June 16, 2014
Who Can Say No To A Date...
If you read my blogs regularly, you know that I am always in search of finding the healthiest ways to enhance food. I said so long to refined sugar, dairy, and gluten long ago so finding options to naturally sweeten is always on my radar. My newest find is date syrup. It is simple, takes little effort, and will add sweetness to unsweetened yogurt, smoothies, or homemade granola. It's even a good way to kick up your morning coffee or tea instead of sugar.
So here's the skinny on dates. While packing a nice punch of natural sweetness, they are more importantly brimming with many rich nutrients. Among them are potassium, magnesium, and fiber. Three dietary elements that are often difficult to get enough of in our daily lives. Dates are, by no means, free of calories. But in comparison to other sweeteners, they are your best bet for an all around good option if you are looking to put a little spark into an otherwise bland dish.
All you have to do is combine 1/2 cup pitted dates, 1/2 cup water, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a covered bowl. Place in the refrigerator for 24 hours, stirring occasionally. The dates will eventually dissolve, becoming the most beautiful syrup. If you don't have 24 hours, you can let it sit for 8 hours and blend it. Keep it covered and refrigerated. It should last for a week (if you haven't gobbled it up already)!