Medjool Date Syrup

Back to Recipes Total Time: 3 hours, 25 minutes Yields 1 cup


  • 6 cups water
  • 4 cups Natural Delights Medjool Dates (about 40 dates)


An excellent natural sugar substitute, drizzle this rich syrup over pancakes, waffles or toast or use in place of maple syrup or honey.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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%