Do you have any dry old dates lying around?
A bit hard and not attractive at all. What to do with them?
I’ve got the solution!
How about date syrup?
Raw date syrup has a lovely caramel flavor and is so incredibly easy to make. Just dates and water. It is great on “nice cream”, desserts, even breakfasts and so on.
But most of all it is a wonderful sweetener! A raw natural sweetener.
With more nutrients than agave and no distinct flavor like honey or maple syrup for instance, you can use a dollop to sweeten most dishes.
And it is homemade!
Do add some lime or lemon juice. It will give a crisp flavor and some depth to the sauce. Plus it’s a natural preservative.
You might have a bag of lucuma lying around too, then use some in the syrup as well ;-)
Dates, pitted, at least 1 cup, so you can easily run your mixer
Optional: some fresh juice from lime or lemon.
Optional: Lucuma for more of a caramel flavor
- Place dates in a glass jar or similar and barely cover them with water. Let soak overnight in the fridge if the dates are very dry. If fresh and moist, use right away.
- Pour dates and soak water into a mixer cup and run until smooth. Add more water for thinner syrup.
- If you like, add lime or lemon juice and Lucuma to your liking.
If you hear a sharp clicking sound when running the mixer, there most likely is a pit or a piece of a pit in the sauce. Stop the mixer, remove the cup and fish it out. Fingers work best ;-).
Do you have any great ideas for using date syrup?