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How to Make Date Paste

Date Paste: A Natural Fruit Sweetener

Date paste (also known as date honey) is a natural fruit sweetener that you can use in place of honey or maple syrup in recipes. Dates are super nutritious and make for a healthy alternative to sugar. Dates are also “legal” on the GAPS™ diet and other healing diets many of my readers follow.

This recipe will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator or several months in the freezer.

How to Make Date Paste

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Soak 2 cups of dates in 2 cups of water overnight or approximately 8 hours.
  • Remove dates from water and set the water aside.
  • Puree dates in food processor or blender.
  • Add a few tablespoons of soaking water to the date puree and continue to blend. Blend until the date paste is creamy. Add more soaking water if needed. Store in air tight container.

 

Date Paste
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups organic dates, pitted
  • 2 cups water
Instructions
  1. Soak 2 cups of dates in 2 cups of water overnight or approximately 8 hours.
  2. Remove dates from water and set the water aside.
  3. Puree dates in food processor or blender.
  4. Add a few tablespoons of soaking water to the date puree and continue to blend. Blend until the date paste is creamy.
  5. Add more soaking water if needed. Store in air tight container.

 

This recipe keeps for 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 3+ months in the freezer.

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About the author: Hi! I’m Tiffany – aka Coconut Mama. I’m a real food mama of three coconut babies. I’m passionate about traditional and healing foods. As a true believer in the health benefits of coconut, I use coconut products in all my recipes. You can download my free Coconut Flour Recipes E-book here. Thanks for stopping by!
20 comments… add one
  • Wendy November 8, 2017, 7:41 pm

    this sounds great and I can’t wait to use the paste, but how much paste to a cup of sugar please?

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  • Michelle April 13, 2015, 7:45 am

    For the 8-hour/overnight soak, should they be in the refrigerator or is the counter fine? Our house is usually 77 degrees.

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  • Karin January 5, 2015, 5:27 pm

    Still need help with the conversion, how much date paste to sub for sugar in my recipes and does it cause the liquid to be off?

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  • Ellen January 25, 2014, 11:32 am

    I just made this date paste. What would you do with the liquid left over? I hate to throw it out since it has so much of the flavor and nutrients in it.

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    • Daniela January 31, 2014, 1:26 pm

      @Ellen I used the date paste for soaking chia seeds-it tastes delicious and sweet as they soak up all the flavor 🙂

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  • Tamara August 27, 2013, 2:45 pm

    Can this be used to bind ingredients ie whole nuts to make nut/fruit bars (similar to those we find in the “healthy” section of the shopping centres)?

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  • Dawn Shelton Connelly August 27, 2013, 4:27 am

    so using my dried dates would be OK? should the soaking be longer?

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  • Julia Skinner July 30, 2013, 4:41 pm

    I bought some quite dry dates a while back, this would be the perfect way to use them.

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  • Linda July 27, 2013, 5:12 pm

    This is awesome! I love date sugar but it’s too expensive. One question, could I substitute it straight across for sugar in baking? I know it would add moisture and I’d need to reduce that component but for sweetness, would it be similar? Thanks!

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    • American expat in Europe August 8, 2013, 11:54 am

      You can use it for baking. I’ve been using dates for my cookies for years. I also use Teff flour as I am gluten-free. Good luck!

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  • daynateachespiano July 25, 2013, 12:48 am

    Thank you so much! Missy B’s slowly transitioning off GAPS diet but still hasn’t added back in sugar so this is GREAT. Nice alternative to honey!

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  • PATRICIA July 23, 2013, 8:03 am

    Yummy! Thanks!

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  • Michele July 23, 2013, 5:35 am

    what are some of the other healing diets followed you know of? I’ve heard of gaps.

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    • Elisa July 23, 2013, 11:14 am

      I know of and follow the Paleo Diet myself which it’s main purpose is to avoid and reverse illness.

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    • Julia Skinner July 30, 2013, 4:40 pm

      Depends what you are healing 🙂 I would go paleo/primal/perfect health diet (all very similar) minus the dairy for 2 months, trial dairy see if it effects you. If your issues don’t go away try gaps, gaps is very hard core and may be a bit much to start with, I know it scares me and I have been primal for over a year. But then if you are hard core do gaps first for a few months and add stuff back slowly and see how it effects you. It is all experimentation and seeing how your body reacts. Good luck.

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