You may never buy jelly or jam again. Date paste really is that good. It can be spread on toast, use it to make a PB&D, added to create a recipe like these delicious bliss balls, avocado mousse, in smoothies, or…straight out of the jar with a spoon. The best part is there’s just two ingredients to this “recipe” – and that’s including the small amount of water you need to soak the dates in. So, basically, go buy a bunch of dates and you’re ready to go.
Yes, dates are high in sugar, but they’re also high in nutrients too. They’re a great choice used as a natural sweetener in recipes, can help lower cholesterol levels, relieve and prevent constipation due to their high fiber content, and boost energy levels (try this easy recipe for a pre or post workout snack!).
Dates are great for kids as well. With a built in sweet tooth they seem to have, it’s a great way to give them what they want and you can feel good about it too! For some extra protein and nutrition, sprinkle some hemp seeds on top like I did above.
- 2 cups pitted (medjool) dates
- 1 cup water to soak
- Soak dates for at least 2 hours (more if you have the time!).
- Pour into a strainer to get rid of the access water.
- Transfer to a high speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add water as needed if the paste becomes too thick.
- Use organic when possible. Any (pitted) dates will do!