Date Syrup

Recipe by: Dr. Michael Greger & Robin Robertson from The How Not to Die Cookbook
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.
4.24 from 125 votes
Prep Time 1 hr
Course Condiment
Difficulty Easy
Daily Dozen


  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  • 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.
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