What about date syrup? I use it to some cakes and cookies as well some desserts. Here is recipe:
2 cup of seedless dates
2 cup of hot boiling water
1. Wash and soak dates in hot water for at least for 2 hours
2. Mash the dates well, filter and extract the water using a cheese cloth
3. Add this pulp back to the bowl used for soaking and pour little more water, squeeze up and filter again
4. Bring this water to a boil in a heavy bottom pan, keep string to prevent burning at the bottom
5. Boil till you see a thick consistency. The right consistency is to be as thick as honey. It took 11 mins for me on a medium high flame.
1. Do not over boil; else the syrup will be burnt
2. While boiling , the mix looks frothy and white, do not worry, it will settle down once cool and you will get a glossy syrup
3. Keep refrigerated.
4. Use within a week.
5. After filtering the pulp of dates the second time, you can use it for baking breads. It has still taste and healthy fibers.
Creamy date shake is also one my favorite:
Creamy date shake
1/2 cup dates, pitted
1/2 whole milk yogurt
2 tablespoon heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
2 tablespoon honey (optional)
Remove any seeds and stems from the dates.
In a large blender combine all the ingredients and blend at least one minute or until the mixture is smooth or to the preferred texture.
Pour into glasses and serve with a straw for easier drinking.