Healthier alternatives to refined sugar are experiencing a huge boom in the past few years. In addition to stevia and Splenda, you can also use dates to make your desserts naturally sweeter. If you’re not sure how to do it, here are some of the best ways to put this natural sweetener to some good use.
If you have raw dates and aren’t sure what to do with them, using them as they are is always an option. They’re often added to raw-style desserts to make them sweeter, but using them blended as an add-in in your smoothies and salad dressings is also an option.
Date paste is a pretty popular replacement for sugar, and you can easily make it on your own. Simply blend pitted dates with some water and use them when making desserts that call for sugar by replacing one cup of sugar with one cup of this natural sweetener.
Making your own date paste is all fun and games, but it’s also possible to save yourself some time and buy date-based sweeteners at natural food stores. Date sugar is one of the most popular alternatives, but you should avoid using it in hot liquids and baked goods because it doesn’t dissolve quickly.