Review: Natural Delights Medjool Dates And How To Make Date Paste
I have always loved using Dates in my baked goods but I didn’t discover Medjool Dates until after I went gluten free a few years ago.
If you haven’t tried these Dates yet, you really must. There is no comparison between them and the dried up old brick style Dates you can find in the Baking isle at your local supermarket. Medjool Dates are a fresh date with a deep amber colour. They are big, soft, plump and easier to work with than smaller dried dates. Because of their size, Medjool Dates are commonly called the “King of Dates”.
These Natural Delights Medjool Dates are natural and they are delightful
What do I like about these Natural Delights Medjool Dates?
- Medjool are the largest of all dates, they are very sweet and soft, they almost melt in your mouth.
- These Dates are gluten-free and make a great substitute for refined sugar.
- They have a delightful caramel flavour (they taste just like candy).
- Natural Delights Medjool Dates are grown naturally. Farmers grow them throughout the Lower Colorado River Valley around Bard, California.
Where to buy?
- Natural Delights Medjool Dates are found in the Produce section at most grocery stores, or online direct from the growers.
How to store?
- Medjool Dates do not need refrigeration but do last longer when stored in the refrigerator.
Recipes with Medjool Dates
- No-Bake Chocolate Pecan Coconut Bars by Fox in the Kitchen
- Nana’s Homemade Coconut Granola by Fox in the Kitchen
- Chocolate Covered Medjool Date Bars by Sondi Bruner
- Bacon Wrapped Pecan Stuffed Dates by Wright Kitchen (omit the chevre to make it Dairy Free and strict Paleo)
- Caramelized Coconut Dates by Life Made Full
- Chocolate Paleo Snack Cake by Paleo Spirit
- Magic Brownie Bars by Paleo OMG
- Kickin BBQ Shredded Chicken by Stupid Easy Paleo (guest post on Nom Nom Paleo)
You will find more Recipes on the Natural Delights site.
Nutritional Facts are found on their Canadian site.
I had seen posts for Date Paste on Pinterest and decided that was the first thing I would make after picking up these Natural Delights Medjool Dates. Making the Date Paste was super simple and I’m having fun discovering various ways to use it.
Tutorial: How To Make Date Paste
Summary: Date Paste is gluten-free and a great natural substitute for refined sugar.
Gluten Free | Grain Free | Dairy Free | Egg Free | Sugar Free | Vegan | Vegetarian | Paleo
What You Will Need:
- Medjool Dates
- Warm water
- A Food Processor or a good Blender (to purée the dates)
How To Make Date Paste
- Cut Medjool Dates open and remove the pits.
- Place Dates in a bowl and pour warm water over them until just covered. Cover bowl and set aside to soak for several hours, or overnight.
- Strain Dates, reserving the date soaking water.
- Purée soaked dates in a Food Processor or Blender until smooth. Add reserved date soaking liquid a tablespoon at a time until Date Paste is of desired consistency.
- Spoon Date Paste into a small Mason Jar, screw on lid and store in the refrigerator. Use within 2-3 weeks.
- Make your Date Paste in bulk. It will keep for 2-3 weeks in the fridge, or for up to 3 months in the freezer. To freeze, store your Date Paste in a ziplock bag and lay it flat in the freezer. Freezing it flat will allow you to break off a piece as you need it.
Some uses for Date Paste:
- Add Date Paste to Smoothies.
- Add to Oatmeal in place of Brown Sugar
- Mix with Almond Butter and spread on a piece of gluten free toast.
- Use in place of honey or syrup in muffins, quick-breads, puddings, pie fillings, bars, salad dressings, sauces and dips.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegan | Vegetarian | Paleo
Diet tags: Gluten Free | Grain Free | Dairy Free | Egg Free | Sugar Free
Disclaimer: I received a credit from Natural Delights for a container of Medjool Dates. This was for the purposes of sampling. I was under no obligation to write a review. Opinions expressed here are my own. As always, I care about the quality, taste, value and safety of the products I recommend on Fox in the Kitchen.
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