If you want to cut down on sugar, you'll want to avoid using white refined sugar in coffee, tea, and recipes. For recipes that do require some sweetness, date syrup is an excellent alternative, containing vitamins, minerals, and healthy fiber. You can use date syrup to reduce your refined sugar intake without compromising on flavour. Here's a list of suggestions to use date syrup, which will make it a favourite item in your fridge!
When you use date syrup for baking, the general rule of thumb for substituting sugar for date syrup is 2/3 cup date syrup for every 1 cup of sugar. Also use a little less liquid in the recipe. Or simply replace honey, maple syrup, or molasses with date syrup in baking recipes for a more caramel-like flavour unique to dates.
Add 2 cups water and dates to the OmniBlend jug and pulse to break up the dates. Prevent creating a paste at this point, you just want a course chop, so don't blend and rather pulse the ingredients.
Pour the water and date mix and the remaining water in a sauce pan, and simmer (without the lid) on low to medium heat for about 30 minutes. Leave to cool down for an hour, and then add to the OmniBlend jug and blend starting on low speed, increasing to high, for 60 seconds. Taste and if you prefer it sweeter, return the syrup to the sauce pan and simmer further until it's reached your desired sweetness.
We used date syrup in this delicious Vegan Chocolate Cake.