Salted Date Syrup. Vanilla Chai Caramel. A Whole Food Sweetener.

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Try to buy FRESH dates! they are the juiciest.

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I made these mason jars of date caramel as an edible holiday gift for friends!

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Ingredients:
– Medjool dates
– Chai tea (or any tea you like! Earl Grey is nice too)
– Alcohol-free Vanilla (being a raw preparation, the alcohol doesn’t get cooked out – leaving an unpleasant taste)
– Sea salt

NOTE: If you prefer a more neutral sweeter to use in savoury preparations (marinades/dressings/sauces – instead of sugar) skip the vanilla and tea, just blend the dates with water and a pinch of salt.

Instructions:
1. Soak the dates in chai.

2. Pit the dates and place them in a high-powered blender or food processor. Add the salt and dash of vanilla. Mix until smooth. If you prefer a more liquid texture, to use this sweetener as you would maple syrup, agave, or runny honey, then add more water.

3. Store in the fridge or freezer in a glass jar or squeeze bottle!

Nutrition tips:
– Dates are whole-food source of sugars, containing iron, calcium, vitamin A, and fiber.

– Use this date paste as you would honey or maple syrup – to sweeten tea, warm breakfast oats etc. It also makes for a healthier ‘frosting’ for celebratory desserts.

– Refined sugar and equivalent products like agave nectar, and brown rice syrup, have zero nutritional value, spike blood sugar levels, and negatively impact on the body in numerous other ways. Un-processed sugars from whole food sources, do not have the same extreme affect on our system. The fiber and nutrients found in fruit help the body break down the sugars more gradually. That said, dates are still concentrated in sugars, so it’s important to monitor the quantity consumed. One serving is 2 dates dates or 1 heaping tbsp of date paste.

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