Date syrup is a healthy, delicious & natural sweetener made with dates. It is use over bread, pancakes, desserts, ice creams and a lot more …
For those who are familiar with it, and wish to make it at home or for those who have never tried it, this recipe will show you how easy it is to make it with just a couple of ingredients and a very simple process.
1 cup of dates (250 grams)
1 cup water
cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer
big bowl that strainer fits over
Lidded jar for storage
HOW TO MAKE DATE SYRUP
Step 1: Chop and Pit the Dates
If the dates aren’t already pitted, you’ll first need to pit them and then chop them into several pieces. It can be easiest to do this with a lightly oiled knife.
Step 2: Soak the Dates
Soak the dates to allow them to soften up. This is especially important if you’re using dried dates. Do this by placing all the dates in a large bowl and topping them with boiling water, and soaking for 20-30 minutes.Then rinse and drain the dates.
Note: You may not need to do this if the dates are soft enough.
Step 3: Simmer the Dates
Add the dates to a large saucepan and add enough water to cover the dates completely. Then bring to a soft boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Allow them to simmer for around one hour, stirring occasionally. During this time, the water will turn a darker brown color. Then, allow the mixture to cool for a further 20-30 minutes before carrying on with the following step.
Step 4: Strain the Date Mixture
Line a fine-mesh strainer with 2 layers of cheesecloth on top of a bowl. Pour the date purée through. Once all the pulp is in the strainer, pull the sides of the cheesecloth together and twist to press out as much syrup as possible. Alternatively, you could blend the entire mixture into more of a puree and then sieve.
Step 5: Reduce the Syrup
To do this, pour the liquid back to the pot and simmer over medium-low heat until it is reduced to your preferred consistency and flavor (be careful not to burn it).
Once ready, allow the syrup to cool before transferring it to a sterilized airtight jar/bottle. keep it refrigerated. It is best used within three weeks.
BENEFITS OF DATE SYRUP
According to Healthline, there are various benefits of date syrup;
Useful in Treating Blood Sugar Problems
Date syrup are found useful in treating blood sugar related problems, diabetes and its related complications. According to a recent research date have shown potential protective effects against early diabetic complications of both liver and kidney.
Date syrup are good for treating digestive disorders, especially chronic diarrhea! dates syrup also act as a powerful disinfectant and kill bacteria that enter the alimentary tract.
Improves Bone Health
Date syrup could do wonders for your bone health too. Dates are rich in selenium, manganese, copper, and magnesium, and all of these are required when it comes to keeping our bones healthy, and preventing conditions such as osteoporosis.
High in Fiber
Fiber can benefit your digestive health by preventing constipation. It promotes regular bowel movements by contributing to the formation of stool
It Contains Lots of Antioxidants
Date syrup is great for protecting our cells against harmful free radicals linked to several chronic inflammation-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.
May Promote Natural Labor
Dates have been studied for their potential to promote and ease late-term labor in pregnant women. Taking date syrup throughout the last few weeks of pregnancy may promote cervical dilation and lower the need for induced labor. They may also be helpful for reducing labor time.