This date syrup for babies is the best natural sweetener that is so easy to make. The date syrup contains two ingredients: dates and water. It only takes one minute to blend this homemade date paste to naturally sweeten foods for your baby, toddler, or even yourself.
Refined sugar was a high food intolerance for me on my latest bioresonance food sensitivity test. When I ran out of my monk fruit and erythritol sweetener for myself, I wanted to find another natural sweetener. That’s when making a date syrup came to mind.
I also wanted to make a date syrup for my toddler as I would like to avoid giving her refined sugar as much as possible. She has had bites of sweet treats when out with friends, but I have not given her any refined sugar at home.
Instead, I use bananas which she loves to sweeten this banana oatmeal for babies that she has for breakfast almost every morning. While bananas are great, I also wanted to be able to sweeten other recipes for her, so I decided to try making a simple date syrup for babies.
Perfect, I thought. Homemade date syrup is excellent for both my toddler and me. If you are looking for an easy homemade natural sweetener, this date syrup recipe for babies, toddlers, and adults is for you!
How to make date syrup for babies
It is so easy to make this date syrup recipe. All you need is a good quality high-speed blender such as the Vitamix to blend into a smooth paste.
Hard dates can be challenging to blend depending on your blender, so it is best to soak the dates in 1 cup of boiling water for half an hour. Transfer the softened dates with water into a blender and blend on high for 1 minute.
Transfer the blended date syrup to a glass jar, store it in the fridge, and use it as needed.
You can add more water if you want a thinner consistency, but I found the texture perfect for my uses.
What to do with date syrup
Once you have made the date syrup recipe, you might wonder how can I use date syrup? The ideas are endless. I suggest substituting all refined sugar with this date syrup and seeing how it tastes because you never know until you try! You will most likely be surprised with how many recipes taste just as good with date syrup.
Another way I use the date syrup is in my smoothies and chia puddings. Now that I have a homemade date syrup stored in my fridge, I’m sure I will try substituting honey and all other sweeteners with this date syrup in salad dressings and any recipe that calls for a touch of sweetener.
Benefits of dates
Homemade date syrup made from blended dates with water is a great sugar substitute as dates contain vitamins and minerals, including calcium, magnesium, amino acids, iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, and manganese, plus small amounts of B vitamins.
Dates also contain various phytochemicals that have been shown to act as potent antioxidants, anti-glycemics, and anti-inflammatories. While dates are mostly sugar, they contain fiber and have a low glycemic index making them a great sweetener for people with diabetes.
Obesity and diabetes are becoming prevalent in young children, so it is our job as parents to avoid giving our kids processed sugar. In a study of 100 people with diabetes, the consumption of 3 dates daily for 16 weeks did not raise HA1c levels in type 2 diabetes. Instead, the type 2 diabetes that consumed three dates daily had a significant decrease in total cholesterol and improvement in lipid profiles.
One of the reasons why refined white sugar is detrimental to our health is because it has been stripped of all its nutrients and fiber and is essentially empty calories that deplete the body of vital nutrients such as B vitamins and magnesium.
Dates, on the other hand, are a whole food that contains fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that are beneficial for the body and the reason why they are a great natural sugar substitute for regular table sugar.
Go ahead and get the whole family and all your friends onto this homemade date syrup for babies as a natural sugar substitute! Also, be sure to sign up to the natural nutrition community and gain access to my free resource library with a recipe E-book for babies!
Date Syrup for Babies
- 1 High speed blender
- 1 Kettle
- 1 Bowl
- 1 cup dates
- 1 cup boiling water
- Boil 1 cup of water in a kettle then place in a bowl with dates. Let the dates soak for 30 minutes to soften.
- Transfer the dates and water into a blender then blend for 1 minute until you have a smooth date paste. Store in a glass jar in the fridge.