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
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