Today we are making date syrup, a 1 ingredient sauce that’s perfect for drizzling over pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, or just about anything sweet! It’s a lusciously thick, 100% plant based syrup with no added sugar, made from medjool dates stewed with water, strained, and reduced. This decadent syrup comes together in under 2 hours.

date syrup pouring over waffles

We all know that when you’re eating a dish that includes syrup, it’s going to be good. And this date syrup is an easy-to-make and refined sugar free alternative to traditional syrup.

If you’ve ever had Moroccan food, you’re likely familiar with how much of a staple dates are in our cuisine. They’re naturally sweet, filling, and provide a creamy and thick texture when used in a variety of different recipes.

Whether you’re drizzling date syrup over pancakes or waffles, it’s going to add a subtly sweet flavor that’s reminiscent of butterscotch and a texture similar to caramel.

There are about a million ways to use this stuff, the easiest being as a sweetener (and substitute for sugar) in drinks like this Moroccan mint tea or cafe con leche.

date syrup in a glass

Ingredients

As mentioned above, all you need to make this syrup is 1 ingredient:

  • Medjool Dates

See recipe card for quantities.

a box of dates on a counter

Step by Step Instructions

two hands removing the pit from a date
Remove the pits. Cut a small slice halfway through each date to remove the pits. Discard pits. 
dates steeping in a bowl of water
Steep the dates. Add pitted dates to a bowl and cover with hot water. Let steep for an hour. 
dates with water in a pot
Boil the dates. Transfer the dates, the water they steeped in, and an additional cup of water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Continue to simmer over medium low for 40 minutes, or until the liquid begins to thicken. Mix and add a splash of hot water (about a half cup) at the halfway point. 
date pulp straining into a bowl
Strain. Strain the liquids from the solids using a mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Keep reading for ideas on how to use the leftover date pulp. 
date syrup simmering in a pot
Reduce. Transfer the liquid back into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer, mixing regularly until it thickens, about 20 minutes. Cool and store. 

How to Use the Pulp

Similar to the pulp that’s leftover after juicing, this recipe results in leftover date pulp that can be composted or used in a variety of ways.

If you’re interested in using the date pulp that the syrup is strained from, here are a few tasty ideas:

  • Smoothies – add a few spoonfuls of the pulp to your favorite smoothie. The flavors will sweeten up just about any combination of fruits and/or veggies, but goes especially well with bananas, peanut butter, greens, and berries.
  • Add to pancakes/waffles – add a spoonful of date pulp to your favorite pancake or waffle batter to increase the fiber content and add a naturally sweet bite.
  • Baked goods – sweeten baked goods (like muffins, cakes, etc.) naturally by adding a bit of the pulp and reducing the added artificial sugar.

This trick not only reduces food waste, but adds fiber to your diet and decreases the need for added sugar!

date pulp straining into a bowl

Where to Use Date Syrup

Date syrup is the perfect ingredient to use in place of your traditional syrup, whether it’s maple syrup, pancake syrup, or even honey.

This makes it an extremely versatile ingredient that can be used in many different ways. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Salad dressings – skip the honey or maple syrup and add a teaspoon or two of date syrup for a naturally sweet twist in dressings
  • Baked goods – substitute your honey or maple syrup in recipes with a 1-to-1 ratio with your date syrup and infuse your baked goods with that delicious date flavor
  • Drizzled over just about anything – drizzle this syrup over pancakes, waffles, french toast, ice cream, oats, banana bread, muffins, you name it!

Don’t forget that this ingredient works interchangeably as a sweetener in pretty much any recipe. Drizzle it into smoothies, tea, coffee, etc. to satisfy your sweet tooth!

date syrup pouring over waffles

Equipment

To make this recipe you will need some kind of strainer to remove the solids from the liquids. I recommend using either a piece of cheesecloth or a mesh strainer.

You will also need a heat resistant bowl; I like using these Pyrex bowls.

waffles with date syrup

Storage

Store your date syrup in a jar with an air tight lid and it should keep in the fridge for up to 14 days or 2 weeks.

This recipe doesn’t stand up well to freezing.

Enjoy,

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date syrup pouring over waffles

Date Syrup (1 Ingredient)

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: ½ cup 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Sauce
  • Method: Stewed
  • Cuisine: Moroccan
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Today we are making date syrup, a 1 ingredient sauce that’s perfect for drizzling over pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, or just about anything sweet! It’s a lusciously thick, 100% plant based syrup with no added sugar, made from medjool dates stewed with water, strained, and reduced. This decadent syrup comes together in under 2 hours. 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 cups Medjool Dates, with pits removed

Instructions

  1. Remove the pits. Cut a small slice halfway through each date to remove the pits. Discard pits. a hand holding up a date
  2. Steep the dates. Add pitted dates to a bowl and cover with hot water. Let steep for an hour.dates with water in a pot
  3. Boil the dates. Transfer the dates, the water they steeped in, and an additional cup of water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Continue to simmer over medium low for 40 minutes, or until the liquid begins to thicken. Mix and add a splash of hot water (about a half cup) at the halfway point. dates boiling with water in a pot
  4. Strain. Strain the liquids from the solids using a mesh strainer or cheesecloth.date pulp straining into a bowl
  5. Reduce. Transfer the liquid back into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer, mixing regularly until it thickens, about 20 minutes. Cool and store.date syrup in a glass with waffles