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Date Paste

Make the most out of fresh dates while they are in season with this easy to make, extremely versatile baking essential for those with a sweet tooth. Dates have recently become popular due to its different health benefits which allowed room for cooks to develop additional recipes using dates as a key ingredient, a substitute or an additive. However, this is not new to anyone with Lebanese or middle eastern heritage since some of our favorite childhood delicacies were filled with dates. With this recipe you will be able to elevate your date cookies, maamoul, energy balls and much more by replacing store-bought date paste with this all natural spread.
Date Paste

Conserve all the dates you can before they’re spoiled to use in all sorts of recipeas once they are no longer available on demand. All you will need for this naturally sweetened spread is the dates and some water. While some additional ingredients could be added to the recipe according to preference, preserving the taste of fresh dates encourages simplicity. This will also allow the end result to be as versatile as possible seeing specific add-ons will be required in specific desserts that call for the paste.

Time Necessary: 45 min

Serves : -

Ingredients you will need

  • Dates 
  • Water 


  • Bowl
  • Pot 
  •  Strainer 
  • Blender/food processor
  • Jar to store




  1. Pit and roughly chop the dates and add them to a bowl. 
  2. Add enough water to cover the quantity of dates to a pot and bring it to a boil. 
  3.  Add boiled water to soak the dates until softened. 
  4. Reserve some of the soaking water for later use.
  5. Drain the rest of the dates and place into a blender. 
  6. Add some of the water progressively to the dates while blend until you get the preferred consistency

Tips and Questions:

  1. While chopping the dates, use an oiled knife if the dates are too sticky. 
  2.  Store-bought date paste is not usually smooth as a paste that is more held together will be easier to handle in some recipes. You could always soften the paste with water, orange juice or other substitutes suggested by the recipe in the making. 
  3. While the paste can be used as a sweetener


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