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Homemade Natural Sweetener: Date Syrup

Updated on February 28, 2013
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Kim is a board-certified Holistic Health Coach, Healthy Living and Cleanse Consultant, and studied under Drs. Andrew Weil and Walter Willet.


Date syrup is so easy and simple to make that I am almost embarrassed for calling it a recipe. You only need 2 ingredients. Dates and water. That's it!

Date syrup can be made a few different ways. Katherine, from Green Thickies, made her syrup from soaking the dates in water for 24 hours. While this may seem like the easiest method, it doesn't yield that thick, runny texture that I love in syrup. The kind that just oozes down your pancakes and swims around your mouth, teasing your taste buds.

I have also experimented with blending dates in the Blendtec, which gives a nice syrup as well. However, if you don't have a high powered blender, try my recipe below. It's simple. It's yummy. I'll raise an eyebrow, but not your blood sugar levels.

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What's the Best Natural Sweetener?

There are a lot of debates out there when it comes to deciding to which natural sweetener is a better alternative. Should you use honey, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, or agave nectar? Then there's Stevia, molasses, and sugarcane.

My personal view is that the closer you get to a natural food sources as a sweetener, the better situation you are in. As long as you are not consuming white refined sugar or corn fructose syrup, you are many steps ahead of the game.

Date syrup is a great alternative to sugar since it has plenty of nutritional value including vitamins, mineral, and fiber. You are basically consuming the fruit in a different form that has not been processed.

I have only discovered the use of date syrup recently. I've been pretty good about substituting raw honey (from my local farmer) in my dessert recipes, and pouring pure maple syrup everywhere especially homemade pancakes.

I use dates so often for making raw, no bake energy bars. It makes an excellent binder due to its sticky texture. I love using dates as a substitution for sugar wherever I can because of its extreme sweet profile. I even throw them in my smoothies! It just dawned on me to search for ways to make date syrup.

So here it is, folks. A simple and easy recipe for date syrup. Enjoy! Cheers to your health!


Making Date Syrup with Blender


  • 8 large Medjool dates
  • 1 1/4 cups of filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Let's do it:

  • Soak dates in a bowl of warm filtered water for half an hour so it softens up. Add the dates and water mixture, along with the lemon in a high speed blender. Blend it for about 45 seconds until it is smooth.
  • If you want a thicker consistency, similar to a sauce that you can use as a dip, use less water. Try about 1/4 cup.

*Note: If you want a smooth syrup consistency, I would suggest using a high speed blender such as the Blendtec or Vitamix. I have a Blendtec and it works great. I have tried doing this with my older Oster blender and it did not yield the same result. However, if you don't care about the consistency, you can even throw it all in the food processor and still whip up something magical.

What about the sugar in dates?

Dates are sweet and commonly called "nature's candy." It tastes like a combination of sugar and honey. There are many health benefits to eating dates. Did you know that dates have more potassium than a banana? It's also high in vitamin A, calcium, and fiber. Although it is very sweet, the natural sugars do not cause a spike in your body's blood sugar.

According to this study, there are potential benefits of dates for diabetics when eaten sensibly in a healthy balanced diet.

Dates have a lower glycemic index, according to a research.

Ways to Enjoy Your Date Syrup

So now that you've made your date syrup, share it with your friends and family. Perhaps they would be surprised and impressed with your concoction.

There are so many ways you can use your natural sweetener.

  • Pour it on oatmeal, pancakes
  • Add it to your smoothies to sweeten it up
  • Substitute it for sugar in your muffins and cookies recipes
  • Add it to homemade granola

Comments: Would you try making this natural sweetener? How would you eat your date syrup?

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Kim, this was a yummy alternative to maple syrup. I would love to give this a try someday. Voted up for useful!

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      brenda12lynette 4 years ago from Utah

      Dates are a fantastic sweetener is this is such an easy way to always have it on hand for cooking or whatever else needs a little sweetening!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much for this recipe wrapped up in a look at using natural sweeteners! I plan to try this soon and experiment with using the syrup in recipes.

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      Nadia Archuleta 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      This sounds so good -- I can't wait to go try it.

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much, Claudia, for pointing that out! I will check on it. Take care and have a great day!

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      Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

      What a great idea! I am totally excited to try this in my next sweet food, whether it will be pancakes, a cake, a smoothie, I don't know but I am definitely making this recipe, which it is by the way (even if it simple as can be and has just 3 ingredients, one of them being water :)). Congratulations on another very nice and useful hub.

      One more thing, I clicked on the "homemade pancakes" link and it send me back to HubPages feed page..... :( You might want to check on it just in case.

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Jacante- Yes! Oatmeal is perfect with this! Let me know how you like it! Thanks

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Sharicey- You can use date syrup to replace recipes that call for honey or maple syrup. I also pour it in my morning smoothies and sometimes I use it to make almond milk. Let me know how it goes! :-)

      Billy- Everyday is a learning day on HP! I agree! Take care.

      Yvonne- The paste sounds like a good idea too! I would probably spread it on my toast! Thanks for sharing! Take care! Let me know how the granolas turned out.

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      Jacante 4 years ago

      Can't wait to try this in my oatmeal!

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Kim, I'm delighted to see someone else doing this! I totally agree with you that the closer you can get to the natural food the better and I've been making a similar date concoction for years, only thicker and more like a paste. I use the paste instead of sugar in cakes, muffins and puddings (quite a few of my recipes on Hubpages use it.) I haven't tried it in granola so will have a go at making your more liquid version for that. We always have a huge jar of dates on hand.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      One of the reasons I love HP is because I learn something new every day. This is one of those somethings. I have never heard of date syrup. Thanks for the education.

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      Sharice 4 years ago from Rhode Island

      Thanks for the easy how to. I actually bought some dates a while ago with the intention of using them a sugar replacement but never got around to doing in research in how do it. I'm definitely going to give that a try this weekend. Are there any other ways you can use dates to replace sugar?