5 Recipes that Work Great with Date Sugar

October 20, 2022 3 min read

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 5 Recipes that Work Great with Date Sugar

Why cook with date sugar?

Everyday, more health-conscious people switch from cooking with traditional sugars to using date sugar in their recipes. The main reason for this trend is that date sugar is nutritious, while traditional sugars, such as white sugar, contain no nutritional value. On the other hand, date sugar is filled with nutrients including potassium, magnesium, iron, and more. 

Though date sugar is a healthy sugar substitute, it doesn't always behave the same as sugar in recipes. For those using date sugar for the first time, check out our baking with date sugar guide

To help you get started cooking with date sugar, we have created a list of 5 recipes that go well with date sugar:

Top 5 Date Sugar Recipes

1. Healthy Banana Bread

Banana Bread sweetened with date sugar
Not only is date sugar-sweetened banana bread a great breakfast option, it is also gluten free and vegan (this recipe calls for non-dairy milk and a gluten free flour blend), making it a great option for those with gluten allergies, celiac disease, or vegans. Since date sugar is made from whole dates, it is the perfect accent for the banana flavoring. 

2. Berry Smoothie

Berry smoothie sweetened with date sugar



Looking to sweeten your healthy smoothie without compromising its nutrition? We recommend 2 tbsp. of date sugar. However, you can experiment with more or less depending on your desired sweetness. Date sugar works great in a variety of smoothies. Even green smoothies can become sweet with the addition of some date sugar. I personally like to add date sugar to offset the bitter taste of the kale and spinach I tend to add to my smoothies.

3. Easy and Nutritious Granola

Granola with date sugar
Did you know that most granola is loaded with processed sugar? Swapping refined sugars for date sugar is a great way to keep your granola sweet and add nutrients at the same time. If you already like to add dried fruit to your granola, you will love the natural sugary taste of date sugar. Whether you eat it for breakfast, or take it as a power snack on a long hike, date sugar granola will fill you with lasting energy throughout your day. 

4. Rich chocolate mocha cake

Chocolate mocha cake sweetened with date sugar recipe image
This is one of my all time favorite date sugar recipes because I first invented it cooking with my 5 year old daughter. The amazing thing about this chocolate mocha cake recipe is that the only sweetener is date sugar. This means that all the sweetness comes from 100% dried date fruit. It's not often that you can find a cake with no added sugars. Oftentimes when I introduce date sugar dessert recipes to my friends, they are skeptical. It is hard for them to believe that date sugar can truly sweeten a recipe like white sugar does. However, tasting this cake changes most minds.

5. Orange Chicken

Orange chicken sauce made from date sugar 

Recipe number 5 is orange chicken with a date sugar-based sauce. Using date sugar as the main ingredient in this recipe gives the chicken a caramel taste. This is one of my go to dinner recipes when I need to feed a crowd. The sauce is a wonderful blend of both sweet and savory. It can also be adapted for flavoring other meat-based meals.

When Not to Use Date Sugar

The above recipes are great examples of how date sugar can be used. However, since date sugar is high in fiber it doesn't work well in certain beverages such as tea because the fiber can collect at the bottom. For use in beverages, we have developed Date Powder, the healthiest powdered sugar alternative on the market. Also, date sugar tends to have a caramel taste. When this taste is not desired, it is best to not use date sugar. For more info on how to use date sugar, check out our comprehensive guide.

Ready to get cooking with date sugar? PurDate date sugar is available anywhere in the US.

What recipes have you used date sugar in? Let us know in the comments :)


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