Date paste makes a sugar substitute for your favorite baked goods!
As a fairly recent Medjool dates lover, I do believe I’ve only touched the surface of what can be accomplished with dates. While I was in Yuma visiting the date farms, we talked a lot about date paste and the wonderful things you can do with it.
It’s now become a staple in my refrigerator and I try to substitute as much refined sugar as I can with it! It’s an amazing clean-eating sweetener. Some ways I’ve used it so far:
- Sweetener in smoothies.
- Spread on toast with peanut butter.
- Mixed with oatmeal.
- Used in baked goods.
Be on the look out for some more amazing recipes with date paste!
Have you ever used date paste? If so, what’s your favorite way?
from Natural Delights
- 2 cups Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
- 1/2 cup very hot water
- Blend the ingredients together, scraping the sides down as needed.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for one month.
I just started using dates as a sweetener in smoothies, and love it. This is such a great idea, Caroline! Thanks for sharing!
I’m excited to see what you made with it! Can it be substituted 1-to-1 per cup of sugar?
So far, I’ve found it can be substituted 1-to-1. I’m experimenting this week with breads and cakes. We shall see!
Huh?! I had no idea it could be substituted 1 to 1! I’ll have to try that!
i love dates but havent really substituted it in baking..im looking forward to your recipes with it 🙂
This is an amazing idea! I can’t wait to try it 🙂
wow great idea! i love using dates in recipes but I never thought to make and keep date paste 🙂
I bought a package of date sugar. How does this compare to paste as far as usage, healthfulness, etc.?
Yes, it’s very similar in usage and nutrition. Date sugar is just dehydrated and ground dates. Date paste is just watered down and blended dates. I would use date sugar as you would date paste in recipe substitutions. When in doubt, just substitute 25-50% of the sugar for the date sugar/date paste and experiment from there. I’ve had many successes using 100% substitutions for sugar in baking. It’s amazing stuff! Happy Baking!
Hey! I just used this recipe to make date paste and used it in my latest blog post: Trail Cookies! I linked back to this post! Thanks sharing your awesomeness! http://somuchtomake.blogspot.com/2014/11/trail-cookies-sugar-free-gluten-free.html
They look amazing! Thank you for linking to my recipe! 😀
Just stumbled across this recipe in the last couple of weeks. Is is weird I just like to eat this with a spoon???! I haven’t even gotten around to using it in a recipe!
Don’t tell, but I do that too! It’s almost like if you were to eat a spoonful of peanut butter, but better! 🙂
Just wondering if it has to be Medjool dates or if “regular” dates would work. We love anything dates at our house!
Yes, any dates should work just fine. 🙂
I’m trying to get off of my sugar addiction and I’m just starting to use date paste, but sometimes I find it very strong date taste in some things, can I make a raisin paste? Or something milder in taste than dates?
I’ve never tried it with raisins, but it’d be worth a shot! What about adding some other flavors to the date paste, like cinnamon, orange or cocoa powder?