August 06, 2014

Date Paste Natural Sweetener

 
This is a wonderful sweetener to use as a sugar substitute, on breakfast cereals or just to enjoy it as it is,  when you need to satisfy your sweet tooth or other ways, where ever your imagination takes you...

It’s very easy to make and keeps in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. 
 
date-paste

Ingredients:
3 cups (1 lb. or 450 gr.) pitted dates
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

Directions
Place pitted dates ( any kind will do) into 1 quart (1 liter or 4 cups ) Mason type jar; pour enough water to cover dates; cover jar and let dates soak overnight, or for 12 hours or longer.

Next day, drain water and reserve. Empty dates and about 1/2 cup of water into a food processor bowl. Process dates adding more water, (few tablespoons at a time) until dates are all blended and puréed, for about 3-4 minutes.

Add vanilla extract and salt; continue processing adding more water if needed until turns into a smooth and creamy paste. The longer you process, the smoother will be.

Return date paste to the mason jar and store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

Use this natural sweetener in your recipes in place of sugar,  as needed.

Enjoy!
 
Leia’s Culinary Treasures

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