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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

Gluten free Dairy free Egg free Grain free Soy free

Since date sugar is 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.

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.

Try out our recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn Seasoning which is made with this Date Sugar. Totally delish!

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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
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  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.

Try out our recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn Seasoning which is made with this Date Sugar.

Enjoy!

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Until today, I'd never heard of 'date sugar' (I love dates). Clever. And, adding it to popcorn (your other recipe) is an idea I will have to try. I'm a popcorn glutton. So, mixing it will all sorts of spices and ingredients floats my boat!

Kelly
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Hi Kelly! Glad that this opens up some new taste sensations for you. Enjoy!

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