I consider myself to be a lover of all things sweet. The sweeter, the better in my opinion. There is however one food out there that is too sweet even for my tastes, and that food is dates. Specifically Medjool dates, but even the regular ones can be too sweet for me. So, what to do with nature’s perfect sweetener? Turn it into sugar of course!
Now, this sugar will be great in anything baked, or oatmeal in the morning, and it is awesome to have in smoothies where everything gets blended together. The one this it is not good for is tea, or coffee, or anything that sugar needs to be dissolved in because date sugar is baked and ground up dates. Therefore they do not dissolve when put in liquid so stick to your agave nectar or pure maple syrup for those.
Benefits of Date Sugar
Dehydration or baking of dates does not diminish the vitamins found in regular dates all that much, so you still get the yummy nutrition of dates in your date sugar.
For one thing date sugar is not processed of refined the way white sugar is, and contains a lot of vitamins and minerals, and, of course, fiber!
Date sugar will keep you fuller for longer periods of time since it still contains it’s carbohydrates, protein, and fiber.
If you are looking for something other than bananas for your potassium then dates are the way to go, as just a cup of them contains almost 1,000 mg! Don’t worry about potassium overdose either. It’s practically impossible on whole plant foods. Someone who is 165 lbs. requires 195,000 mg of potassium in order to reach toxicity levels. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I could eat 195 cups of dates, or 195 bananas.
Date sugar is also a pretty decent source of both iron and calcium.
Date Sugar Recipe
The dates used in date sugar are typically either deglet noor or medjool dates. These are the sweetest varieties of dates and are perfect for making sugar with. They are both somewhat pricey, but a little goes a long ways and 2/3 cup of date sugar can be substituted for 1 cup regular sugar.
Date sugar should be stored in an airtight container and will last you several weeks.
1 14 oz. package either medjool or deglet noor dates (pitted).
- Set oven to 300° F
- Spread dates evenly over a parchment lined baking sheet. (I wouldn’t use a non-stick mat as that might be a bit of a mess to clean up)
- Bake them around 60-75 minutes, keeping a watchful eye on them. You want the dates to be very hard, but not charred.
- Once they reach desired hardness remove from oven and let cool completely.
- Once fully cooled add them, in batches, to a food processor and pulse until a powder is formed.
Note: This might lump back together after putting it through the food processor and that’s perfectly normal.
See, isn’t that easy? And you get a sugar that is full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber!
If this helped you in any way, or if you have any questions please comment and I will be more than happy to elaborate!
Thanks for reading,