Date Paste Recipe

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This date paste recipe is a delicious, healthy substitute for processed sugar. It’s easy to learn how to make date paste, and it’s perfect for sweetening recipes.This date paste recipe is a delicious, healthy substitute for processed sugar. It's easy to learn how to make date paste, and it's perfect for sweetening recipes.

Before I made a commitment to real food, I don’t think I’d ever tried a date.

I had heard of date nut bread, but it didn’t sound appealing. For some reason I associated it with fruit cake, which is not something I enjoy.

But then I discovered Larabars, which are a healthy alternative to traditional store-bought granola bars. Larabars use different nuts and other ingredients for their various flavors, but the one sweetener they have in common is dates. This got me interested.

Known as “nature’s candy,” dates add sweetness to many different types of dishes. Even if you don’t like them plain, they can add sweet flavor and dimension to brownies, protein bars, and smoothies.

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How to Make Date Paste

Dates can be mixed with yogurt for a sweet fruit dip. They can cut the acidity of tomatoes in a batch of fresh tomato sauce. You can also use them to sweeten homemade nut butters, granola, or truffles. Even though they’re sweet like sugar, dates are more nutritious because they contain fiber and antioxidants.

When you chop a date to add it to a recipe, you end up with little bits of date in some bites and not enough sweetness in other bites. Date paste solves this problem because the sweetness is evenly distributed in your final product.

To make this date paste recipe, simply process some dates with a little water in a food processor. Store it in the refrigerator, or freeze it for later use.

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Uses for Homemade Date Paste

You can substitute this date paste for mashed banana, honey, or maple syrup in so many different recipes. Overnight oats and steel cut oatmeal are good examples of recipes that taste delicious with date paste.

If you’re swapping out sugar for date paste in a recipe, you may need to cut back the other liquids just a bit to maintain the proper consistency. One tablespoon of date paste is the equivalent of one Medjool date.

Date Paste

This date paste recipe is a delicious, healthy substitute for processed sugar.
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5 from 4 votes
Prep Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes

Recommended Equipment


  • 2 cups Medjool dates (about 16)
  • 1/4 cup water (or a bit more, as needed)


  • Remove the pits from the dates, then place the dates in a food processor or high-quality blender.
  • Add the water and process for about 30 seconds. Turn off the machine and scrape down the sides. Process the mixture for another 30 seconds.
  • If the mixture is still sticky and noticeable chunks of date are still present, add water 1 teaspoon at a time and process until a smooth paste is formed.
  • Store this paste in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks (as long as that works with the expiration date on your dates). Alternately, place the date paste in an ice cube tray and freeze. Remove the cubes from the tray and transfer them to an airtight container. These cubes of date paste can be kept in the freezer for several months.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 0.3mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Servings: 20
Calories: 41kcal
Cost: $.16 per tablespoon

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Date Paste Recipe Price Breakdown

I get my dates at Trader Joe’s for $4.49 per pound. At that rate, this recipe costs $3.20 to make, and it yields 1½ cups of date paste (20 tablespoons). The cost per tablespoon is $.16. This is about the same amount I pay for a tablespoon of maple syrup or honey. Date paste has the benefit of additional fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants, so it’s a great ingredient to add to your arsenal of sweeteners.


  1. 5 stars
    I love that trick with the ice cube tray! Such a clever way of storing it and I can just pop one cube into my morning oatmeal and I am ready to go! LOVE

  2. I loves anything with dates. I love adding it to my breakfast and yogurt specially. never tried making date paste but would love to. thanks for the idea.

  3. 5 stars
    I love the additional health benefits you get from using this as a substitute. Thank you so much for sharing your idea.

  4. Hi, I’ve been using this trick for a while is brilliant yet simple and I just love it..I just never thought of making such an amount all at once..when a recipe calls for 10 dates I just soak them in hot water, drain them(save the water) and blend them into a paste(adding more of that date-y water if needed) I was wondering what is the shelf life of a date paste if i don’t freeze it?for how long will it last?thank you so much!

    1. I’ve never tried leaving date paste in the fridge indefinitely, so I’m really not sure. I think it would last at least 3 to 4 days, though.

  5. Hello Annemarie! I just stumbled across this post and I love it! But I was just wondering, if you freeze your dates in cubes, how do you go about using them in a recipe? Like if I wanted to use them in a granola recipe, how could I unfreeze them in order to use them in my granola?

    1. Hannah, I typically defrost it in the refrigerator. You could also put it on the counter to defrost – it shouldn’t take too long.

  6. Hi i’m going to try experimental avocado cookies and want to make your date paist as the sweetner will add a link back to your post!

  7. Hi! Thank you for this undoubtedly amazing recipe! All my family and friends loved it! I added some lemon juice (to lower the swetness) and lemon peel. Another time — lemon juice and orange peel. The peel added a nice subtle citrus aroma (orange tasted better, it has no bitter). But even without any additions the paste is delicious!

  8. Annemarie,
    I just made orange date muffins today–tossed 2 juice oranges from the never-decreasing boxes of band fruit fundraiser citrus into a blender with 15 dates (from the slowly-decreasing tub of Costco Tunisian dates) and blended away until it was liquid. Other than peeling the oranges it was ridiculously easy. Must post that recipe soon.
    I’m intrigued by date paste–I can see using that in a bunch of sweet things (and in a chutney, that would be delicious). Thanks!

  9. Just bought dates yesterday! Date bread is a fave and I wanted to try my hand at a GF version. I will definitely try the date paste. Thanks!!

  10. Perfect timing! I have some dates about to expire and I didn’t know what to do with them. Is there a reason you prefer Medjool dates for the date paste? Thanks for the great idea!

    1. I’m glad for the good timing! I always buy Medjool dates, but this would work with regular dates too. If the dates are hard, you should soak them first to soften them up before you put them in the food processor. You can use some of the soaking water in place of the plain water. Let me know how it goes!

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