As a former sugar junkie I’m still crazy about anything sweet. But it should be healthy as well. When I use a sweetener it should be really useful to me, and have a nutriental value. The best way to make your recipes sweet or just to snack on are dates. Date paste or date syrup is truly a favorite of me and always in my fridge. I love dates because of their caramel sweet flavor. You could buy date paste in the store, but to be honest I think it taste a bit weird and unnatural. Since it is so easy to make yourself, I’ll show you today how to make date paste.
Which dates should I use?
I always use Medjool dates, these dates are considered the dates with the highest quality. But feel free to use the small, dried dates. Make sure though that your dates are not sweetened with sugar / glucose-fructose syrup. Regardless the type of dates, I always peel the date under running water. I simply peel the outer layer off the dates. I do this because the skin is very sticky and debris (and added sugars) can easily stick to the date.
Is date paste healthy?
Dates are one of the best sweeteners. They are not only delicious and sweet, but also contain all the fiber, vitamins and minerals from the whole fruit. The fibres will prevent your body from absorbing the sugar in the dates too fast and therefore you will have less (or no) problems with blood sugar fluctuations. Yet it is always good to try yourself if you experience a big rise in your blood sugar levels. If this is the fact, then your blood sugar is basically rising too fast, which means it will go down quickly as well and will make you crave (more) sweet. I have no issues whatsoever with dates. However, the store bought date syrups do give me blood sugar issues…..
Where can you use date paste for?
- In cakes
- For dipping apple slices
- As a topping over your oatmeal- or buckwheat porridge
- In smoothies
Date paste is easy to make yourself. It hardly takes time and is basically made out of only two ingredients, dates and water.
So simple, so delicious and really a perfect substitute for sugar in many recipes!
Do you use (or make) date paste? If so, share it below me!
- 275 gr pitted (Medjool) dates
- 100 ml of water (not too cold)
- Start by soaking the dates in a bowl with some water. Soak the dates for several hours (or overnight). The longer you soak the dates, the softer they will be and the easier they'll be to blend. If you're using the small hard dates you probably will need more than a few hours of soaking to soften them. After soaking, remove the pit from the dates (and the skin if you wish), and place the dates with more or less ¼ of the soaking water in a blender or food processor. Puree the dates and water until you have a soft creamy syrup, add more water if it is too thick. Put the date paste in a glass jar and you're done. You can store the date paste in the fridge for about 10 days.
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