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Date Paste (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Date paste could be the easiest natural sweetener you can make! Use it in your oatmeal, almond milk, shakes and many other dishes to add a hint of natural sweetness.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed pitted soft medjool dates - if not soft, soak the dates in water for at least 30 minutes and drain- see detailed notes below*
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  • In a high-powered blender, add the dates and water. Blend on low at first, then increase the speed to high. It should be a thick paste (see photos). But if it's too thick and not moving in the blender, add more water in 1 tablespoon increments and blend until smooth and to your desired consistency.
  • This recipe makes 1 cup date paste. Nutrition information is based on a serving size of 2 tablespoons. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. 

Notes

  • *The trick to making this date paste smooth is making sure you are working with very soft dates. I've found a couple stores in my area that have soft medjool dates, but unfortunately others where they are more firm. If you can only find firm dates, be sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes (or longer, depending on firmness) before adding them to the blender. It also helps to use a high-powered/high speed blender, which will break up the dates much better than a traditional blender
  • You can use this date paste to sweeten oatmeal, homemade almond milk, shakes, smoothies, baked goods, desserts, and more. I've even given this to my nephew as baby food and he loved it! =)

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 8kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.2g | Protein: 0.1g | Sugar: 2g
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