Kitchen DIY: Homemade date syrup

I realised, slightly late in the piece, that it was a bit irresponsible to post a recipe for something using homemade date syrup without actually sharing how to make it. So, without any further ado, here’s how to make date syrup at home.

Easy Homemade Date Syrup

Homemade Date Syrup
This is quite different to storebought date syrup, sometimes called date molasses, which is cooked down to a more syrypy consistency. The DIY version has a fresher, slightly less sweet taste – and it’s still good to eat by the spoonful.

1 cup (about 200g) dates, chopped
1 cups (250ml) boiling water

Put the dates in a small, heatproof bowl and pour over the boiling water (add a little more if it doesn’t quite cover the dates). Cover and let stand overnight or for at least eight hours.
The next morning/when you get home from work, put the soaked dates and water into a food processor or blender and whizz until smooth and well combined.
Scrape this mixture into a clean jar and store in the fridge.



  1. May 6, 2013 / 12:22 am

    I made some of this up yesterday when I absolutely craved a batch of your scones (with a pinch or two of cardamom added, along with some orange zest). But as I didn't have any date syrup to-hand, I only let the dates soak for 20 minutes in boiling water – am pleased to report that it still worked perfectly 🙂

  2. May 6, 2013 / 12:26 am

    i'm thinking porridge !!!!

    • May 6, 2013 / 6:30 pm

      Absolutely! Or even stirred through yoghurt… or eaten out of the jar…

  3. mic
    March 16, 2021 / 5:09 pm

    Have you ever tried making it with raisins? Do you think that would work?

    • lucycorry
      March 20, 2021 / 10:34 pm

      Hi – I haven’t, but it’s probably worth a try! Let me know how you get on…

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