Simple Homemade Date Syrup

This Simple Homemade Date Syrup is used in sauces and dressings to counterbalance spices, and other savory or umami tastes in whole plant foods. It’s also used in desserts, like the Perfect Little Peach Cobblers—where it’s combined with ground-rolled oats and cinnamon to provide the cobbler filing for fresh peaches.

I’ll be brutally honest with you. When I thought about adding syrup to the blog, I had mixed feelings. Daniel Fast-compliant meals omit “natural” sweeteners like stevia, maple syrup, and agave. It just seemed like a fine line to me. However, it comes down to intentionality and ingredients.

Making this date syrup requires intentional hands-on preparation. Specifically, removing the pits from the dates. Then, measuring the water and simmering the dates. Finally, adding fresh lemon juice and, blending all ingredients into a smooth consistency. Processed store-bought sweeteners made in a manufacturing plant will sit on store shelves for weeks and months. Sadly, they perpetuate the auto-pilot problem many of us have struggled with when trying to break habits that don’t serve us. Instead, this date syrup is made with fresh whole plant food ingredients—with fiber and other nutrients intact. In case you’re wondering about store-bought date syrup… those options filter out the rich fiber in dates, so homemade is definitely best.

A little about this recipe…

Simple Homemade Date Syrup is slightly modified from Dr. Michael Greger’s How Not to Die Cookbook. I recommend this cookbook as part of that bridge to long-term, sustainable healthy living.

Simple Homemade Date Syrup has only 3 ingredients

  1. Dates
  2. Water
  3. Lemon

When making this recipe, it helps to have a Magic Bullet, NutriBullet, or other similar small, high speed blender. Magic Bullet has a handy screw-on cap for easy storage.


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Simple Homemade Date Syrup

  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan



½ cup pitted dates (about 56 dates)

½ cup water

½ tsp lemon juice


Put pitted dates and water into a small pot. Bring to a gentle boil. Turn off heat and cover. Let sit for about 30 minutes until softened. Transfer dates with water to a small blender. Add lemon juice and blend on high speed until smooth.  Use immediately or transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Sauces

Keywords: date syrup, dates, water, lemon, vegan, daniel fast recipes, daniel fast compliant, plant based, whole food, low fat, soy free, gluten free, nut free

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