If you’re looking to cut back on processed sugar but still need a little of the edge taken off your morning brew, never fear: Making a small batch of sweet stuff is a breeze, and with ingredients like dates (high in certain B vitamins and iron) and honey (high in antioxidants), can even add a little extra zing to the start of your day.
Date Syrup Recipe
This natural sweetener captures the caramel notes of sweet dried dates and is a perfect complement to hot or iced coffee. It is thinner than honey but can be reduced for a slightly more viscous texture; it should be fine to use either way. The process of making it leaves behind a paste that can be mixed with finely chopped nuts and spread over toast or nibbled with cheese. Store the paste in a small OXO Smart Seal Container(Opens in a new window) for freshness.
Honey Simple Syrup Recipe
While most simple syrups are made from white sugar, they can also easily be made with honey, which is normally a bit too thick to pour into something like iced coffee. Thinning out the goopy honey also allows you to add infusions or other flavors, which makes the syrup taste like a special occasion without necessarily overpowering the coffee drink.