I'm so excited to share the latest product that I found out to sweeten my cooking creations!
The Date Lady is a brand that offers a wide variety of date syrup products that are amazing to use instead of sugar or maple syrup, for example. Specially when baking I try to find alternatives to sugar but sometimes when you think you're going for something healthier you find out that it's not really what you're looking for. Usually you're faced with fake stuff loaded products that instead of being better for you are worse!
But there's a better alternative! All The Date Lady products are USDA organic, non-GMO, gluten-free and Kosher and are all made without added sugar, additives, preservatives or artificial ingredients.
In other parts of the world, date syrup has been used for thousands of years but in the US it is fairly recent. actually, Colleen, the Date Lady herself, became aware of this kind of product when she was living abroad, for several years, in the UAE. Among the many exotic flavors that she was able to try out, typical of that world region, she became aware of this amazing product - date syrup! Given that 95% of the world's dates are grown there, the local people make the most of it. Among the amazing properties of dates we can underline that they help heal infirmities, provide nutrition and allow the baking of amazing pastry products.
That was the beginning of The Date Lady!
At the moment, the syrup products are imported from a Tunisian manufacturer. However, the packaged dates are from California and the caramel sauce, chocolate spread and the balsamic date are all made locally in the US. This has to do with the fact that the US production of this fruit is too little to match the demand. All the products are packed in the US too.
The brand is always thinking about different ideas to incorporate the date syrup in and, at the moment, offers a pretty good variety of products and flavors. I'll let you know about two "recipes" in which I incorporated the date syrup but the possibilities are huge! It's amazing as a topping for ice cream, on top of our morning oatmeal with some fresh fruit and nuts, over some really creamy cheese to have with crackers and figs! I could go on and on and on!
On The Date Lady website here you can look up all the information regarding the products, manufacturing questions and also you can check out the Blog section for suggestions on how to use the products.
Lets look at the list of products available at the moment:
As you can see there's a choice for everyone but I'm guessing that the hard part is choosing where to start! Choose 2-3 products and you'll be getting free shipping as long as your order totals $30, isn't that nice?
As I said before I started trying the date syrup.
This paste weekend I made a dessert that was kind of an apple pie filling cup! It turned out delicious and by incorporating a Tbsp of the date syrup the apple got a deeper and caramelized flavor that worked out perfectly!
This was the kind of recipe that came out just from combining different ingredients that I love. Baking them to enhance the flavors and break down the texture and have something delicious to enjoy on a cool summer afternoon.
1.5 Tbsp sliced almonds
1 Tbsp flax seeds
2 Tbsp The Date Lady Pure Syrup
1/3 cup sultanas
1 tsp cinnamon
Before going into the oven (up) and after coming out of the oven (down)!
We ate this just out of the cups but it would also be delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! Loved the flavor combination of the apple with the date syrup, it reminded me of caramel but coming from a fruit makes me feel a whole lot better to have desserts like this!
At the moment I'm also testing a recipe for frozen yogurt bites with date syrup. Let's hope it turns out well so I can show off the result here, on the blog!
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I hope you're excites to try out this products because I assure you that it's totally delicious and it is going to be a staple in my pantry from now on.