What Is It? Wednesday: Date Sugar

By: Cassidy Stockton | March 18 2015
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What is Date Sugar? Date sugar is one of those rare sugars that is pretty much what you'd expect: ground, dried dates. Our date sugar has a small amount of oat flour added to help prevent clumping, but if you're familiar with this product, this doesn't always work. One of the most frustrating things about date sugar is it's ability to form into one solid brick. I think you could build houses with date sugar bricks. It's sweet, but not as sweet (in my opinion) as cane sugar, light tan in color, and granulated (unless it's become a brick, that is). On that note . . .

How do you soften Date Sugar? The best trick we've learned in the years of selling date sugar is to place the date sugar in the microwave for a few seconds until it begins to soften.

What is it? Wednesday: Date Sugar | Bob's Red Mill @bobsredmill

How do you use Date Sugar? Date sugar can replace white sugar cup for cup. If you want your baked goods to be less sweet, we recommend 2/3 cup date sugar to replace 1 cup white sugar. It works well sprinkled on cereal and baked goods, but this is not the sugar you want to sweeten your hot drinks with. It will not fully dissolve.

Does Bob's Red Mill Date Sugar contain sulfites or nitrates? No, our date sugar is simply dates and oat flour.

What kind of dates are used? Our date sugar is made from the Deglet Noor variety of dates.

Is Bob's Red Mill Date Sugar vegan? Yes, our date sugar is suitable for a vegan diet.

Is Bob's Red Mill Date Sugar gluten free? While date sugar is inherently gluten free, we do not package it in our gluten free facility or test it for gluten. Because of the nature of oats and their risk of cross contact with wheat, we do not recommend those on a strict gluten free diet use our date sugar.

Is Date Sugar suitable for diabetics? Every individual is unique and may react differently to date sugar, but generally speaking date sugar has a GI of 23 versus white sugar's GI of 80. This may be a better choice for diabetics.

Try it! This recipe for Apple Spice Muffins (pictured above) is a great jumping off point for date sugar.


  1. susan
    any other ideas for softening? i dont own a microwave
    1. Cassidy Stockton
      Do you have a hammer? Kidding. I think you could put the hard bag of sugar (make sure it is open, but leave it in the bag it came in) inside a larger plastic container with a cup of boiling water. Same effect, but it might take a few tries. You might even try doing that overnight. The water wouldn't be hot anymore, but it would probably help soften the sugar.
  2. Elena Navarro
    Can I use red mill date sugar to make an ice cream shake so it tastes like a date shake? Thank you.
    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hi Elena, that's not something we've tested. Date Sugar is just made from ground dates so it will give a strong date flavor if it's a main ingredient. If you try we'd love if you shared your results. Enjoy!
  3. Marie T Daumy
    Marie T Daumy
    How can date sugar not have any carbohydrates?
    1. Whitney Barnes
      Whitney Barnes
      Hi Marie - our Date Sugar does contain carbohydrates. There are 4 grams of carbohydrates per 1 tsp serving. You can find the full nutritional panel here on our website: Date Sugar
  4. Joe
    Do you have any suggestions for how to use your date sugar to make date syrup?
    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hi Joe - that's not something we've tried; however, you could potentially follow the following technique from The Kitchn. One big different is that our Date Sugar contains oat flour to help prevent clumping. The particles of Oat Flour might be hard to strain out to make a syrup. Instead it might be more like a date paste. If you try it we'd love to hear your results!

      The Kitchn: How to make Date Syrup
  5. John Hansen
    When are you going to be offering date sugar for sale again? My supply is running low!

    TIA ... John
    1. Whitney Barnes
      Hi John, unfortunately our date sugar was recently discontinued. I'm sorry for any inconvenience.
  6. Dragonflycat
    I LOVE Bob's Redmill products; but given that they've discontinued making their date nut sugar I'd recommend you get "Date Lady's" date nut sugar (also makes a syrup).
    Stay safe
  7. Lora
    Can you use date sugar to make jams?
    1. Elisabeth Allie
      Elisabeth Allie
      Hi Lora! That would depend on the recipe. We don't recommend tinkering with recipes meant for home canning, as the sugar preserves the jam and is an important food safety factor.

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