Homemade date sugar is here! It took me 2 tries before achieving the method (first round burnt LOL – if you saw my Instagram stories then you already know).
Why make date sugar instead of just adding a date to things? Well you can certainly add whole dates to a smoothie and blend….but what about the below?
• Baked goods
• Warm sweet potatoes
….Imagine adding 1-2 dates to the above to sweeten them. Kinda difficult, right? Now you can add natural sweetness to all the things!
Dates (no measurements)
1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees F. (I first tried at 250 degrees and they burnt. You have to bake them low and slow to ensure they don’t burn…almost like dehydrating them)
2. Slice dates in half to ensure no “nasties” are inside (hey, it happens to best of dates!)
3. Spread out dates on a baking sheet and bake for 90 minutes. They should be a dark brown but not black. Texture should be still a little soft. Move dates around on baking sheet so they don’t stick and leave in oven with oven turned off for another 3 hours. They should harden.
4. Place hardened dates in a food processor or coffee grinder (I found it’s easier to do small batches at a time rather than all once) and grind until they turn into a fine powder. If clumps form that’s ok, you can break them up later / before use. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
If you try this be sure to tag me on Instagram, I’d love to see your version! See you there! @lilsipper