How to make raw date syrup


Date syrup is my go to sweetener of choice. I use it to sweeten my yogurt, top my morning oats, smother my waffles, etc. It’s an excellent, all natural sweetener and is really the only “sweetener” I ever use. If I’m not using it in a specific recipe, I’ll scrape in half of a vanilla bean – which really makes for a delicious syrup. And obviously I’m sharing this recipe for a reason. Come Wednesday, you’ll be able to make a damn good pie with this date syrup – so get to work.


8-9 medjool dates
1 1/4 cups filtered water, plus more for soaking dates
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

Place the dates in a small bowl; cover with warm water and let sit for 30 minutes. Once the dates have soaked, drain the water then add the dates, filtered water, and lemon juice to the container of a high speed blender, such as a Vitamix. Blend for 45-60 seconds, or until smooth. Transfer to an air tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Yield: 1 1/3 cups

  • Shannon March 19, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    I don’t know why I have never thought of this. It’s probably so caramely & wonderful.

    • Ashlae March 19, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      It’s delicious! And for raw caramel, reduce the water to 1/4 cup :)

  • Amanda March 19, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    This sounds awesome! I’m always looking for healthier, natural sweeteners and I can’t wait to give this a try. I love that it keeps for so long, too!

  • Cara March 19, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    What do you mean this is a boring post??? This is so creative! What a cool recipe–I wanna try this!

  • Raquel @ Ovenmitts Vegan Blog March 19, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    This is so creative! Have you tried using it in other recipes, like cookies and cakes? Does it work?

    • Anonymous October 27, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      Yes it works perfectly in all kinds of cakes, makes them taste delicious but incredibly healthy with a natural sweetner!

  • Richa March 19, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    That pie looks oh so amazing.. i am wondering how this fares in cookies too!
    I was just thinking of picking up some date syrup the other day.. now i can make my own! love that picture!

  • birrrd March 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    If I, oh if I had a Vitamix. Or another high speed blender. Well. No date syrup for me..

    • Anonymous August 6, 2012 at 2:12 AM

      If you soak the dates overnight in water, they will easily blitz in a conventional blender!

  • Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes March 20, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    This is so awesome – thanks for sharing, mmmm raw caramel- I could totally go for some of that goodness right now!

  • Mindy March 22, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    silly question….do you put the water you used for soaking in with the dates when you blend??

    • Ashlae March 23, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      No, you drain the soaking water.

      • Jeremy July 30, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        Why discard the soak water? It becomes very sweet as it pulls sugar from the dates, so you’re just wasting all that sweetness. Wouldn’t it be better to blend the dates along with the soak water instead of dumping it out and adding fresh water?

        • Ashlae August 1, 2014 at 8:53 AM

          Hi Jeremy –

          I discard it because it collects all the nasty stuff that was one residing on the outside of the dates. I don’t want my date syrup tainted by chemicals, dirt, etc. :)

  • Anonymous March 22, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    It sounds wonderful! How long does it last?

    • Ashlae March 23, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      1,472 years ;)

  • Andrea March 23, 2012 at 5:55 AM

    I like to sweeten things with dates but I’ve always been very haphazard about it, never writing out a recipe or doing the same thing twice. I just throw the dates in until the thing I’m sweetening is sweet enough. Of course, your method makes much more sense. Might as well have a plan.

    • Ashlae March 23, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      I’m the same way – I rarely ever follow recipes. But, for some reason, people prefer the guided, more complicated method.

  • Maggie Muggins March 23, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Huh, it’s so simple yet there’s no way in hell I ever would have thought of that. Caramel that’s yummy and healthy?! And here I was cooking sugar over the stovetop like a chump.

  • shira March 27, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    This looks amazing! I’ve always been a little more barbaric – choosing the unsophisticated route of tearing dates into pieces and putting them on my food – this is a wonderful recipe! *Love* Great blog!

  • FI / CLUSSSTER March 29, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Love love this! I can’t believe something so simple tastes so good! And yes, I immediately made this. ha! Now I want to add it to everything. Used it this morning on an onion and curry potato omelet. Yup, teaspoon of this to help caramelize the onions and it was AMAZING.

    Thanks for sharing!


    PS: thanks for your lovely comment on my blog :)

  • eatrightandom August 5, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Thanks for the ‘how-to’. I never thought of adding lemon juice. This is perfect for a lemon-poppy-oatmeal bar I’m working on!

  • Dawn October 7, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Now, I need to get some dates from Trader Joe’s!

  • Anonymous February 17, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    Would this work in a food processor?

    • Ashlae February 17, 2013 at 6:08 AM

      I haven’t tried, sorry!

  • Gayle Krupin April 18, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Anyone tried this instead of agave in baking? Light agave has little taste and I’m wondering if the date syrup would be overpowering. I love all things dates and I am so up in the air about agave, I was looking for a substitute.

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  • Becky January 24, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Great recipe; it came out perfectly. For those who dont own a vitamix, we have a nutribullet and it comes with a milling blade which was amazing for things like this and can even make nut butters. i believe its less than $100.

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  • Nikole February 24, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Well I feel like an idiot. I read the water portion as for soaking purposes only. Lol. I was wondering why it wouldn’t liquefy. I ended up adding some almond milk but I was so irritated with the recipe until after just re-reading the recipe I feel beyond silly. Well it’s great with a splash of almond milk. I’ll give this recipe another try and actually add water to it. Lol :D

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    I keep coming back to this again and again–it’s great in Bulletproof Coffee and we just put it as a sweetener in some paleo BBQ sauce. Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing this.

  • suzie blair May 19, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Ashlae, could I use your date syrup in my coffee instead of sugar. Do you think it would melt into the coffee like sugar. I am trying to cut down on my sugar, but love everything super sweet. Thank-you, Suzie

    • Ashlae May 19, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      Hi Suzie –

      I haven’t tried it, so I can’t say for certain. However, it should work. Enjoy!

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    if i want to use date syrup to replace pure maple syrup how do i found out the mesurements that match up equally. or do i just have to experiment?

    • Ashlae July 15, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      Hi Shelly –

      Unfortunately it will require a bit of experimentation, as maple syrup is considerably sweeter than raw date syrup.

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