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
- Be sure to pit the dates before soaking.
- In a small bowl, add the dates and cover them with approximately 2 cups of water.
- Soak the dates for about 4 hours or until they are fully rehydrated.
- After the dates are rehydrated, drain them. You can reserve the soaking water for making paste or discard it.
- 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.
- 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