Learn how to make date paste to use a natural sweetener, a dip or spread or in baking recipes. Date paste is sweet, creamy, delicious and easy to make! It’s also vegan, oil-free, has no added sugar and is madewith just one simple ingredient: dates.

A spoon scooping date paste out of a small glass jar on a white background.

Date Paste Method

Here’s how I make date paste.

Start with 1 cup packed of pitted dates. This should be about 250 grams. Really push them in there so you have a full, packed cup.

A 1 cup measuring cup packed with pitted dates.

Soak the Dates

Soak the dates in “just boiled” water for 1-2 hours. After they’ve soaked, scoop out at least 1/4 cup of the soaking water and then drain the dates. There’s no need to dry them completely. Just give them a quick shake. If they’re a bit wet, that’s totally fine.

Why soak the dates?

Soaking makes them extra soft and gooey and makes blending a breeze! If you have very soft dates to begin with, such as fresh medjool dates, you can probably get away with skipping the soaking and just blending them with a bit of warm water. I always soak them though.

Pitted dates soaking in hot water in a glass bowl.

Blend the Dates

Add the dates and reserved 1/4 cup soaking water to a blender or food processor and mix until smooth. I like to add a little pinch of sea salt too but it’s optional.

Once blended, it can enjoyed it right away but it gets even better after sitting. Date paste becomes darker, thicker and sweeter after chilling in the fridge for a couple hours.

Pitted dates and water in a Vitamix container.
Date paste in a glass mason jar.

How to Blend Date Paste

You can make date paste in a food processor or blender or by using an immersion blender. A powerful single-serve blender cups works best for small batches and a food processor or high-speed blender works best for large batches.

I make date paste using 1 cup of dates in my Vitamix and it works just fine but it does take some stopping and scraping down the sides repeatedly since their isn’t enough content to really catch the blades.

What kind of dates to use

Date paste can be made with any kind of dates. Medjool dates are the sweetest and softest but since the dates are soaked before blending, any date works well.

I really like sayer dates for this recipe. They’re soft, gooey and extra sweet. Deglect noor, bahri and honey dates all work as well.

How to Store Date Paste

Store date paste in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks. It will probably keep longer than that but mine never lasts that long. Date paste can also be frozen up to 3 months and thawed in the fridge.

A spoon scooping thick date paste out of a mason jar.

Date Paste Recipe

Follow the recipe below to make delicious, homemade date paste. You can use date paste as a spread or dip, in baking or as a natural sweetener wherever needed.

How to Use Date Paste

There are many delicious ways you can use date paste. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

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A spoon scooping date paste out of a small glass jar on a white background.

How to Make Date Paste

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Smooth, sweet and creamy date paste makes a wonderful spread or dip and is the perfect natural sweetener to use in all your favourite recipes.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed, pitted dates (250 g pitted)
  • hot water
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, optional

Instructions

  1. Add the pitted dates to a bowl and pour in about 1 cup of just boiled water or enough to cover them.
  2. Soak for 1-2 hours. At room temperature is fine.
  3. Scoop out at least 1/4 cup of the soaking liquid and set aside. Strain the dates, giving them a quick shake then adding to a blender or food processor.
  4. Add the 1/4 cup reserved water and if desired, a pinch of sea salt. Blend the dates until smooth. Depending on your blender, this may take a few minutes as you’ll have to stop and scrape the sides down as you go. If you have a powerful single-serve blender, it works better than a large blender container. A food processor works well too.
  5. Scoop the date paste into a sealable container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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