How to Make Date Paste (Natural Sugar Alternative)

I almost bought 5 pounds of date paste with my latest co-op, but then I thought about the 30 lbs of dates I had recently bought, for just over $1/pound. Surely, I could just use those.

I have diced dates which are coated in oat flour, I simply rinse it off until the water is clear.

Next, I put them in my trusty food processor and let it do all the work. Food processors are a thing of beauty! I should write about all the things I make in mine and thus save time and money, but that is another post for another day.

How to Make Date Paste 

This get’s a little technical, but bare with me. No, actually it does not. I just lied… but it is one of those posts that are so easy I feel silly writing about it. 

Put from about 1/4 – 1/3 pounds of pitted dates, or diced dates with the flour rinsed off into a food processor.

Turn it on. Just let the food processor do it’s thing, if the dates all ball up, it is fine it is part of the process.

Scrape it out when it is a smooth paste (it will take a few minutes).

Since your food processor is already dirty, put in some more dates and go again.

I store mine in small (1 cup or less) jars in the freezer then thaw in the fridge when ready to use.

I can’t wait until I find out ALL it can do!

Have you ever used date paste as a sugar alternative? 

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sometimes if I don’t have any sweet fruit for my smoothy, I will throw in some dates, but I never thought of doing this. I will have to give it a go! Thanks for the suggestion. :)

  2. What do you use the date paste for??

  3. Michele Dougherty says:

    I just soak dates in orange juice and grated orange ring for a few hours and then mush with a fork – the orange give a lovely slight citrusy flavour.

    • Oh, that sounds yummy! I have seen a lot of recipes (after I posted this) that soaked the dates. I wanted to avoid extra water, but I think I might do that in cases where I don’t think it matters (smoothies, wetter items, oatmeal) as it looks like it might be easier.

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