Date paste is super easy to make, takes only two ingredients, and is a great natural sweetener, dip, or spread for baking.
This healthy sugar substitute is loaded in fiber, is rich in antioxidants, and has many other health benefits.
Pitted dates- we used Medjool dates, they are the sweetest and the softest, but you can use any kind of dates that you’d like because we soak the dates and soften them with hot water.
Hot water- use hot boiling water to soften the dates.
Remove the stems from each date using a knife (see in the video).
Fill a heat-resistant bowl with hot water, and add the dates to the bowl.
Let the dates soak in the water and soften for 30 minutes.
When the dates have softened, reserve 1 cup of the date water and drain the rest.
When you get the right texture, place the date paste in a jar or an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 7 days.
If you have hard dates and you want to make a smooth and silky date paste, don’t worry! The best way to solve this problem is by soaking the dates in hot water, and this process gives you super soft dates to work with.
We like to use Medjool dates, they are sweetest in flavor and the softest. You can use any of your favorite kinds of dates for this recipe, if you soak them enough, they will soften.
Yes! Dates have many health benefits: Dates are high in fiber, rich in antioxidants, may promote brain health, help promote stable blood sugar, and contain calcium and magnesium that helps with bone health.
Dates contain a large amount of fiber, and that balances the glycemic index and makes date paste a great natural sweetener for diabetics.
Date paste lasts for up to 7 days stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Make sure that you are using an airtight container like a mason jar.
Transfer the date paste into an airtight freezer-friendly container and freeze for up to 4 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight or at room temperature for a few hours.
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- Coffee sweetener
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- 30 Medjool dates
- ¼ cup Date water
- Remove the stems from each date using a knife (see in the video).
- Fill a heat-resistant bowl with hot water, and add the dates to the bowl.
- Let the dates soak the water and soften for 30 minutes.
- When the dates have softened, reserve 1 cup of the date water and drain the rest.
- Place the dates in a food processor or in a blender and start blending, adding water if the mixture is too thick.