An excellent natural sugar substitute, drizzle this rich syrup over pancakes, waffles or toast or use in place of maple syrup or honey.
Bring water and dates to a boil in a large pot; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour, stirring occasionally and pressing dates with the back of a spoon.
Line a large colander with a double layer of cheesecloth leaving about 6 inches overlapped at the top. Place over a bowl that’s slightly smaller so the bottom of the colander sits above the bowl. Carefully ladle or pour dates and liquid into colander. Press well with the back of a spoon to force liquid into the bowl. Fold aside for 1 hour to drain.
When cool enough to handle gather excess cheesecloth at the top and twist tightly to enclose dates; squeeze dates firmly to remove as much liquid as possible.
Pour liquid into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes or until mixture has reduced to just slightly over 1 cup, stirring frequently. As mixture reduces, lower heat and stir frequently to avoid scorching. Syrup will thicken as it cools.
Nutritional analysis per serving (2 tbsp.) - Calories: 170, Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0g, MUFA: 0, PUFA: 0, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 0mg, Potassium: 418mg, Carbohydrates: 45g, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 40g, Protein: 1g, Vitamin A: 2%, Vitamin C: 0%, Calcium: 4%, Iron: 4%