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Date Syrup

Green Light sweeteners are a little hard to come by. Date sugar, which is simply dried, pulverized dates, can be used as a whole-food, granulated sugar, and blackstrap molasses is a good choice for a healthy liquid sweetener, but it has a strong, sometimes overpowering flavor. We’ve come up with our own DIY date syrup we hope you’ll love as much as we do.
Prep Time1 hr
Difficulty: Easy
Makes: About 1 1/2 Cups
Author: Dr. Michael Greger & Robin Robertson from The How Not to Die Cookbook


  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon blended peeled lemon


  • Combine the dates and hot water in a heatproof bowl and set aside for 1 hour to soften the dates. Transfer the dates and water to a high-speed blender. Add the lemon and blend until smooth. Transfer to a glass jar or other airtight container with a tight-fitting lid. 
  • Store the syrup in the refrigerator for up to 2 to 3 weeks.

14 responses to “Date Syrup

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  1. I keep this on hand in my fridge at all times now, just because of how many of the HNTD recipes call for it. It’s also a great way to use up dates that have gotten a bit old and dried out since you can’t tell the quality of the dates after you blend them with boiling water and stir the syrup into something else.

      1. if you use Meyer lemons, I would blend the entire lemon, peel and all. I use my own organic Meyer lemons this way for salads, juices, teas or whatever wants a bit of lemon plus all the nutrients in the skin too.

  2. Do you mean put the entire peeled lemon, including the peel, in a blender and blend? Makes a paste or something like that? Or do you mean something else?

  3. Using tamarind pulp instead of lemon can nicely change the taste. You can use it as a chutney with your sandwiches n stuff.
    I always recomend dates for anemia esp to pregnant women who have trouble ingesting supplements due to nausea.

  4. Anyones knows whats the latin name lf date?.
    The scientific or botanic name.
    It is for try to get them in other countries, because they may have differents names.

    Thank you

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