Homemade Date Paste

It’s only early November and I’ve already started Christmas cookie baking. I’ve made 7 batches over the last three days; I’ve got like 3 metal tins full of them; I’ve got my mouth full of almond cookies, crumbs all over my chin; and my kitchen smells like a bakery-shop.

Life’s good right now.

 

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I’ve been playing a lot with butter, sugar, oil, flours and more butter these days; I kinda should have made one or two health-ish batches, but guess what, I haven’t (((yet)). Thing is that, while I like sugar and butter better than artificial sweeteners and margarines, they don’t make me feel my best, like, they make me sluggish and tired and oh, they make my skin look terrible too. Have you guys ever watched “The Lord of the Rings”? You know the orcs? Yeah, sugar makes  me look like that, no joke.

 

 

But I like the sweet stuff. A lot. I can’t go for too long without having any kind of dessert, which most of the time is a healthy one, but it still needs to be somewhat sweetened, right?

((For the record, I do look like an angry orc if I don’t have my dessert as well))

So that’s what date paste is perfect for:

 

 

Creamy, sweet (but not tooth-aching!) and 100% natural, this stuff is too good to miss. You guys, stop reading, go to the store and get yourself some dates. Soak them, add water, puree, and… BOOM magic, date paste is born. Isn’t it fantastic?

Plus you can add it to lots of foods that you’d usually sweeten with sugar: yogurt, oatmeal, glazes, pancakes, waffles… the possibilities are endless! I made some salted caramel sauce with the paste today. Needless to say it was amazing! You know that I’m a huge fan of this 3 Ingredient 6 Minutes Salted Caramel sauce, but hey, I’m not one to pass a refined sugar-free, vegan one which also tastes great!

 

 

Homemade Date Paste

Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Condiment, Dessert
Misc Child Friendly

Ingredients

  • 250 Grams dates (pitted)
  • enough Water to soak them
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract (opcional)
  • 250 Grams dates
  • enough Water to soak them
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

Directions

1.
Soak dates for 30 minutes or longer.
2.
Add dates to a food processor, but don't squeeze the extra liquid. Do not add more water though.
3.
Add dates to a food processor, but don't squeeze the extra liquid. Do not add more water though.
4.
Blend until a paste forms. It'll be thick.
5.
Blend until a paste forms. It'll be thick.
6.
I needed 3 tbsp. of liquid (1 tbsp. vanilla + 2 tbsp. soaking water) to get the consistency you see in the pictures.
7.
I needed 3 tbsp. of liquid (1 tbsp. vanilla + 2 tbsp. soaking water) to get the consistency you see in the pictures.
8.
You don't need to add all liquid at once. Start with 1 tbsp. and check to see if you like how thick/thin it is. If it's too thick, add more liquid!
9.
You don't need to add all liquid at once. Start with 1 tbsp. and check to see if you like how thick/thin it is. If it's too thick, add more liquid!

Note

You should need no more than 3-4 tbsp. liquid to make the paste. I added 3 (2 tbsp. soaking water + 1 tbsp. vanilla extract)

This recipe is paleo, vegan, refined sugar-free and gluten free.

Guys, I think something is woring with my recipe plug-in, but I don't know how to fix it (and I've tried ok?), so ignore that all quantities and steps are written twice... I don't know why this happens, sorry for the bother!

 

And if you enjoy dates and healthy sweets, don’t forget to try these Coconut Mocha Energy Bars. Fudgy, chewy and chocolaty, these are the perfect pre and post workout treat. Heck, they’re so good that they could even be called “dessert”!

