Lately I’ve been playing around with date sugar in my kitchen, and I’ve become increasingly sold on it as an alternative sweetener.
Date sugar is not a true sugar; it is a naturally sweet dried fruit — dates — finely ground to resemble white granulated sugar, and it can be used to replace true sugar in many recipes. Because date sugar contains the fiber, minerals and antioxidants of the whole fruit, it offers a more healthful alternative. This kind of sugar doesn’t work as a replacement in all granulated-sugar recipes, though. Because it does not dissolve easily, it is not suitable for stirring into drinks or as a caramelizing agent, and its subtle yet distinct date flavor won’t work with all dishes.