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How to Make Date Paste

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Learn how to make date paste and indulge your sweet tooth with a natural, 1- ingredient sweetener that’s a deliciously healthy alternative to sugar.


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  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 2 cups of water


  1. Soften the dates. Soak the dates in boiling or hot water for at least an hour. Likewise, you can heat them in a saucepan or the microwave for a super-quick soak. Cover and store them in the refrigerator if you are soaking them overnight.
  2. Make the paste. Drain the dates and reserve 1 cup of the soaking liquid. Place the dates in a blender or food processor with 2 tablespoons of water. Gradually increase the speed and add more water until the paste is smooth.
  3. Store or freeze. Use a jar or airtight container and store date paste in the refrigerator for up to a month. Freeze in small containers, freezer bags, or ice cube trays for several months (up to a year if covered). 



  • 1 cup of dates will yield approximately 1 cup of date paste.
  • Nutritional information is based on 1 tablespoon of date paste.
  • Make date paste without a blender or food processor by softening and warming the dates. Heat them in a saucepan or in the microwave. Drain the dates and immediately use a large fork, pastry cutter, or a pestle and mortar to break them down.
  • To substitute date paste for sugar, use 2/3 of a cup of date paste for every 1 cup of sugar or every ½ cup of maple syrup. 


Keywords: how to make date paste; vegan; sugar alternative