Today’s quick post is a simple recipe for date paste. I always opt to sweeten grain-free treats with fruit if I can, and this makes date paste one of my latest obsessions. Date paste is naturally sweet and delicious, good enough to eat straight off the spoon! You can also use it as a dip for apples. Did anyone else grow up eating those packs caramel apple dip snack packs in their lunches? This would be the easiest, much healthier alternative that kids would love.
Personally, date paste is my new favorite sweetener for baked goodies and sweet treats. Not only does it use a whole fruit for natural sweetness with it’s fiber included, but the taste is fairly neutral. More neutral, in my opinion, than maple syrup and honey. I know for certain that I will be coming out with recipes in the near future that are sweetened 100% with date paste. If you don’t have a use for this yet, you will soon. Trust me. (This is me trying not to spill the beans on a recipe that I am super excited about!!)
And if you need a fruit sweetened treat to hold you over, check out my Flourless Fudge Brownie Bites. These babies are sweetened with dates and use a vegetable (seriously!) instead of flours. Even paleo-police perfectionists can only complain so much about a brownie made with fruit and vegetables.
As Liz Wolfe says, “Caveman would if he could”.
In all this, I haven’t mentioned how stupid easy this stuff is to make! If you have a blender, dates and water, you’re all set! Date paste is as simple as soaking dates in water overnight and giving it a whirl in your blender. Date paste will store nicely in your fridge until you’re ready to use it.
- 3 Cups (1 pound) dates (pitted)
- ¾ Cup + ¼ Cup water (separated)
- Pinch of sea salt.
- Add the three cups to a 12-16 ounce mason jar, cramming the whole pound inside.
- Add the ¾ cup water to the dates, ensuring they are all covered, and fit the container with a lid. You will need to add the water slowly, allowing the dates to soak some up, to get the full ¾ cup to fit. Let the dates soak overnight, at least 10-12 hours.
- Add the soaked dates and their water to a blender with the remaining water and sea salt. Blend until smooth.
- Store your date paste in the fridge until needed, or use as a sweet dip.