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Simple Date Spread (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

dates in a bowl next to a jar of date puree
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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 puree

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.
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CourseCondiment, Dessert
CuisineMediterranean, Middle Eastern, Paleo, Raw Vegan, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Servings16 Tablespoons


  • 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: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

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Dawn Gifford

Dawn Gifford

Dawn is the creator of Small Footprint Family, and the author of the critically acclaimed Sustainability Starts at Home - How to Save Money While Saving the Planet. After a 20-year career in green building and environmental sustainability, chronic illness forced her to shift her expertise and passion from the public sphere to home and hearth. Get the whole story behind SFF here.

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