Date Butter Spread

4.80 from 5 votes

A new way to incorporate one of nature's finest ingredients into all your meals.

A two-ingredient date butter with a whole lot of flavor!

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 of cholesterol, a tablespoon of date butter spread is absolutely cholesterol-free!

So, how can you get more of this superfood in your life? This quick and easy recipe for date butter spread 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?

4.80 from 5 votes

Date Butter Spread

Enjoy the tasty benefits of this amazing superfood every day with this Date Butter Spread recipe!
Yield 64 servings
Serving Size 1 tablespoon
Course Condiment
Cuisine American


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


  • 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 sit covered at room temperature for 4 hours.
  • Add softened dates and water to a food processor and pulse until a smooth, butter-like consistency. It may take a few minutes of pulsing until the butter consistency is achieved. It should look similar to apple butter.
  • Store in a glass container (a mason jar works well) and refrigerate.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2
Keywords Budget-Friendly, dairy-free, Gluten-Free, Keto, Low-Carb, Vegan

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Gale Compton

Gale co-founded SkinnyMs. with a goal to provide women with delicious recipes, fitness routines, and ways to reach their ideal weight. Gale has been featured on the Today Show in which she won a cook off for the best Lasagna. Be sure to search for her winning recipe, Skinny Lasagna Rolls.

Guided by her firm belief in healthy eating and the power of exercise, Gale has written two cookbooks and several fitness ebooks. She earned her Fitness Training Certification from, National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association. Gale loves to run with her dog Maggie and has completed numerous half-marathons.

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

  1. 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.

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

    1. 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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