Date Paste

December 21, 2014
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Author Notes

This sweetener happens to be healthier than most, thanks to magnesium, potassium, and a nice dose of fiber. But don't be fooled: it tastes like caramel, and it will add wonderful sweetness to baking or glazing. Add it to recipes in a 1:1 1/4 ratio of regular sweetener to date paste. —Gena Hamshaw

  • Makes 1 1/4 cups
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted and packed
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon (heaping) salt
In This Recipe
  1. Place the dates into a large bowl. Bring the water to a gentle boil, then pour it over the dates. Allow them to soak for 20 minutes (or up to an hour).
  2. Drain the dates, reserving 1/2 cup of the soak water. Add them to a blender with the reserved water, the vanilla, and the salt. Blend till the mixture is totally smooth.
  3. Date paste can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

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Gena is a registered dietitian, recipe developer, and food blogger. She's the author of three cookbooks, including Power Plates (2017) and Food52 Vegan (2015). She enjoys cooking vegetables, making bread, and challenging herself with vegan baking projects.

2 Reviews

Marie F. January 7, 2018
Can you freeze this paste successfully?
Eggplayer January 11, 2015
I wonder if you could do this with prunes. Dates are not always available where I live.