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Date Paste is a wonderful natural sweetener and alternative to regular table sugar and even agave due to its fiber content and other nutritional values. Date paste is an alluring sweetener with all the qualities of sugar without any loss of flavor and other sensory characteristics. Did you know that a date fruit has 25% more potassium than bananas while being free of fats, sodium, and cholesterol? You can use date paste as a sweetener in raw cookies, smoothies, as a spread, etc. When a recipe calls for dates it can be a good idea to get in the habit of making date paste. Dates come in various sizes which don’t give you accurate measuring but once you process your dates into a paste, you can then be sure you have exact measurements. If you plan on using date paste as a substitute for Agave you will need to use about 50% extra compared to agave nectar.
I have always made date paste with just water and dates but I saw a video by James Russell who also adds in a squeeze of lemon to help preserve the freshness. Good idea! Making a batch and keeping in the fridge makes it really convenient when needing a sweetener on the stop. It will keep for 2-4 weeks in the fridge. Be sure to date your container as to when you made it so you know the approx. expiration date. I use masking take and a black Sharpie.