Date Butter

Date butter is not something a lot of folks have probably made before. Turns out that it is super easy and has a surprisingly pleasant taste. It’s plenty sweet, but much more mellow than white sugar because there’s still so much of the date left in there. I assume that means a lot of the dates’ nutritional goodness has stuck around as well, which is a bonus.

You will need:

6 ounces pitted dried dates (about 15-16 medium dates)
2/3 cup boiling water

Place the dates in a small saucepan. Pour boiling water over them, cover, and allow to sit for one hour.


After an hour, they look about the same. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-low heat. Allow to simmer for 5 – 7 minutes or until it starts to turn to mush.



Remove from heat and allow to cool. Put mixture through a strainer placed over a bowl using the back of a spoon or rubber spatula to push it through.



Discard the dry bits that will not pass through the strainer. Store the date butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I think this date butter would work wonderfully in place of the apple butter in my granola bars. I’ve also enjoyed some Almond and Date Butter Sandwiches as of late.



Yield: 3/4 cup
Active prep-time: 10 minutes
Inactive prep-time: 1 hour


Author: Cindy

Born in Charleston. Raised in the Silicon Valley. Live near Hartford, Connecticut with my husband and two children. We have lots of tropical fish.

15 thoughts on “Date Butter”

  1. I love love love this! I’ve been having a love affair with dates for…well, forever. My mom and grandmother always made the most delicious date bars. Now I make them for my family. It’s only been in the past couple of years that I’ve been finding how versatile they are!

    I’m definitely making this. Can’t wait, in fact!

    1. Just the 2/3 cup. If you’re using a 9 ounce container of dates I’d bump it up to 3/4 cup. It’s basically just enough water to partially cover and soak the dates.

  2. Hey Cindy, that’s a lovely lovely recipe. We love dates here and have the most wonderful memories of the fresh ones we had in Israel. I will try it soon and also send you one I do for my family that includes some crunchy factors: like cashews nuts on the top. Thanks for that!

  3. When I was younger my mom and I used to have girls day out and go to a restaurant that served breakfast all day. We always ordered the same thing. The most amazing tasting date nut pancakes. They were served with a scoop of date butter on top and garnished with a few whole pitted dates and walnuts. Plenty sweet without syrup. This recipe would work perfectly. I am going to try it and surprise Mom. Thanks.

  4. What a great idea! I was looking for something to put on baked yams, and thought I would have to use actual butter. This is a great alternative. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for posting! And, I LOVE your tagline. I’ll be back!

  5. I don’t bother cooking the dates on the stove. I let them soak for a bit in hot water and then blitz them in the food processor along with some water and cinnamon.

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