Simple Date Spread (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

dates in a bowl next to a jar of date spread

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As a transplant to the West Coast, I had never had a fresh date before. I never liked the hard, withered dry dates in the bulk bin of my local health food store on the East Coast, but fresh, ripe dates just picked from the tree are creamy and sweet, with a crisp skin that tries to slip off as you eat them. This simple spread makes the most of your fresh dates.

dates in a bowl next to a jar of date spread

Simple Date Spread

Quick, easy to make, and delicious, this fresh date spread is a sweet treat to put on bread, ice cream or any other dessert.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Course: Condiment, Dessert
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Paleo, Raw Vegan, Vegan, Vegetarian
Approx. Cost: $5
Servings: 16 Tablespoons
Calories: 26kcal


  • 1 cup fresh dates
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, fresh-squeezed
  • 1 tsp. rose water, (OPTIONAL)


  • Pit the dates, chop them roughly, and pack them firmly into a bowl.
  • Add lemon juice, rosewater (if used), and sufficient pure water to barely cover the dates.
  • Refrigerate overnight, then purée using a blender.
  • Store in a jar in the fridge.
  • Enjoy as a topping for fruit desserts, or as a spread on bread or crackers!


Calories: 26kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 60mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg

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