To hurry things along, you can soak the pitted dates, or any dried fruit, in boiling water. If you are adhering to raw principals, you will not do this. It’s convenient to soak fruit overnight. I use large Medjool dates but any dates, pitted and equal to 6 ounces.
Recipe yields 1/2 to 2/3 cup.
Date paste will keep for over a week, covered and refrigerated. Alternatively, it can be frozen for several months. It will not freeze solid which facilitates scooping out exact amounts.
It isn’t possible to get all of the date paste out of the blender. I add leftover soaking liquid or water to the blender and blend on high. Keep the more liquid date paste to use in smoothies, oatmeal and so on, or add to the date paste you’ve made to thin if desired.