Date Paste is a natural sweetener made from medjool dates and water. It’s easy to make and is incredibly nutritious!
Date paste (also known as date honey) is a natural fruit sweetener and is a healthy substitute for honey or maple syrup in recipes. I use it to make coconut milk kefir, coconut yogurt, 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 whole dates and filtered water. I like to soak my dates in hot water for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours before I make it. This allows the skin of the dates to soften and results in a smooth paste. You will also need a high speed blender or food processor.
Soak 2 cups of pitted dates in a bowl with 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 at 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 an airtight container.
This recipe will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator or several months in the freezer. Use as a natural sugar substitute in baked goods.
How To Use Date Paste
You can replace honey, maple syrup with date paste in almost any recipe (that’s been my experience so far). I’ve used it in my coconut flour bread, turmeric milk, chocolate caramel cups, and coconut cheesecake. It’s also a great sweetener in coffee and smoothies. I’ve used it in my coconut flour bread, turmeric milk, and coconut cheesecake.Print
Date Paste Recipe
Date Paste is a natural, fruit-based sweetener made from dates and water. It’s easy to make and is incredibly nutritious! Use in plant-based vegan or paleo baking!
- Prep Time: 4-8 hours
- Total Time: 5 minutes + soaking time
- Yield: 2 cups (16 ounces) 1x
- Category: Sides
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 2 cups organic fresh dates, pitted
- 1 1/2 cups water
- Soak 2 cups of dates in 1 1/2 cups of water for 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.
- Remove the soft dates from water and set the water aside.
- Place dates in food processor or high-speed blender and blend until a paste forms.
- 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.
- Serving Size: 1 ounce
- Calories: 97
- Sugar: 20g
- Sodium: 1.9mg
- Fat: 0g
- Saturated Fat: 0g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 25g
- Fiber: 1.9g
- Protein: .9g
- Cholesterol: 0g