If you are reading this blog, chances are that you are looking to adopt a sugar-free lifestyle, even if it’s only for a short period of time (e.g. Sugar-Free February). Date paste is a staple natural sweetener for so many things. It’s pretty good on toast, or can be added to cakes, biscuits, porridge, rice pudding, natural yoghurt…the list goes on!
It’s also super simple to make, and can be made in large quantities and stored in the fridge for up to 3 months.
250g pitted dates
1 tsp vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
- If you’re making this in advance of using in a recipe, then soak the dates in water overnight to soften them. However, if you need the paste now, then pop the dates and water in a microwave-safe bowl and zap them for 60 seconds. You don’t need too heat the dates, just soften them.
- Put the softened dates and water into a food blender and let it do its job at high speed for about 5 minutes.
- As the paste forms, add the vanilla and salt and continue to blend for another few minutes.
- The longer you blend it for, the smoother it will be – sounds obvious, but it can be a little grainy if you don’t blend it for long enough.
- Pop into a jar or airtight container and store in the fridge, or use!