Caramel date paste
Christmas is getting so close and I am super excited! I cannot wait to spend time with my family and celebrate christmas with lots of good food and gifts – I am pretty much like a 5 year old when it comes to christmas presents, haha I just can’t help it! I absolutely love both giving and receiving presents! :D
What I love even more about christmas is all the good food, I am such a foodie and there is nothing better than indulging in lots of treats and traditional danish christmas food! I love to mix in some of my healthier treats as well though and this super easy date paste is definitely a new favorite of mine. It taste just like a healthified version of delicious gooey caramel and you can pretty much use it for everything!
I absolutely love eating the date paste with apple slices that I dip in a mix of chopped almonds and dark chocolate, so simple, but so good! I also use it for raw desserts and pretty much everything else at the moment to add some extra YUM! I have been using it as a topping for my oatmeal and skyr all week along with some of my strawberry-rhubarb compote and it is sooo good – dessert for breakfast! Haha I always eat way too much during christmas, but oh well it just means a little extra padding to keep me warm during winter ;)
1 cup (equals 2.5 deciliter) pitted dates, packed
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
A couple drops of natural caramel essence – optional
1-3 tablespoons coconut milk or water – only add if needed
- The dates I use are fresh and super soft and gooey, but if your dates aren’t soft you can still use them, simply put them in a jar, cover them with water and let them soak overnight. If you are in a hurry you can soak them in hot water for 10-15 minutes. If you do this, then you need to save some of the water and add it a tablespoon at a time to the food processor until your date paste has the desired consistency and is nice and smooth.
- If you use fresh and soft dates, then simply add all the ingredients to your food processor and pulse until smooth – if needed add a little coconut milk or water until the desired texture is achieved
Note: Store the date paste in the fridge in an airtight jar, it should keep for about a week.