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DATE PASTE – ALL NATURAL SWEETENER

DATE PASTE – ALL NATURAL SWEETENER

I’ve been using date paste since I couldn’t get my hands on stevia. Why not honey, since its natural? I dislike the taste of honey because it makes me puke. Each time I use date paste for some for clients, they come back asking for more. So I decided to share the recipe with illustrations.

What you need

  • 1 ‘Mudu’ of date
  • 1-cup (250ml) water
  • Saucepan or pot
  • Hand Blender or blender or food processor
  • Empty container for storage

This recipe is super easy; I will explain two ways of making it.

RECIPE 1 (The one I made)

  • Tie date in a nylon bag for 3 days to soften a little (this is optional if your date is soft, mine was super hard)
  • After three days, open up dates to remove seeds
  • Wash out any insect
  • Put date in a saucepan or pot and pour 1 cup of water
  • Cook for 10 to 30 minutes under very low heat
  • When the date starts falling apart (extremely soft), put it down and cool
  • Now blend until its pureed

RECIPE 2

  • Remove seeds from date
  • Wash and soak overnight or for 12 hours with water. Make sure the water covers the top
  • Blend the date until it forms a paste

NOTE: If you’re using ordinary blender, you might want to add little water when blending.

Try adding cinnamon or vanilla extract for a richer taste.

Store in the fridge/freezer.

I divide mine in 4 parts; place 3 parts in the freezer and 1 part in fridge. When I’m done using the one in the fridge, I move to another container. This can last up to 3 months in the fridge with constant light.

I prefer recipe 2 because it tastes better than recipe 1.

USAGE

This can be used in tea, coffee, pap, cereal, baking or even as spread.

BENEFITS OF DATES

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