Date Paste Recipe (Natural Sweetener)
Most artificial sweeteners in the market are made of refined sugar and other ingredients that can bring about blood sugar problems. Therefore, if you're concerned about maintaining good health, making your own sweeteners is the best way to go.
One of the best sweeteners you can make is date paste. As mentioned in my how to make healthy chocolate post, date paste is a great substitute for caramel, which is just melted white sugar. The paste is also super easy to store, tastes great, and can be used for all sorts of baking purposes.
This paste is also used heavily in the creations found in my 50 Healthy Chocolate Recipes mega blog post. I’m currently working on that so stay tuned!
To make the perfect date paste, follow these steps:
- STep-by-step InSTRuctions
- 40 dates
- Lime juice or coconut water
- Soak at least 40 dates in warm water until they become tender. Although dates come in several options, Mejool dates make the best option since they're the tenderest and the sweetest of the Date family.
- Remove the dates from the soaking water and proceed to extract the pit/seeds of the fruit
- Add 2 tablespoons of water to the just removed date seeds. You can also use lime juice or coconut water to add to the taste of the date paste.
- Puree the mixture in a food processor or blender until you achieve a thick creamy texture. Alternatively, grind the mixture with a mortar and pestle until you achieve the desired consistency. This is only advisable if you don't have a blender or processor.