I am always looking for spreads for the kiddies especially Mr 10 month old (can you believe he was only a few weeks old when I started TRTLMT?!). We often have enough savoury ones like honey peanut butter, avocado, hummus, spreadable cream cheese with chives and onion etc but never many sweet ones that aren’t full of added sugar.
I often use fruit purees as a spread on toast, crumpets or english muffins but thought Id try something new. I got this idea when I was blitzing dried fruit for my Apricot Bites and Mini Fruit Balls. I Googled and saw its been done heaps. This is my version.
This is really simple and fairly quick (does have soaking time) that I only make enough for a small jar to last a week or so. I wouldn’t use it after a week or so due to the lack of preservatives. You can freeze and thaw this though if you want to make a bigger batch. I prefer to make fresh.
You can use this like you do with jam or use in your cooking in place of sugars.
- 100g dried pitted dates
- 100g boiling water
- A sprinkle of cinnamon or half a teaspoon of vanilla beans, optional
- Place dates into a bowl with the water.
- Allow to sit for an hour or until softened.
- Place into tmx or food processor, along with the vanilla or cinnamon if using them, and blitz on speed 9/high speed for 10 seconds. Scrape down the sides.
- I repeat this process 5 times to get a smooth paste. There will be some slight chunks in it like most jams.
- Process until you get the desired consistency you are after.
- Place into a small jar or container and keep in the fridge for a week.