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Date Paste

How to use dates to create a healthy sugar substitute perfect for those times when you want to indulge without the refined sugar. This date paste recipe is super easy to make and can be used in so many ways!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword natural sweetener, sugar substitute
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 199 kcal
Author Sophia DeSantis

Ingredients

For date paste on its own:

  • 24 pitted Medjool dates , about 2 cups packed (a little over a pound, see notes)
  • ¾- 1 1/4 cup almond/cashew/etc milk , start with 3/4 and add more to get the consistency you want
  • dash  sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract

For date paste to use recipes:

  • 24 pitted Medjool dates  , about 2 cups packed (a little over a pound, see notes)
  • ¾- 1 1/4 cup water , start with 3/4 and add more to get the consistency you want
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Instructions

For blender method:

  1. If using a high speed blender, put all ingredients inside and blend on high until smooth. You may need to stop and shake a little to get things moving but they will if you keep going.

  2. If using a regular blender, make sure to soak your dates in hot water for about 30 minutes before you make it so that they soften enough to get a smooth result.

For food processor method:

  1. Make sure your dates are soaked as mentioned above in order to get the smoothest results, then add everything into the food processor and blend until smooth. It will take longer with this method, but keep stopping and scraping down the sides.

For fork method:

  1. If you don't have either a blender or a food processor, soak your dates in hot water overnight. This will ensure they are as soft as possible.

  2. Add the soaked dates with the other ingredients into a bowl and use a fork to mash and mix. Continue to do this until you get a smoothish consistency. It won't be as creamy and smooth as using a blender but you will eventually get some date paste you can use.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Date Paste
Amount Per Serving
Calories 199
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 36mg 2%
Potassium 501mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 53g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 47g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.1%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 4.8%
Iron 3.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.