Pureed dates

Date Purée

From dried dates to date purée

Dried dates will keep for about 6 months in an airtight container in the cupboard and up to a year after their “best by date” if stored in the fridge. I find that to use in some recipes, soaking them in warm water for a few minutes helps to soften them.  There are many dessert recipes that can use chopped or blended dates as a sweetener ingredient but my smoothie blender doesn’t work so well with low liquid mixes that a food processor would be more suitable for. So I looked for an option where I could more easily blend dates and came across this “date paste.”

Date Purée
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Homemade fruit sweetener
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2 Cups
  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp Himalayan salt
  1. Pack the dates tightly into a Mason type glass jar (recipe makes about 2 cups).
  2. Pour the water into the jar with the dates, cover and let soak overnight.
  3. After the dates have soaked transfer the entire contents of the jar, including the water, to the bowl of your food processor or blender.
  4. Add vanilla extract and salt and process until really smooth and creamy (3-5 mins).
  5. Transfer back to the glass jar.


  • In recipes that require a number of dates to be blended with other ingredients. Note that the puree has a higher water content than using straight blended dates so adjust the recipe accordingly.
  • As a substitute for honey or maple syrup.

Storage: refrigerate the date purée for up to 3 months

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