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fruit paste

Dried Fruit Paste

Fruit paste is a whole food sweetener that you can use as an alternative to refined sugar.

Course Spreads
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Yield 1 cup
Calories 209 kcal


  • 1/2 cup dried, pitted fruit of choice dates, figs, mangoes, apricots
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 whole vanilla bean optional


  1. In a small bowl add the fruit, water and vanilla bean (optional), and let the fruit soak for 1-2 hours. 

  2. In a blender add the mixture and blend until smooth. Add water if necessary to make it the consistency you need. If you are baking with this paste, use less water. Or you can use the soaking liquid for the paste. 
  3. Store covered in the refrigerator up to one week. 
  4. It can be frozen up to several months. This is where an ice-cube tray comes in handy. 

Recipe Notes

For other alternatives: add a pinch of ground spice such as allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, or a splash of fresh lemon juice, or sea salt.