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Date Paste

Date Paste is a great alternative to refine sugar and can replace sugar, 1:1, in many recipes.
Keyword Instant Pot, No oil, Sweetener, WFPB, Whole Food Plant Based
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings 48 1 tsp servings
Calories 8kcal
Author Vicky


  • Instant Pot


  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup water for inner liner of a 6-quart Instant Pot - 2 cups if using an 8-quart Instant Pot


  • Place one cup of water in the inner liner of your Instant Pot and then place the trivet in the inner liner, as well.
  • Place one cup of dates in an oven-proof bowl (we used a ceramic bowl) and then pour one cup of water over the dates.
  • Place the bowl on the trivet and them place the inner liner into the Instant Pot base.
  • Close and lock the lid, ensuring the Pressure Valve is in the Sealing position.
  • Select the Pressure Cook button (Manual on some Instant Pots) and set the cooking time for 3 minutes.
  • Once cooking time is complete, allow a 10-minute Natural Pressure Release (NPR). All that means is, just let you Instant Pot sit for 10 minutes after the cooking time is complete.
  • After the 10-minute NPR, release the rest of the pressure by carefully moving the Pressure Valve from Sealing to Venting.This won’t take very long as there will be very little pressure left.
  • When all of the pressure has been released, and the Float Valve has dropped, carefully remove the lid.
  • Transfer the bowl with the dates to a heatproof surface.
  • Carefully pour off, and retain the excess liquid (we’ll need some of it when we purée the dates.)
  • Place that dates in a food processor and process until smooth, adding the liquid a little bit at a time if necessary.Note: You won’t need all of the liquid.
  • Transfer the date paste to clean, preferably sterilized, jar. Transfer the liquid to another jar or container. Both date paste and the liquid will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. It can also be frozen, if you prefer.
  • You can now use the date paste as a 1:1 substitute for sugar in most recipes.
  • We use up the liquid by adding it to our morning coffee but you can use it to add a little sweetness elsewhere, too. It’s not nearly as sweet as the paste, though.
  • 6-quart Pot-in-PotPressure cook - 3 minutes
    Time to come to pressure: 6 minutes
    Cook time: 3 minutes
    NPR: 10 min.
    Time to release pressure: less than 1 minute
    Total Instant Pot time: approx. 20 minutes