Are you looking for a sugar substitute? This whole-food sweetener is awesome! I LOVE dates, so I am a bit partial to using dates as my sweetener. Dates boast a pretty impressive nutritional profile including vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients. Dates are also very sweet naturally and they are delicious! Now, you can use any dried fruit – mangos, apricots, plums, etc. but take into account the flavor profile that you are wanting to achieve. Dried fruit is a wonderful alternative to sugar, so get creative and enjoy the natural sweetness!
1/2 cup dried fruit of choice
1 cup water
Soak the dried fruit for 1 to 2 hours. Drain fruit, and then blend the fruit in a high speed blender or food processor until smooth. Add water as needed to help blend the fruit. *If using the paste in baking recipes, try to use as little water as possible when blending, so that you are not adding any extra water to the recipe by adding a runny paste.
This paste will keep for over a week in the refrigerator. OR it can be frozen for several months – it does not freeze solid, so it is great for being able to scoop out the amount you need.
Note: To mix up the flavor a bit, try adding a pinch of spice such as cinnamon, or sea salt and a bit of fresh lemon juice. (Recipe Source: Rouxbe)