At the Paleo Convention, I bought date syrup and I could not wait to try this syrup. First, I love dates, but they are not the least expensive food. Second, many recipes use dates as an alternative to conventional sugar and I wanted to try if I could substitute the dates by this syrup. My date syrup is from Meridian and costed 3 euros at the convention. This is of course an unbeatable price compared with fresh dates. You could, however, also prepare the syrup by yourself.
Still inspired by the delicious nut & date Paleo bars that I ate at the convention, I now wanted to try the date syrup with nuts, too. And what is a better way to test nuts and syrup than through a delicious granola recipe?
Personally tested, I can now state that date syrup tastes just heavenly. I am actually a sworn maple syrup fan but date syrup has a lot more natural flavor. The syrup is not just sweet, but you can taste very clearly the dates. In addition, the consistency is more sticky than maple syrup and I think that the date syrup is thus preferable for food, where a binding ingredient is required. Date syrup has also slightly less calories than maple syrup. So, in all honesty, the date syrup surprised me very positively and my dearly beloved maple syrup has got a serious competitor.
The nut granola with date syrup also turned out very tasty (of course, or otherwise I would not have shared it with you :)). The recipe is, as always, super easy and takes only about 10 minutes. So, pillage your nut stock and try out this recipe. But beware – high potential for addiction.
100g grated coconut
3 tbsp coconut oil
2 tablespoons date syrup
3 cups rolled oats (not paleo-compliant, thus possibly leave out)
Chop the nuts coarsely or briefly blend them in a blender. But beware – when the nuts are shredded too long, they turn into flour or even later into nut butter. Optionally, you can, therefore, blend half of the amount to flour and chop the rest coarsely by hand (your granola will turn out more crunchy). Now, melt the coconut oil and add it to the nuts together with the coconut flakes and the date syrup. Rub the mixture between your fingers until it turns out crumbly. Finally add the oats (or not, if the cereal should be Paleo). Mix the oats and the nut mixture gently, without destroying the nut crumbs. Now pour the granola onto a lined baking tray and bake everything for about 10 minutes at 180 ° C. Since the nut crumbs easily burn, turn over the granola after 5 minutes.
Enjoy the granola and have a wonderful nutty Saturday!