Date Butter

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Although dates don’t enjoy the same popularity as other superfoods, they serve up a ton of health benefits. These fruits provide energy, fiber, and an assortment of vitamins and minerals. They’re also a great source of antioxidants. They are an extremely versatile ingredient, so they work with almost any diet regardless of the restrictions it may impose. Dates are gluten-free and paleo-friendly as well as a Whole30 approved food. Plus, while a tablespoon of regular butter has 31 mg cholesterol, a tablespoon of date butter is absolutely cholesterol free!

So, how can you get more of this superfood in your life? This quick and easy recipe for date butter serves as a perfect substitute for both your sweet and salted dairy butters. Add date butter to your favorite desserts, put it on toast, waffles, in oatmeal, coffee, or just about any recipe! Keep this batch in your fridge, and indulge whenever the mood strikes! What more could you ask for from one of nature’s finest ingredients?


Date Butter

Date Butter

Yields: 64 servings | Serving Size: 1 tablespoon | Calories: 39 | Total Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Carbohydrates: 9g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Protein: 0g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2


  • 4 cups pitted dates (no-sugar added)
  • 1 1/2 cups water


  1. Add dates to a medium stainless steel bowl. Bring water to a boil, pour over dates then tightly cover with foil or a lid. Allow to set covered at room temperature for 4 hours.
  2. Add softened dates and water to a food processor and pulse until smooth and a butter like consistency. It may take a few minutes of pulsing until the butter consistency is achieved. It should look similar to Apple Butter.
  3. Store in a glass container (mason jar works well) and refrigerate.

Try this recipe with a loaf of our Clean Eating Zucchini Bread and let us know what you think in the comments below!

9 Comments on "Date Butter"

  1. K  April 26, 2017

    Is it possible to speed the softening by using the microwave?

    • Emilia Horn  April 26, 2017

      Yes, but you don’t want to leave them in there so long that they start cooking–just long enough to soften them

  2. momofsix  October 6, 2017

    I tried this today. The flavor is very good, and I’m looking forward to using it. I would like to suggest that you make sure the dates don’t have any occasional pits though! Mine were pitted, but apparently one escaped detection in processing.

  3. Wendy  August 27, 2018

    What would you use this on ?

  4. Ann  January 20, 2019

    How long do you think they’ll last when refrigerated or not refrigerated?

    • Gale Compton  January 23, 2019

      Ann, I would definitely refrigerate the date butter. It typically lasts up to two weeks in the fridge.

  5. Jz  February 19, 2019

    What would you suggest for the replacement of butter to date butter in a recipe for chocolate chip cookies? Equal parts?

    • Gale Compton  February 20, 2019

      Jz,You can purchase several butter substitutes that will work, for example, Earth Balance, I Can’t Believe it’s not Butter (Vegan), Miyoko’s Creamery. etc..
      Date butter is sweet and can be used as a sweetener replacement. Hope this helps! 🙂


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