This paleo date paste is a marvellous find that a friend introduced me too. It can be used in all types of different meal types that require a sweetener, so instead of reaching for the artificial sweeteners, or for some on the paleo diet lifestyle that do not eat honey or maple syrup take a try at this wonderfully sweet date paste. Once made it stores in the fridge in mason jars or glass jars for about 3 months, if you are a baker then having a few jars of paleo date paste on hand will be quite helpful. Now when it comes to the type of dates to use for this paste it is completely up to your personal preference and what your budget is like. For me I have tried your average standard less expensive dates as well as more expensive Medjool dates, and the sweetness level between the two was to the point that using either does not make much of a difference. Below you will find a step in the directions that may be quite helpful for some that are in a pinch that cannot wait 12 hours for the dates to soak and soften.
450g dates, pitted; your choice of dates type
3/4 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract, pure
1/4 tsp himalayan salt
- Pack your pitted dates real tight in a Mason type glass jar.
- Pour the water right over, cover and let soak overnight.
- Alternatively, you could cover loosely with a non-reactive lid and pop in the microwave for about 2 minutes. You don’t want to cook the dates or even heat them up. You only want to get them nice and soft.
- After the dates have soaked or have been softened in the microwave, transfer the entire content of the jar, including the water, to the bowl of your food processor.
- Add vanilla extract and salt and process for 5 – 8 minutes or until really smooth and creamy.
- Transfer back to the glass jar and place in the fridge where it will keep for about 3 months.