Natural Date Sweetener
So really you can puree almost any dried fruit, add water and create a paste. Dates are great because they are naturally super sweet. Date paste also has a slightly caramel or brown sugar flavor.
My favorite way to eat date paste is in my oatmeal, in smoothies, spread onto toast or by the spoonful when I am craving sugar!
It doesn’t work in everything due to the consistency. I don’t think I would ever add this to my morning coffee or tea. But date paste is definitely worth having on hand and it is super-duper simple to make . . . in fact I wouldn’t even consider this a recipe.
And just a disclaimer: If you are adhering to a strict clean eating diet, dried fruit is considered off-limits by some clean eating sources while other sources allow it . . . you decide if this sugar alternative is right for your diet plan.
I have teamed up with several other bloggers that are posting about healthy lifestyle changes. This week is focused on diet changes and healthy alternatives. I’m not following a specific diet, but I am trying to eat less processed food. So my goal is to eat food that is natural, unprocessed , unrefined . . . I’m dabbling in the Clean Eating Craze. Oh, and my #1 goal is to finally conquer my diet soda addiction!
- 8 ounces Pitted Dried Medjool Dates
- 1-2 Cups Filtered Water*
- Pinch of Cinnamon
- Vanilla Paste
- Double check that all of the pits have been removed from the dates. (I always find 1-2 pits in each batch)
- Transfer dates to a bowl and pour filtered water over them until dates are fully submerged.
- Allow dates to soak for at least 30 minutes. I've soaked for up to two hours.
- Remove dates from water and transfer to a food processor or blender. Reserve soaking liquid.
- Add 1 Tb of soaking liquid and begin to puree. How quickly the dates break down depends on the quality of your processor.
- Continue processing and adding soaking liquid by the tablespoon until you get your desired consistency.
- Also add the cinnamon or vanilla for a flavored date paste. (I prefer plain)
- I usually end up adding 3-4 Tb liquid to get my preferred consistency.
- Transfer date paste to a jar or sealed container and store in the refrigerator.
- Use within 2 weeks.
I use filtered water because I am adding the soaking water into the date paste. It is your choice to use filtered or non filtered.
I use the leftover soaking liquid in a smoothie within a day or so.
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 53Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 2mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 1gSugar 13gProtein 0g
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