Chop the dates in half and place the dates evenly on the entire baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Place the baking tray in the oven and allow the dates to roast in the oven until they are SEMI HARD (not mushy) so keep a watchful on them during the entire process. How long the dates take to roast will be a few hours
Keep a watchful eye on your dates as they SHOULD NOT burn, decrease the oven temperature if you need to, if they burn the recipe is ruined.
Once done remove from the oven, set aside and let the dates cool completely they will harden as they cool down (you can leave them in the oven, switched off if you want to).
Once cooled and hardened, pulse the dates in segments using either a food processor/coffee grinder into a powdery form. The sugar may lump after pulverising, don't worry this is normal and still be used.
Store in an airtight container (can last for several weeks)
Troubleshooting *POST UPDATE*
** LET'S TALK**A few people are running into problems with this recipe so I want to update the post to ensure that everyone gets this right the first time. I don't want to see anyone waste their time and most importantly money.I take pride my posting the BEST recipes and do my up most to post step by step pictures to assist you allOven temperature differs - PLEASE note that oven temperatures differ, my oven runs very cool at 300F the temperature which I initially recommended. Depending on where you live and the altitude levels is will impact you temperature/roasting timeMoving forward now I'm going to recommend that you all set your oven temperature to 200F/100c. Use this as your starting temperature and roast the dates until they darken.Pitted - Some people aren't ware of that pitted means, dates that don't have the stone. You want dates that are labelled pittedChop the dates in half - This something I am now recommending, chop all your dates before placing them on parchment paper (the step by step picture doesn't reflect this so I am stating it here)Roasting time - This is going to differ, roast the dates until they are SEMI HARD, NOT BURNT! This will vary a few hoursPlease keep an eye one your date while they roast, as soon as they begin to hard, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool down. DON'T NOT LET THEM BURN I CANNOT EXPRESS HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS!!