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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


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. 


  • 2 cups Medjool Dates, with pits removed


  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 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 syrup in a glass with waffles