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.
- Fill a jar with very tightly packed dates, and just cover with water.
- Soak for 2-8 hours.
If you’re in a hurry, use boiling water and soak for as little as 10mins.
- Empty jar into a food processor.
- Optional: Add a pinch of salt and a little vanilla.
I never, ever bother with this.
- 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!