Dates are known as nature’s candy. That is because they are naturally sweet. Whenever I am craving something sweet, I eat a date. They are especially good stuffed with a little peanut butter! Since I have been eating SOS free lately, meaning no sugar, oil, or salt, I have been using date paste as a natural sweetener whenever I bake. Since dates are a whole food, they are a much healthier alternative to processed sugar.
- 1 pound pitted dates
- 1 cup water
- Soak dates in liquid overnight or for several hours until most of the liquid is absorbed.
- In a food processor, process dates and liquid until completely smooth.
I store the date paste in a mason jar in the freezer where it will last longer and since it doesn’t freeze solid, I can just take it out and use it as soon as I need it.
This recipe yields 2 cups.
I usually make date paste to add in baked goods, but sometimes I’ll spread some date paste on top of an apple. It tastes like a caramel covered apple! Delicious!