How? Simply from eating less sugar.
But we like our sweets. How do we get from “good idea” to actually putting it into practice?
One approach that has been shown to be successful is to replace sugary foods with a healthier alternative. That way you don’t feel deprived of the sugary food because you have something delicious to eat in its place.
This Maple Date Syrup can be used to replace sugar in so many ways.
Instead of syrup or sugary sauces (like commercial fruit sauces) over French toast, waffles, and pancakes, pour on some of this delicious syrup. (I like to put fresh fruit over my waffles and then drizzle the Maple Date Syrup over all.)
Instead of buying oatmeal with sugar-added, you can cook plain oatmeal and drizzle Maple Date Syrup on top of it.
Pure maple syrup vs pancake syrup
Pleeeeease do not use regular pancake syrup in this recipe. Why? What’s the difference?
Pancake syrup and maple syrup are not the same
Although they may look the same, pancake syrup and pure maple syrup couldn’t be more different.
Pure maple syrup is a natural food that is made by concentrating the sap from maple trees. Nothing is added and nothing is taken away (except that water is evaporated from the sap to concentrate it).
Pancake syrup is a highly processed product that is made from lots of potentially harmful ingredients such as corn syrup, caramel color, gums, flavorings, and preservatives. (I’m looking at you, Aunt Jemima.) Even organic pancake syrup that doesn’t have corn syrup in it is still a very highly-processed food that contributes to obesity, diabetes, and other healthy issues.
Is pure maple syrup healthier than pancake syrup?
Much healthier. But only because pancake syrup is so bad for you.
There is nothing super healthy about pure maple syrup. Yes, it does have a few naturally-occurring nutrients, like manganese and zinc, and it is not highly processed like pancake syrup – but it certainly isn’t a health food.
So why this Maple Date Syrup recipe?
This recipe is an attempt to help us all refrain from eating any more highly-processed pancake syrup and to help us be able to sweeten our breakfast in a little bit healthier way than just straight pure maple syrup.
Yes, it would be better to eat only fresh fruit or a sugar-free, naturally-sweetened fruit sauce over waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, etc., but if you aren’t quite ready for that, this Maple Date Syrup is a huge step in a much healthier direction.
Every recipe of Maple Date Syrup has 1 1/2 cups of naturally-sweet dates in it. Dates are a whole food that are full of fiber – which is the key nutrient for weight loss – and other beneficial nutrients like potassium – a nutrient many people are lacking in their diets.
Because dates are a whole food, very good for you, and naturally-sweet, they’re a great substitute for sugar in a lot of recipes, like these yummy breakfast cookies.
Looking for more delicious ways to eat less sugar?
I have lots of yummy, sugar-free recipes!
Want to avoid hidden sugar?
Check out my post about Hidden Sugar – How it Affects Your Body and What to Do About It.
Looking for some more healthy waffle and pancake toppings?
Here are some of my favorites.
Maple Date Syrup
Yield 1 3/4 cups
A healthy and wholesome way to sweeten your morning.
1 1/2 cup pitted dates
3/4 cup water
2/3 cup pure maple syrup – or up to 1/3 cup more if desired
1/4 teaspoon maple flavor
2 teaspoons orange juice concentrate – optional
- Place dates and water in a saucepan, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until dates are very, very soft.
- Transfer dates and water to blender, add maple syrup and maple flavor and blend until very smooth.
Add more maple syrup or water to thin to desired consistency.
Keeps in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. If it thickens, add water to desired consistency.
Can be frozen.