Why make date paste? The reason I make it is because it’s a great substitute for maple syrup and other sugar alternatives in any recipe. Don’t get me wrong, I love maple syrup, but date paste has more nutritional benefits with the added fibre, and 0.9mg of iron per 100g of fruit.
I also want my children to be accustomed to the flavour of natural sugars, rather than intensely sweet syrups.
Date paste can last for up to 3 months in the fridge if stored in a sealed pre-sterilised jar. You can do this by boiling the jar and the lid plus the tongs you remove it with in a pan of water for 10 mins.
- Firstly, soak 200g of any dried dates overnight.
- In the morning once strained they should look like this.
- Add 1/4 cup of water
- 1/2 tsp vanilla paste or essence
- 1/8 tsp Himalayan salt
Blend in a high speed blender or a food processor until smooth.