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VIDEO: Make your own liquid sweetener from dates

Most liquid sweeteners available in the market aren’t “whole foods”. They are concentrated and processed foods that don’t contain the nutrients and fiber of the original food. Essentially, they are mostly sugar and nothing else. Since I’m a big believer in eating minimally processed foods, I don’t use these liquid sweeteners very often.

In this video, I’ll show you how to make a liquid sweetener alternative from dried dates without removing any of the fiber. It’s quick, easy and you get to keep all the nutrients in the dates!

This sweetener can be used as a replacement for recipes that don’t require an intense sweet flavour. The date sweetener is mild and has it’s own appeal – it tastes a bit like caramel. Not intense caramel, but a mild caramel that is soft and inviting. The best part is you can make the sweetener to suit your needs. You can make it as thick of as thin as you want. Thick is great for certain recipes while a thinner consistency works well for drizzling. So let’s get started. Watch the video by clicking above.

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    Micaela Almeida
    February 10, 2018 at 4:34 am Hi Ria, lovely video - will try it this weekend - how long will the sweetener keep and should it be kept in the pantry or in the fridge? Thank you :)
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      Ria | The Whole + Happy Life
      February 10, 2018 at 10:56 am Thank you, Micaela! Great question. For anything that contains water, it's always a good idea to keep it in the fridge so it doesn't spoil. I've had the date sweetener in the fridge for up to 5 days with no issues. Only thing to consider is that you'll need to give it a good stir before use as sometimes the date fibre and the water separates (sort of like how a smoothie separates naturally after a while). Hope that helps!
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    Roxanne Huber
    October 1, 2018 at 9:14 pm How much will this recipe make (if you want yours on the runnier end)?
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