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Date Puree

With pureed dates, you can add sweetness to just about any dish without having to use processed or refined sugars. Whip up a big batch of this and keep it in the fridge or freezer, and you'll have a healthy whole-food sweetener on hand at all times!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 0 Minutes
Yield: Makes approximately 1.5 cups


This is a really simple recipe for pureed dates, which can be used to sweeten baked goods, salad dressings, porridge, overnight oats, and much more! Soft, fresh medjool dates work best for this recipe, but you can also buy firmer date varieties or dried dates, and soak in boiling water to soften before blending.

And don't forget: make sure all the dates are 100% free of pits before blending!


  • 500 grams pitted fresh medjool dates (approx. 600g pre-pitted)


  • 400g pitted dried dates or pitted deglet noir dates


  1. If you are using fresh medjool dates, slice them in half and add to the bowl of a food processor. Add two tablespoons of boiling water, then blend at a high speed until you have a smooth, uniform paste. You may need to stop blending periodically to scrape the dates down from the side of the bowl.
  2. If you are using dried dates or deglet noir dates, place them in a small pot or saucepan. Cover with water, bring to a boil, and allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, drain the dates, and add them to a bowl of a food processor. Blend at a high speed until you have a smooth, uniform paste. You may need to stop blending periodically to scrape the dates down from the side of the bowl.
  3. Transfer the date puree to a container or jar, and refrigerate for future use. 

Prepared date puree can be refrigerated for up to one week, or frozen for up to 2 months. If frozen, allow the date puree to thaw out fully at room temperature before using.