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Homemade date paste is placed in a glass bowl with a spoon for serving.

how to make date paste

  • Author: Denise
  • Prep Time: 4 hours (inactive)
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Learn how to make date paste and indulge your sweet tooth naturally with a sweetener that's ready to add to all your favorite recipes.



  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 2 cups of water


  1. Be sure to pit the dates before soaking.
  2. In a small bowl, add the dates and cover them with approximately 2 cups of water.
  3. Soak the dates for about 4 hours or until they are fully rehydrated.
  4. After the dates are rehydrated, drain them. You can reserve the soaking water for making paste or discard it.
  5. Add the dates to a blender or food processor with 2 tablespoons of water. Begin processing at a low speed and gradually increase the speed, adding water a tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
  6. Store unused date paste in the refrigerator for a week or freeze in ice cube trays for at least 3 months.


  • 1 cup of dates will yield about 1 cup of date paste depending on how much liquid you add.
  • Don’t skip the soaking (rehydrating) process. Using boiling water can help speed up rehydration by 2 hours or more if you are in a hurry.
  • Add water a tablespoon at a time and blend after each addition of water.
  • Add a vanilla bean, lemon juice, or spices such as cinnamon, allspice, or nutmeg if you want a flavored date paste.
  • To substitute date paste for sugar, use 2/3 of a cup of date paste for every 1 cup of sugar or every ½ cup of maple syrup.
  • Category: Essential Ingredients
  • Cuisine: plant-based

Keywords: date paste

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