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Sugar Free Sunday & Date Syrup

Welcome to one of the sweetest weekly virtual potluck get-together ever! Yes indeed β€” it is Sugar Free Sunday! We host it every Sunday to exchange incredible sugar free recipes. Inspiration to start the week right? You bet!

Guess what I just bought. Yeah – dead give-a-way is the title of this post! πŸ™‚ Date Syrup!!

I found it in my local store next to the honey and maple syrup. I thought it would be an interesting topping for the gluten free, sugar free waffles I had recently discovered. I haven’t yet gone back to maple syrup since expanding my diet after being on SCD for a year. Although I felt date syrup was sweeter than maple syrup, I did enjoy it on my waffles. I’ve been sugar free for over a year and half now, so perhaps part of the “sweeter than” feeling came from just not being used to that level of sweetness anymore. I also tried baking blue berry muffins with the date syrup instead of honey. I didn’t get the ratio quite right so the jury is still out on that one. One thing I noticed though was that my muffins were a lot browner than they normally turn out.

At first I thought date syrup was something new created due to the shift in market demand towards more natural sweeteners. But nope! Turns out date syrup is popular in the Middle East where it is known as Rub or Dibs. Searching for Dibs recipes got me a lot of different things from fish marinated in dibs, alcoholic drinks sweetened with dibs and as expected plenty of desserts. So it’s definitely not a new creation. In fact some argue that the biblical references to “honey” was originally in Hebrew referring to date syrup.

Have you tried date syrup? If so – in what? I’d love to expand my recipe collection with this!

Oh, if you’re on SCD please try date syrup with precaution. Dates are legal but Date Sugar is marked as illegal with a note saying it “May be tried after being on the diet for quite sometime and symptom free but it is not recommended.” I once did ask about date sugar on the SCD yahoo support group. I was told that the reason that date sugar is not legal is because of it’s concentration of sugars vs eating an actual date. I would assume Date Syrup falls into the same category as Date Sugar. So please take precaution when trying this product out if you’re on SCD.

Have a fantastic refined sugar-free week!!

How do you participate in the virtual potluck?

  • Link your recipe post (NOT your homepage) if it does not use refined sugar. Your blog does not have to be entirely sugar free, just the dish you’re sharing!
  • Please link back to this get-together somewhere in your post’s text. It’s a great way to invite your readers to the fun!
  • Want to make something sweet without using refined sugar? Just check out all the ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without refined sugar here.
  • Your link doesn’t have to be to a sweet dish! We love to see your sugar free appetizers, entrees, soups, snacks — well — you get the idea!
  • Please don’t link to carnivals or giveaways. This is a party; bring a dish to share!
  • In the ‘Name’ field, please enter who you are and what you’re linking. For example Sonia would put: Bean Kale Pasta Soup [Sonia @ Flip Cookbook]
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12 Responses to Sugar Free Sunday & Date Syrup

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  2. Vicky says:

    Very interesting post! I was looking at Balsamic Vinegar ingredients the other day and it did not mention sugar in the list. However,it mentioned Grape Must. When I looked this up on internet I discovered that it was concentrated grape juice, seeds and skin and that it contains a high level of glucose and that is probably why Balsamic Vinegar is also not suitable for the SCD! I have linked my Onion Bhajis today, suitable for the SCD and almost as good as the real thing!

    • Raj says:

      Grape Must?! Wow.. I’m going to have to check out my balsamic vinegar once I get home.Thanks for pointing that out – I’ve never heard of it till now.

      Yes – if you’re on SCD and are having a lot of digestive issues – it’s best to take a hardline and stick with the legal list. Avoid any ingredient that has even a doubt of harming you. I did and am a living proof of its wonders. πŸ™‚

      • Vicky says:

        I agree! It states on the legal list that Balsamic Vinegar with added sugar is “illegal”, however, Balsamic Vinegar with added grape must is almost just as likely to be illegal, I believe, because concentrated fruit juices are illegal!

        Shame really!

  3. Jill says:

    Hi Raj and Sonia,
    I shared my No Tomato Sauce (SCD/GAPS) with a video and two articles I hope you enjoy!

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  7. Artha says:

    We love date syrup! At least it has some nutritional value when so many other sweeteners have none! Have you ever been on 101usesfordatesyrup.wordpress.com? Fun stuff!

  8. Raj says:

    Oh what a great website! Thanks for brining it to my attention. I’m still new at using date syrup so tips and recipes are really appreciated.

  9. Hanibani35 says:

    What are the nutritional values of between maple syrup and date syrup which has more nutritional values? So little information about date syrup

  10. Majd says:

    In the middle east we eat date syrup ( dibis) with tahini paste, you just mix them together and enjoy πŸ™‚ usually eaten with pita bread of course, but not for someone on the scd diet I suppose!

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