Soaking Dates

Date Paste

Fruit pastes are made by soaking dried fruit in water, sometimes with spices or citrus, and then pureeing the thick or thinner mixture until smooth. Commonly made from dried dates, figs, apricots, or mangoes, fruit pastes are staple ingredients for a plant-based diet.

Course Sweetener
Cuisine American
Author Fran Costigan


  • 1/2 cup 2 1/2 ounces dried dates
  • 1 cup water


  1. Soak the dates until very soft.
  2. Drain, saving the soaking water. Add to blender container.
  3. Add the soaking water (start with 1/2 cup).
  4. Blend until the paste is smooth and no skins are visible. Add more water as needed.
  5. Refrigerate in covered container for up to 3 weeks.

Recipe Notes

Tip: Add more water to the blender container and run on high to rinse and capture the date paste that is in the container. Refrigerate and use as a light sweetener.