Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Dates: The Ultimate Fruit Sweetener


I definitely cannot take credit for creating this creamy, decadent natural fruit sweetener called Date Paste.  It is sort of like learning how to hard boil an egg for the first time.  You can find thousands of blog posts about how to hard boil an egg... but who actually came up with the technique?  The same can be said in the "natural foodie world" for date paste.  One google search will lend hundreds of pages of the same ingredients... dates and water.  I will give credit to Chef AJ; the first person that ever introduced me to it. 

Pureed dates can be used as a sugar substitute for agave, honey, maple syrup and depending on the recipe, even granulated sugar.  This recipe is especially useful if I want to bake something sweet for my son's preschool.  They have a no-sugar policy but all-natural sweeteners are permitted.  The kids have no idea they are scarfing down delicious desserts made without sugar!

 

Recipe
2 cups dates (pitted or not)
Enough water to cover in a bowl

Instructions
Soak water covered dates overnight (this is best way to ensure a smooth puree).  Transfer soaked dates and 1/2 cup of the soaking liquid to a food processor.  Blend for about 5 minutes or until your date paste is smooth.  

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