Date paste is a delicious and healthy sugar substitute. This all-natural sweetener is made from dates, vegan and paleo-friendly. In this blog post, you will find the exact instructions how to make date paste at home.
What is date paste?
Date paste is made of pitted and soaked dates, which are blended with water to create a smooth paste. In its use you could compare it to honey, but it is not that sweet. Still, it’s a great natural sweetener and great to substitute sugar. Dates are in high in fiber and antioxidants, so it’s not only sweet, but also packed with good stuff 🙂
How to make date paste?
Making date paste, is very simple. First you soak your pitted dates in hot water for 10-20min. Afterwards you gonna blend the dates and water for 2-3min and ready is your natural sweetener! You can fill the paste into a jar and store it in the fridge for up to 3-4 weeks.
Uses for date paste
As mentioned before, I would compare the paste to honey and also the use of the paste can be compared to honey. But keep in mind, that date paste is not as sweet as honey, therefore you might need more of it to get to the same amount of sweetness.
Date paste can be used in many ways. You can eat it as a spread with bread, use it for making energy balls, in smoothie bowls or with your chia pudding. Recently I made Christmas Pralines with date paste – which are super delicious.
- 1 cup dates
- 3/4 cup hot water (and more for soaking)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- Give pitted dates into a pot and cover with hot water. Soak dates in hot water for 20 minutes.
- Now add the soaked dates and 3/4 cup of the soaking water to a speed blender and blend for about 2-3 min until the mixture is very smooth. You’ll know when it’s ready when there are no visible pieces of skin and the color lightens to a caramelly color.
- Store refrigerated in a jar for up to 1 month.