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