Today I’ve got you covered with an easy to make and healthy sugar replacement for any desserts: date syrup or date paste.
When talking about desserts, I try to make them healthy, but the sugar replacement (like maple syrup or coconut sugar) is always so expensive.
That is a problem.
Thankfully, I am a problem-solving person, that is why I made a little research.
What did I find out?
Well, probably you already know from the title, but I still want you to pretend as being intrigued.
Date syrup… homemade, easy and healthy date syrup.
Is date syrup healthy?Well, it depends what you compare it with. If compared with granulated sugar, either white or brown, then yes, date syrup is healthy. Only if consumed in moderation. Date syrup has a lot if fibre, which helps digestion. Also, the syrup has anti-aging proprieties, due to the high concentration of antioxidants. So, if you add the date syrup in a dessert and you don’t eat that dessert all at once, alone, then you have nothing to worry about.
For how long can I store the date syrup?You can store it in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Still, if you don’t add 1 tsp of lemon juice in the paste (which has a kind of pasteurisation effect), then try to consume the syrup in 2 weeks. If the color gets a bit darker, don’t worry, it’s normal.
What can I use date syrup for?
Mostly, you can add the date syrup to your desserts, such as:
- Pancakes (instead of mashed banana)
Still, I also add the syrup in:
- As a topping on pancakes
- Salad dressings
- Homemade plant milk
- Everything that requires any kind of syrups or sugar;
- Instead of mashed banana.
Here I have a photo tutorial for you:)
Then, below, you can see the exact instructions and ingredients.
- Remove the date’s seeds.
2. Place the dates into a food processor.
3. Pour in the water
4. Add the lemon juice
5. Blend, blend, blend
- 2 cups (450 g) of dates;
- 2 1/3 cups of water;
- 1 tsp lemon juice.
- Take out the seeds out of dates * (I highly recommend reading the tips listed below).
- In a food processor, add the dates, the water and lemon juice.
- Blend on high for about 3 minutes, or until the mixture forms a paste, creamy consistency.
- You can use less dates. It depends on what do you need them for and how much you need.
- If your dates are not soft and juicy, you might let them in warm water to rehydrate for 30 minutes.
- If your blender is not powerful enough, you may consider adding some more water (around 3 tbsp or more).
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