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: American
  • Diet: 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.



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


  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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