed blender, such as a Vitamix. Blend for 45-60 seconds, or until smooth. Transfer to an air tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Yield: 1 1/3 cups

24 comments:

  1. I don't know why I have never thought of this. It's probably so caramely & wonderful.

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    1. It's delicious! And for raw caramel, reduce the water to 1/4 cup :)

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  2. This sounds awesome! I'm always looking for healthier, natural sweeteners and I can't wait to give this a try. I love that it keeps for so long, too!

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  3. What do you mean this is a boring post??? This is so creative! What a cool recipe--I wanna try this!

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  4. This is so creative! Have you tried using it in other recipes, like cookies and cakes? Does it work?

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    1. Yes it works perfectly in all kinds of cakes, makes them taste delicious but incredibly healthy with a natural sweetner!

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  5. That pie looks oh so amazing.. i am wondering how this fares in cookies too!
    I was just thinking of picking up some date syrup the other day.. now i can make my own! love that picture!

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  6. If I, oh if I had a Vitamix. Or another high speed blender. Well. No date syrup for me..

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    1. If you soak the dates overnight in water, they will easily blitz in a conventional blender!

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  7. This is so awesome - thanks for sharing, mmmm raw caramel- I could totally go for some of that goodness right now!

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  8. silly question....do you put the water you used for soaking in with the dates when you blend??

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    1. No, you drain the soaking water.

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  9. It sounds wonderful! How long does it last?

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  10. I like to sweeten things with dates but I've always been very haphazard about it, never writing out a recipe or doing the same thing twice. I just throw the dates in until the thing I'm sweetening is sweet enough. Of course, your method makes much more sense. Might as well have a plan.

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    1. I'm the same way - I rarely ever follow recipes. But, for some reason, people prefer the guided, more complicated method.

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  11. Huh, it's so simple yet there's no way in hell I ever would have thought of that. Caramel that's yummy and healthy?! And here I was cooking sugar over the stovetop like a chump.

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  12. This looks amazing! I've always been a little more barbaric - choosing the unsophisticated route of tearing dates into pieces and putting them on my food - this is a wonderful recipe! *Love* Great blog!

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  13. Love love this! I can't believe something so simple tastes so good! And yes, I immediately made this. ha! Now I want to add it to everything. Used it this morning on an onion and curry potato omelet. Yup, teaspoon of this to help caramelize the onions and it was AMAZING.

    Thanks for sharing!

    -Fi

    PS: thanks for your lovely comment on my blog :)

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  14. Thanks for the 'how-to'. I never thought of adding lemon juice. This is perfect for a lemon-poppy-oatmeal bar I'm working on!

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  15. Now, I need to get some dates from Trader Joe's!

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  16. Would this work in a food processor?

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  17. Anyone tried this instead of agave in baking? Light agave has little taste and I'm wondering if the date syrup would be overpowering. I love all things dates and I am so up in the air about agave, I was looking for a substitute.

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