How To Make Date Paste

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With just dates and water, you can make your own Date Paste (also know as date caramel) to add natural sweetness and flavor to desserts and baked goods.


  • dates- pitted and chopped
  • water
  • optional: vanilla, sea salt, cinnamon, etc


  1. Place pitted dates in a bowl and cover with water.
  2. Let soak overnight.
  3. Drain soaking liquid and reserve.
  4. Place dates in a food processor or high powered blender.
  5. Add reserved soaking liquid one Tbsp at a time until mixture reaches desired consistency.
  6. Add additional flavorings if desired.
  7. Store in the fridge- color will darken as it sits.


Quick soak option:
If you’re in a pinch, you can soak the dates in hot water with a lid on for 20 minutes and then follow the directions above but after testing both methods, I think the overnight soak makes it just a little bit smoother and better