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