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3-Ingredient Cardamom Date Paste

Sweet and nutritious Date Paste has many uses these days, especially in baking and as a sugar substitute in recipes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Condiments, Snack, sweets
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 oz
Calories: 97kcal
Author: Hilda Sterner


  • food processor


  • 13 ounces dates
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom (or cinnamon)
  • 2 teaspoon vegetable oil


  • Remove the pits from the dates and weigh dates to get approximately 13 ounces. Optional, chop the dates for easier processing.
  • Place dates in a small saucepan, cover with ¼ cup water, and soak for a few minutes, especially if using stale dates.
  • Sprinkle the dates with cardamom powder and simmer over low heat for approximately 5 minutes or until the dates are tender.
  • Add oil to a pan and toast date paste until the dates take on a darker color. This should take approximately 5 minutes.
  • Taste the paste to adjust the flavor if necessary. You might want to add more cardamom; I always do! 😬



  • Toasting the dates in the last step of the recipe is necessary to bring out the flavor of the dates and to get rid of the extra moisture in the dates.
  • Use date paste to make tasty date energy balls or use it as a spread to make peanut butter and date sandwiches.
  • Date paste can be used as a natural sweetener in the place of refined sugar to sweeten protein shakes, smoothies, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, muffins, and more!
  • A pinch of sea salt may also be added while simmering the dates.
  • Dates can also be used in various baked goods including date brownies, they're also a great substitute for maple syrup!
  • For a quick, healthy snack, swirl some date paste into plain or homemade yogurt.


Serving: 1ounce | Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g