 

 

And how about you, guys? Have you started Christmas cookie baking yet? Favorite kind of cookie? I’m looking for some inspiration here!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Consuelo

42 Comments

  • Reply holly ; the hobbit kitchen November 10, 2013 at 11:35 am

    this looks awesome, what a great sugar alternative! i’ve never even heard of date paste! but i definitely look like an orc if i’m deprived of sweet stuff as well so i just might have to give this a go πŸ™‚ and i’m so glad i’m not the only one who’s started their christmas baking already. so excited!
    the hobbit kitchen x

    • Reply Consuelo November 10, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      Yeah, I need sweets in order to function properly!
      Let me know how it goes! And aw, I’m so so excited about Christmas as well. And cookies. Specially cookies, I love those! x

  • Reply Aimee / Wallflower Girl November 10, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Great idea! I made a recipe using date paste before and you would honestly not be able to tell it was free from ordinary sugar. Any idea how long a batch of this would keep? And what recipe plugin are you using?

    • Reply Consuelo November 10, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Maybe one week? I don’t know, as it gets eaten really fast at home, sorry!
      The Get Me Cooking one. It used to work fine, but these days is not working properly and I have no idea why. I would install a new one, but I’m afraid it might mess up woth my blog, because when I install lots of them, I usually get the “dead blank page” or whatever is is… I need to get a new plug-in, yeah.
      xx

  • Reply Mary Frances November 10, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Dates are on the list! Thanks for all the ideas on how to use them … I wouldn’t have thought of all of those! Healthy, sweet, totally what we all need right now! πŸ˜‰ Oh, and don’t worry about the duplicates … you’re just making sure we don’t mess up! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo November 10, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      They’re so annoying though πŸ™ I think I need a new plug-in!
      Thank you so much, I’m glad you’re enjoying these recipes πŸ™‚

  • Reply Claire @ The Black Cat Kitchen November 10, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Yey glad to see it’s not just me starting on the Christmas planning πŸ™‚ Never heard of fig paste, or of using it to sweeten but I love the idea. Always good to reduce sugar where you can. love that with this you can still have dessert though!

    • Reply Consuelo November 11, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Yay, I love to have some kind of dessert on a weekly basis, so yeah this kind of healthy choices are right up my alley! Glad you like it πŸ˜€

  • Reply caileejoy November 10, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Wow!! What a great idea! This looks amazing! I love dates! They are so sweet… naturally πŸ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo November 11, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you Cailee πŸ˜€

  • Reply Ashley November 11, 2013 at 12:11 am

    This is such a great idea Consuelo! I’ve been using dates a lot lately but never thought to make a paste out of them. I need to try this soon! Hope you’re having a great weekend : )

    • Reply Consuelo November 11, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      I did, thank you! Hope you had a nice one too πŸ˜€

  • Reply danguole November 11, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Ah, I am really into sugar. But you’re right, sugar isn’t into me… This looks like such a good alternative. Bring on the natural fruit sweetness!

    • Reply Consuelo November 11, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      I’m happy you like it! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl November 11, 2013 at 1:07 am

    I would love to move into your kitchen if it smells like a bakery-shop! I love the idea of making dates into a paste, have got to give this a shot!

    • Reply Consuelo November 11, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Move here, but bring some of your pumpkin donuts… I’m obsessed about thoese πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Monica November 11, 2013 at 2:35 am

    I love the image of you baking all those Christmas cookies, eating them, and your house smelling like a bake shop. Sounds like paradise! : ) It’s great you thought to make this date paste to have a healthier sugar alternative…very smart. I just made a rough draft of my “to-bake for Christmas” list too today. There are many cookies on there. My family and I love Italian tri-color cookies and there’s a ginger chocolate cookie that I make once a year that we love for the holidays.

    • Reply Consuelo November 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      It was so close to paradise inded! Yay, I’m trying to make a Christmas Baking Bucket list as well, but I odn’t think I get to cook everything that’s on there!
      Awh, those tri-color cookies sound spectacular, I can’t wait to see the recipe πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jamie@Milk N Cookies November 11, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Consuelo, this is such a great idea! I’ve noticed that my skin looks quite a bit worse if I’m eating too many sweets using refined sugar. I’ve tried sweetening things with apple sauce, maple syrup, agave nectar, and honey. I’ll definitely have to try this date paste, too!

