A jar of Date syrup with a drizzle and teaspoon

Learning how to make your own date syrup is the perfect way to reduced refined sugar consumption if you enjoy the odd sweet treat. It’s versatile and delectable, better still it’s super simple to make at home.

All it takes is a few ingredients and a high speed blender. With a little extra reduction a date syrup can become a replacement for treacle or molasses, but this sweetener is high in antioxidants and a source of magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. Drizzle on your pancakes, use in baking or for dressings for summer salads.

If you enjoy using homemade sweeteners, you might like to try a Dandelion Honey, it’s light and floral, a perfect vegan honey alternative for sweet and savoury recipes.

Date Syrup


  • 1kg dried dates
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 litres boiling water
  • 10ml lemon juice


  1. Avi says:

    That’s a lot of work! I just let a cup of medjool dates sit in a cup of boiling water for an hour, add lemon juice, and puree it all in my blender. The result is the texture of applesauce and works just fine in smoothies and hot cereals as a sweetener.

    1. ishbel says:

      Yes, I agree, it’s a bit of work, but totally worth it. The boiling method is perfect for smoothies and cereal. But if you want a treacle or molasses-like syrup for smooth (textureless) cordials, dressings or desserts this is the way to go.

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