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Super Simple Homemade Date Paste

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Summary

Adding nutrient-packed natural sweetness to desserts can come from fruit pastes, which are made by soaking dried fruit in water, sometimes with spices or citrus, and then pureeing the thick mixture until smooth. Commonly made from dried dates, figs, apricots, or mangoes, fruit pastes are core ingredients for a plant-based diet.

Yields4 ServingsPrep Time10 minsCook Time2 hrsTotal Time2 hrs 10 mins

Ingredients

 1 cup dates (pitted)
 ¾ cup water

Directions

1

Soak dates in water, so that they are completely covered, for 2 hours or more.

2

Drain.

3

Add the dates and 3/4 cup of water to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

4

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week or freeze for three months.

5

Use as needed to sweeten desserts, baked goods, smoothies, and more!

Chef's Notes

Determine your consistency
If needed, add water a bit of water to create the consistency you need. If using the paste in baked recipes, use as little water as possible. If the paste is runny, it will add additional moisture to the recipe and may negatively impact the finished product.

Add a variety of flavors
For a different flavor note, add a pinch of ground spice, such as cinnamon or nutmeg.

Add sea salt with a bit of fresh lemon juice.

Add vanilla extract or the seeds of a vanilla pod before blending for vanilla-flavored paste.

How to use
Use on top of morning grains.

Use to sweeten smoothies and desserts.

Add to marinades and dressings.

Ingredients

 1 cup dates (pitted)
 ¾ cup water

Directions

1

Soak dates in water, so that they are completely covered, for 2 hours or more.

2

Drain.

3

Add the dates and 3/4 cup of water to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

4

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week or freeze for three months.

5

Use as needed to sweeten desserts, baked goods, smoothies, and more!

Super Simple Homemade Date Paste