Date Paste is a natural, fruit based sweetener made from dates and water. It’s easy to make and is incredibly nutritious!
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. I use date paste to make coconut milk kefir and for treats like these coconut cookie dough bites! Dates are extremely nutritious and make for a healthy alternative to sugar. Dates are also “legal” on the GAPS™ diet, Whole 30, and other healing diets many of my readers follow.
How To Make Date Paste
Before you get started you’ll need dates (I use this brand) and filtered water. I like to soak my dates in warm water for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours before I make date paste. This allows the skin of the dates to soften and results in a smooth paste. You will also need a high power blender of food processor.
Soak 2 cups of dates in 1 1/2 cups of warm water for at least 30 minutes. Remove the dates from the water and set the water aside (don’t toss it!). Blend the dates on high speed in a blender or food processor. Add a few tablespoons of soaking water to the date puree and continue to blend until the date paste is smooth and creamy. Add more soaking water if needed. Store in air tight container.
This recipe will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator or several months in the freezer.
How To Use
You can replace honey, maple syrup with date paste in almost any recipe.
- 2 cups organic dates, pitted
- 1½ cups water
- Soak 2 cups of dates in 1½ cups of water for 30 minutes or up to 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.