Questions and Answers - What is Date Sugar?
Definition of Date Sugar - Substituting Date Sugar

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I have several bread recipes that call for "date sugar." What is this and what can I substitute for date sugar if I cannot find it? Thank you. - Carrie Jarvis (3/27/00)


Date sugar - It is more of a food than a sweetener. It is an unprocessed sugar made from dehydrated dates that are ground into small bits to be used as a sweetener.

Date sugar is high in fiber, and has a long list of vitamins and minerals, including iron. It is light tan in color. Tends to clump as is naturally hydroscopic, but will break up. Its use is limited by price and the fact it does not dissolve when added to liquids.

Using date sugar - Substitute one cup date sugar for each cup granulated sugar or brown sugar in your recipe.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size  2 tsp. (6 g)

 Amount Per Serving 

Calories from fat
Total Fat
Total Carbohydrates

0 g
5 g
4 g
0 mg
0 g


2/18/06 - Anna Y. Pritchard sent me the following information on substituting date sugar for granulated sugar

In using date sugar, I have found that substituting a cup of date sugar for a cup of granulated sugar makes the product far too sweet for my taste. I reduce the sugar that is asked for in the recipe by 2/3 and have had far better results.


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