Desserts · Sauces and Dips

Date Paste

Homemade Date Syrup
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All the controversy about sweeteners often confuses me. One day something is considered a healthy alternative to sugar, and the next day it’s considered brain damaging, toxin filled, cancer causing, liver enlarging, etc. Even the so-called experts can’t agree on this subject. So I decided to use this date paste as my sweetener. Granted it still contains natural sugars, but while studies currently seem to point towards Stevia being the healthiest sweetener, I am not ready to make the switch yet. I am waiting for more research and frankly I just can’t get past the after-taste of it.

While dates are not a low glycemic food there are packed with nutrients,fiber, and anti-oxidants. According to Organic Facts they contain healthy fats, iron, copper, calcium, sulphur, potassium, phosphorous, manganese and magnesium which are advantageous for health. It is said that consumption of one date daily is necessary for a balanced and healthy diet. Dates help in fighting constipation, intestinal disorders, heart problems, sexual weakness, diarrhea and abdominal cancer.

This date paste is great over pancakes, for sweetening drinks or baking as a replacement for honey or agave. Add cinnamon and spices to make a fruit dip. For other recipe ideas using date paste, click here.

Ingredients:

1 cup of dry dates, packed (about 25 deglet dates)
1 cup of water.

Preparation:

  • In a medium bowl soak the dates in the water for about an hour. If you have a high power blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtech you may skip this step.
  • Transfer all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks

 

14 thoughts on “Date Paste

  1. Definitely one of your greatest achievements! Although I don’t have to have sweetener for anything, my family cannot go without it. But both my husband and son have reactions to sugar and get hypoglycemic. I have to have something for them or else they will be sneaking off to eat a Snicker’s. I have tried all the sugar substitutes and this is the only thing that works for us. Even honey makes me go blind in one eye when I eat it.

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  2. As I use stevia in my products, my food scientist and myself have been doing a lot of research on stevia. The stevia market is starting to explode with a lot of products currently using it. you will see in the the near future a tremendous growth in this segment. There are a lot of choices out there where there were few. There is a company called “Oh So Sweet” which has some great tasting products. Don’t know if they’re available to the public yet.

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