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How to Make Date Paste

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I would love to have a date tree in my back yard. How awesome would that be? Very.

Dates are a fruit born from the Date Palm tree. These trees can range from 49 ft – 82 ft tall. Humongous!! There are many varieties of dates, my favorite are Medjool.

These are usually large, moist, and sweet. Dates are a great source of natural sugars, potassium, protein, fiber, and trace minerals such as: boron, copper, cobalt, fluorine, magnesium, manganese, selenium, and zinc. Wowsers! That’s a serious profile in a small package.



Where can you find them?

  • Natural health food stores
  • In major chain groceries they are sometimes in the produce area near the nuts
  • Online: Nutsonline.com and Amazon.com are 2 of my favorite places to order

What can you use dates for?

  1. To make date paste 😉
  2. Chopped up in your favorite trail mix
  3. Once pitted, stuff with an almond, pecan, or walnut for a delicious snack
  4. Natural sweetener in raw and non-raw desserts
  5. Perfect binder in raw or no-bake desserts (crusts, homemade lara like bars, cookies, etc

How to Make Date Paste

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of dates, pitted & soaked for 1 hour
  • 1/3 cup water (you may use reserved soak water)

Instructions:

  1. Remove dates from their soak water and place in a high speed blender or food processor with 1/3 cup water.
  2. Blend on high until a paste is formed. Sides of food processor or blender may need to be scraped down in between.
  3. This will make approximately 1 cup of date paste. Store in an air tight container for a week or more. (mine doesn’t usually last more than a week)

What can you use a date paste for?

  1. Natural sweetener
  2. As a date ‘butter’
  3. Mix with fresh crushed berries for a naturally sweetened fresh jam
  4. Add to smoothies for sweetness
  5. Use in your raw or baked granola
  6. Mix with cardamom, nutmeg, and cinnamon for a ‘baklava’ type dip
  7. Use as a fruit dip for bananas and apples then dip in chopped nuts
  8. I’ve read it can be used in baked goods (although I’ve never tried it)
  9. Raw almond milk sweetener
  10. As a binder in raw macaroons
Have you ever tried a date? If so, what is your favorite way to eat them?
xoxo

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