There are many options for sweeteners. It can be confusing to figure out what is the healthiest to use. As with all foods, the best option is a whole, minimally processed option. Making your own date paste is a great way to add a bit of sweetness to your recipes.
Use your date paste to replace honey, agave and other sugars.
I recommend using organic medjool dates. They are large, soft and plenty sweet.
- 1-2 cups medjool dates
Remove the pits from dates and place dates in a bowl. Add water to cover. Be sure all of the dates are submerged. Soak for at least two hours or up to eight hours.
Drain dates reserving about 1/2 cup of the soak water.
Put dates in your food processor. Process until very smooth. Add water as needed to keep the mixture moving and to reach the desired thickness.
This will take some time. Scrape down sides of processor bowl frequently.
Alternatively use your high-speed blender. You will need to add more water. The result will be more syrupy.
Store your date paste in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.