    And wow — you’re way ahead of the game on your Christmas recipes, my friend! I haven’t made any Christmas goodies yet — I’ll probably wait until December, but only because I’m focused on Thanksgiving : )

    • Reply Consuelo November 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Oh that’s true. I love how refined sugar works for baking, but it makes me feel terrible!
      Awh, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here, so I can start planning Christmas, which I LOVE πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Laurel y Menta November 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Adoptamos de inmediato esta exquisitez. Conocemos un par de personas que mueren por los dΓ‘tiles, asΓ­ que Γ©sta es nuestra receta…
    Nosotras todavΓ­a no hemos comenzado a hornear para las fiestas…, pero todo es ponerse. Y una vez que empezamos, quiΓ©n nos para??
    Un besito, linda.

    • Reply Consuelo November 11, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Jajaja, a mΓ­, ahora que empezado, to me para nadie. NADIE.
      Espero que os guste. Β‘Besos! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Joanne November 11, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    We are pretty much the same in this respect…I can’t live with my sweets or without them! I love this healthier alternative to sugar though! Dates are nature’s best candy. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo November 11, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      They are indeed! I’m glad you like this πŸ™‚

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments November 11, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    This looks fabulous, Consuelo! I love the thought of using this for bars, etc. I can’t wait to start Christmas cookie baking, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo November 11, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      Thank you so much, Marcie! I’m sure it’ll work great for bars πŸ˜‰

  • Reply makingthymeforhealth November 11, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Haha! I’m sure you don’t look anything like an orc, no matter how much sugar you eat. I wish it was healthy because I sure do love me some sugar. This is a great alternative though! I’ve never heard of date paste but I like that it’s so easy to make.

    ps. can’t wait to see all of those cookies! πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Consuelo November 11, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      I do, hahaha! Yeah, it is so easy and it goes well with loads of stuff, I love it!
      Thanks, Tiffany! x

  • Reply Kellly November 12, 2013 at 12:15 am

    I have a major sweet tooth but feel sluggish and have to be careful how much refined sugar I eat on a daily basis since my pregnancy and this date paste sounds so perfect! I love that you can use this paste in baking to cut down on the amount of refined sugar used.
    That’s so awesome that you got started on your holiday cooking baking already too, I can imagine how wonderful your home smelled with all the fresh baked cookies and can’t wait to see what you made πŸ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Yeah, it’s a nice choice to sweeten lots of stuff!
      Awh, it smelled so nice indeed πŸ˜‰ Thanks! x

  • Reply anecdotesandapples November 12, 2013 at 5:18 am

    What a great way to get a sweet fix without using refined sugar! I’ll be making this soon! I haven’t started my cookie baking yet, but I need to! Thank you for sharing Consuelo!

    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      I can’t wait to see which wonderful recipes you come up with!
      I’m gald you like this, thanks! x

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen November 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Love this recipe Consuelo! I have just recently started using dates in things. Last week I made a salad dressing by putting some dates, oil, and vinegar, plus a little ground red pepper in the blender and it was so good!

    • Reply Consuelo November 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      That dressing sounds wonderful! Thanks, I’m glad you like it πŸ˜€

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  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic November 14, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    You might think I’m crazy but I’ve never heard of date paste before. I love the idea!

    • Reply Consuelo November 15, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      Thanks! It is definitely a handy sweetener! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 15, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Dates makes it easier to indulge during the holidays πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Consuelo November 15, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      They do πŸ˜‰

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  • Reply Kelly F April 26, 2015 at 5:06 am

    Yum! I cannot wait to make this!! Thank you for sharing! Quick question- how much is 250g converted to cups? :/ TIA! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo April 26, 2015 at 11:49 am

      Hi Kelly! It’s been too long since I last made this, and I’m not familiar with US cups, so I had no idea, sorry! πŸ™ You’ll have to use an online converter! xxxx

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