Healthy & Gluten Free

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Date sugar is actually just roasted or dehydrated and ground dates. It's easy to make yourself.

Homemade date sugar in a small bowl
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Prep time: 5 minutes      Cook time:      Makes: 1/2 cup      Difficulty: Medium

Since it's a whole food, and contains much more than just sugar, such as the original fiber, it does not dissolve. This makes it suitable when a recipe does not require the sugar to dissolve.

Gluten free Dairy free Egg free Vegan

In this recipe, I'll show you how to roast the dates, though you can also dehydrate them in the sun or in a dehydrator. If you want to use a dehydrator, spread dates out on the trays and dry them at about 105° F for two days.

Shopping Tips - what to look for to get the best gluten free, real ingredients for this recipe:

All dried fruit should be organic, labeled gluten free, unsweetened, unsulfured and contain no other ingredients or additives.

You want to purchase organic, unsweetened dates, labeled gluten free, without sulfur, and no other additives. If it does not contain sulfur it will actually need to state that, as sulfur is not always required to be on the label. It should only contain the dried fruit. These are readily available in stores that carry organic products.

Buying organic reduces a number of toxic chemicals that can cause harm to humans. When you are required to eat gluten free, you will need to reduce all unnecessary stress on your stomach, so that it has a better chance of healing. Using organic fruits and vegetables will go a long way to achieving this.

Consumer Reports has also published a report. They have a nice summary of residues on both conventional and organic produce. This is a good place to start if this is a new topic for you, and it gives good detail, but in a readable format.

Check out this article on the benefits of organic:

Ingredients:
Whole dates
Image by: Thora Toft
4 ounces (100 g) Dates, pitted
Directions:
Dates cut in half on a cutting board
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  1. Preheat oven to about 250° F (120° C).
  2. Cut dates in half, and remove pits, if any.
  3. Lay on a baking tray. Keep space between them; you don't want them all bunched up.
  4. Place in oven and bake for about 1 hour. Stir about every 15 minutes. As they start to darken, watch them closely, so they don't burn. They will be very dark when done, but not quite black. The time needed will vary depending on the moisture content. They will still be soft in the oven when they are ready. When they start darkening, take one out of the oven, and let it cool completely. If it is hard, and snaps when broken, they are ready.
Roasted dates on a cutting board
Image by: Thora Toft
  1. When they are done, remove them from the oven and let them cool completely.
  2. Place them in a sturdy blender, food processor or coffee style grinder. Grind until they are a fine powder.
  3. Store in an air tight container. Date sugar will stick together, so break off the amount you need, and separate with a fork.

Enjoy!

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