So who loves dates? Assuming that you guys do know what dates are, right?
Well, you’ve come to the right source! Dates are a fruit and you usually find dried dates at your local grocery store in the fruit section but probably never really noticed unless you have been familiar with them. Dates are rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants and the essential minerals potassium and magnesium
Dates are also good for the following:
- Weight loss
- Relieving constipation, supporting regular bowel movements
- Promoting heart health, reducing heart disease risk
- Iron-deficiency anemia
- Reducing blood pressure
- Promoting respiratory and digestive health
- Pregnancy deliveries
- Hemorrhoid prevention
- Chronic conditions such as arthritis
- Reducing colitis risk
- Preventing colon cancer
Making your own date paste is pretty simple and a great way to incorporate in your baking. Dates are pretty high in sugar, in fact they contain about 5 times more sugar than most fruits. Although dried dates can be eaten as a snack themselves, I prefer to use this date paste in replace of any sugar in a baking recipe just depends on what I am baking.
Step 1 is taking your dates and soaking them for about 20 minutes in warm water.
After your dates have soaked remove the seeds fully from each date and place seeds to the side or discard. Place the dates in your food processor. Add about 1/4 cup water (2 fl. oz. or 60ml) of water to the dates as well (depending on how many dates you may need to add more).
Blend until smooth and creamy.
And it’s as simple as that! Now you have DATE PASTE!
You can spread this onto toast, fruit, desserts, etc. Whatever you’d like! I love to bake with it so I decided to make some cupcakes.
The leftover date paste I had decided to make a jam type recipe with it to fill my cupcakes with.
I also made some delicious banana cream buttercream frosting to top it off with.
Soft, moist and tasty! Go ahead…take a bite!