Vanilla Bean Date Paste

If you’re trying to avoid refined sugar, date paste is a great alternative!

Dates are naturally sweet. Have you ever heard the phrase “nature’s candy”? Dates definitely fit that definition. Blend them up with a couple other simple ingredients, and you have a great swap for refined sugar in your recipes. I like to use this paste in oatmeal, baked goods, even sauces (think homemade ketchup or barbecue sauce).

Feel free to leave out the vanilla if you want to use this in another recipe, but it adds a super delicious flavor if you’re going to eat this on its own or use as a topping!


  • 2 cups of pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup water (plus water to soak)
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • pinch of salt


  • Soak dates in hot water for a few minutes to soften.
  • Place the softened dates, vanilla bean paste, and salt in a food processor and pulse until the dates are broken down.
  • Drizzle in 1/2 cup of fresh water and continue to blend until you get a smooth, paste-like consistency.
  • Store in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to use it!