5-Minute Date Sweetened Ketchup
Ketchup is one of those condiments that is scary. Most are packed with refined sugars, and many people don’t realize how much is actually in there because they don’t read or don’t know how to interpret the label. Almost every brand you come across has either high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, cane sugar, all of the above… There are typically 4 grams of sugar in 1 tablespoon of ketchup, which is the serving size. 4 grams = 1 teaspoon.
1 teaspoon!! Yikes! How many people, especially kids, only have 1 tablespoon (the serving size) of ketchup?? Uhh, none? Yeah. That addictive sugar adds up fast.
Luckily, there’s a solution. Yippy! You can make your own!
Homemade ketchup is so simple I’m pretty sure you could do it blind-folded. Just a few ingredients, you can control how much sweetener is added (I usually only add about 1 spoonful of date paste for an entire bottle!), and it only takes about 5 minutes.
- 6 oz. can of tomato paste, organic preferably
- Date paste
- Raw apple cider vinegar
- Himalayan sea salt
- Garlic and/or onion powder
- Cayenne pepper if you want a kick, optional
- Combine the tomato paste with water until the paste begins to thin to desired consistency. I like my ketchup on the thicker side, but do what you like.
- Add the other ingredients. I begin with about a spoonful of date paste, splash of vinegar, sprinkle of salt, and a generous sprinkle of garlic powder.
- Taste. Is it sweet enough? Do you want more vinegar? Is there enough garlic?
- Adjust the seasonings until it is what you want.
- This ketchup can either be kept raw or simmered for a few minutes in a saucepan before cooling and pouring in a jar.
- That's it! Healthy ketchup sweetened with nutrient and fiber-rich dates, where you can control the ingredients and taste. You can even make this in bulk and freeze it in small jars for convenience!