How to Make Date Paste (a healthier sugar sub)

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Date paste is a highly nutritious substitute for refined white sugar (we know regular sugar does our body and mind NO favours!).

Turning dates into a paste sounds like quite a task but it is as easy as soaking them in water and blending them up later. Date paste stores well and is easily added to anything that requires some extra sweetness.

Smoothies, curries, overnight oats, porridge, bliss balls… you get the picture.

Use as a 1:1 replacement for a granular sugar. Cookies will come out a little softer and cake-like, but still amazing.

When replacing maple syrup, use double the amount of date paste than syrup that the recipe calls for.

Directions:

  1. Fill a jar with very tightly packed dates, and just cover with water.
  2. Soak for 2-8 hours.
    If you’re in a hurry, use boiling water and soak for as little as 10mins.
  3. Empty jar into a food processor.
  4. Optional: Add a pinch of salt and a little vanilla. 
    I never, ever bother with this.
  5. Blend until paste is creamy
    This can take a few mins. It might be tempting to stop after a minute or two, but don’t. While the taste will be the same, the texture will improve!

 

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About the Author: Laini Oldfield

Laini is a mum of 5 and founder of The Wholefood Collective. She's coached tens of thousands of people on how to feel amazing using nutrition. She has a particular love for helping parents learn easy ways to get their kids eating healthier, without them even knowing (because parents have enough going on without trying to win out in a battle of wills). Unconventional smoothies are Laini's obsession, and she's even developed the Stacked Smoothie Co range of organic wholefood booster blends that target particular health goals and deliver maximum goodness in one complete and balanced meal. When she's not with her own family or coaching other families, you'll probably find her at the beach soaking up the sun and getting some much needed solitude.

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