Finding a Homemade Date Paste Recipe on the internet is quite easy these days. I'm sure most of you have already heard of this 100% fruit sweetener, so this recipe won't be anything new.
However, I wanted to share this simple recipe/method with you, because I actually used date paste in two difference recipes this past week. The date paste took me no time to make and I absolutely love that it's a whole food, unrefined sweetener. We can surprisingly even find really cheap dates on-line where we live in China, so I know this will become my go-to sweetener once we return to China and even more so once I start introducing homemade sweet foods to our little girl in the future.
The reason I ended up making date paste this past week was because my mother-in-law had bought some pitted dates from Trader Joe's a while back and they needed to be used up. I had also just come across some recipes that called for date paste, so it was basically fate. I highly recommend buying already pitted dates to make date paste, because it will make this process that much simpler.
Date paste is just dates blended with water. You boil the dates in some water to get them all soft and gooey and then blend everything together until a smooth, paste forms. It couldn't be easier!
I'm sure there are many different water to date ratios that you can use to make date paste, but I like mine on the thicker side. I'd love to know if any of you make or use date paste on a regular basis. Also, if you have any recipe recommendations, please let me know! So far I've used mine to make Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal and a Chocolate Berry Chia Pudding.
If you're interested in making the Date Sweetened Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal I'll write out a quite recipe here. In a large bowl I whisked together 2 cups oat flour, 1 cup rolled oats and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. In a separate bowl I mashed 3 ripe bananas. Then to the bananas I added 1 can of pumpkin puree and ½ cup of date paste. After mixing together all the wet ingredients, I added the banana/pumpkin/date mixture to the oat flour and stirred everything together until combined. I poured the batter into an 8x8 baking dish lined with parchment paper and topped it with raisins and chopped walnuts. I baked the oatmeal for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees F.
- 3 ½ cups pitted dates (loosely packed)
- 1 cup water
- Bring the dates and water to a boil in a saucepan.
- Once the water boils, reduce the heat to simmer and allow the dates to cook and soften for about 10 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and allow the dates and water to cool for a few minutes. Then carefully transfer everything in the saucepan to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge.