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How to Substitute Dates for Sugar

Updated February 21, 2017

Dates have a natural sweetness to them that concentrates as they dry. You can harness this natural flavour to make your own date sugar as a replacement for white or brown sugar in recipes. Date sugar is a healthier alternative to regular sugar as it contains all of the fibre, vitamins and minerals found in whole dates. To save time, look for pitted dates in your grocer's baking or produce aisle.

Heat the oven to 232 degrees Celsius. Scatter the sliced and pitted dates in a single layer on a baking tray.

Bake the dates for 10 to 15 minutes until they're dried and hard.

Grind the dates until they reach the texture of sugar in a food processor or spice grinder.

Replace each cup of sugar with one cup of homemade date sugar.

Dissolve the date sugar in a small amount of hot water or use it in hot, liquid recipes to prevent it from clumping.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking tray
  • Fresh dates, pitted and sliced
  • Food processor or spice grinder
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