This homemade date syrup is a super easy and inexpensive natural sweetener that you can add to just about any of your favorite recipes, like yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, and dips.
Today, I introduce to you a natural sweetener that is sure to become a kitchen staple: 2-ingredient date syrup. This is NOT sugar-free since dates contain sugar. However, if you desire something sweet or if you catch the baking bug, this is a tasty alternative to the many highly processed and artificial sweeteners out there.
I normally use dates as a binder in a lot of my no-bake energy bars (check out my “No Bake Energy Snacks” Pinterest board for quick and easy recipes and ideas for them). However, liquefy the dates, and you get this tasty, caramel-icious syrup that you can add to just about anything. It’s one of the ways I’ve been trying to get my husband (and myself) to stay away from refined sugars.
For you busy folks who are saying, “Sounds great, but I ain’t got time to make this,” rest assured. This is one effortless recipe. While there are recipes for date syrup that involve boiling and straining the dates out, utilizing only the retained liquid, I like to use the whole fruit. Not only does it cut down on prep time (not to mention the pot and the strainer that would need to be washed…hate doing dishes with a passion!!), but the fiber and nutrients are also retained. Having said that, it does help to use a high-powered food processor (love my Vitamix!! Worth every penny).
I’d like to emphasize the point of using Medjool dates as they are much stickier than the other kinds. The recipe I provide is very basic so feel free to customize to your liking! I like to add cinnamon for its flavor and additional nutritional boost. It is loaded with antioxidants and is most known for its blood sugar lowering benefit. I sprinkle it on top of almost everything!
You also have full control over the desired consistency. The thicker you want the date syrup, the less water you should add, and vice versa. If you want to double or triple the recipe, I suggest adding some lemon juice as it’ll help the syrup keep longer. I personally don’t like lemon in mine, and since I like to make small batches at a time, freshness has never been an issue.
While you can just lick it by the spoonful, the world is your oyster when it comes to the endless ways you can enjoy this natural date syrup. Add it to overnight oats, smoothie bowls (or smoothies), chia seed pudding, yogurt…
OR mix it with the nut butter of your choice for a creamy and caramel-y dip to enjoy alongside fresh veggies and fruits!
Almond Caramel Dip for one // Combine 2 tablespoons of date syrup + 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 6 Medjool dates, pitted (about .3 lb)
- 1 cup hot water
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Place dates in a bowl and cover with hot water. Let soak for at least 30 minutes until soft and mushy.* Save the water!
- Add dates to a powerful blender and blend, slowly adding in the water you soaked them in. Continue adding water until you achieve desired consistency (I use about ½ cup water). Store in a glass container and refrigerate.