Slow Cooker Date Paste & Balsamic Pulled Chicken

Recipe for Slow Cooker Barbeque Pulled Chicken made with DateME Boutique ready to use date paste

Slow Cooker Date Paste & Balsamic Pulled Chicken

Try this recipe for slow cooker pulled chicken for your next get together. We use date paste and balsamic vinegar for a sweet and tangy variation on the usual barbecue sauce.

Recipe for Slow Cooker Barbeque Pulled Chicken made with DateME Boutique ready to use date paste

Ingredients

  • 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, thawed
  • ½ cup DateME Date Paste
  • 1 ½ cups balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • Pinch of ground black pepper

Directions

  1. In a medium sauce pan, combine all ingredients except for the chicken and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Reduce the heat and continue to simmer for 20 minutes, whisking occasionally, until thick.
  3. Place the chicken in the slow cooker and pour the sauce over it. (We recommend saving some sauce to serve with the cooked chicken.)
  4. Cook chicken on low heat for 4-6 hours.
  5. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker, place on a board and shred with two forks.
  6. Serve on rolls with the remaining sauce on the side.

Recipe is adapted from The Recipe Rebel.

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Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Bacon & Date Jam

Recipe for Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Bacon and Date Jam made with DateME ready to use date paste

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Bacon & Date Jam

For a gourmet twist on the humble grilled cheese sandwich, add some bacon date jam! Made from scratch with date paste instead of whole dates, you’ll find that it’s worth the extra effort.

Recipe for Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Bacon and Date Jam made with DateME ready to use date paste

Ingredients

For the Jam:

  • 12 oz. bacon, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tsp. butter
  • 2 large sweet onions, diced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup DateME Date Paste
  • ¼ cup sherry vinegar
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, divided
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Drizzle of olive oil

For the Sandwich:

  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • Thick slices of French bread (or bread of choice)
  • Room temperature butter

Directions

Yield: About six sandwiches

  1. In a large heavy-bottomed pot (such as a Dutch oven), add chopped bacon and cook over medium heat until rendered and the fat is foaming, about 7-10 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon. Reserve about 2 tsp. of the fat in the pot.
  2. Once the bacon is cooled, place on a cutting board and finely chop.
  3. Return the pot with the reserved fat to medium heat and add the butter, onions and salt. Sauté until soft and translucent, about 7-10 minutes.
  4. Stir date paste, sherry vinegar, 1 tsp. thyme leaves, black pepper and cayenne pepper into the onion mixture. Break the date paste up with a wooden spoon to help the melting process. Once ingredients are well incorporated, add the bacon.
  5. Stir the water into the mixture and cook until jam is a brick/brown color and has a jam consistency, about 10-15 minutes.
  6. Remove jam from the heat and add the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and remaining thyme leaves. Stir until shiny.
  7. Preheat a flat griddle or skillet on medium heat.
  8. To make the sandwich, take two slices of the bread and spread butter on one side of each slice.
  9. Place one slice of bread, buttered side down, on the griddle. Place a heaping amount of cheddar cheese on the top of the bread slice.
  10. Spread a good amount of the bacon date jam to the non-buttered side of the other slice of bread. Place this slice jam-side down on top of the cheese and bread already on the griddle.
  11. Grill sandwich on both sides until it is golden brown and the cheese is melted. Remove from the griddle.
  12. Repeat with the other slices of bread. Slice and enjoy!

Jam should easily make six sandwiches, depending on the amount used for each sandwich.

Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com

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Bacon & Date Turnovers

Snack Recipe for Bacon Date and Cheese Turnovers made with DateME Boutique ready to use date paste

Bacon & Date Turnovers

When people hear the word “bacon”, dates are not the first thing that might come to mind.  Having said that, this brilliant recipe for bacon and date turnovers might change the word association game for good! We want to express our gratitude to April, our innovative client who came up with this delightful combination. Thank you April!

Snack Recipe for Bacon Date and Cheese Turnovers made with DateME Boutique ready to use date paste

Ingredients

  • 1 roll puff pastry dough (ready to use)
  • ¼ cup cream cheese (or cheese of your choice, such as feta)
  • diced bacon strips (previously made and cooled)
  • ½ cup DateME Date Paste

Directions

Yield:  About 12 turnovers

  1. Preheat oven according to instructions on the package of puff pastry.
  2. Roll out the puff pastry dough on a lightly floured surface. Slightly thin it out using a rolling pin.
  3. Cut out round pieces of dough for the turnovers using a cup or a circular cookie cutter.
  4. Fill each circle with a teaspoon each of bacon, date paste and cheese.
  5. Fold over each filled circle and crimp the edges with a fork.
  6. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet, and place the turnovers on the sheet.
  7. Bake as directed on the box of the puff pastry, usually about 10-15 minutes.

Variations to try:  Roasted and salted nuts instead of the bacon, any kind of soft cheese like brie or feta, or caramelized onions with dates and feta.

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Date Paste Sweetened Ketchup

DateME Boutique date paste sweetened ketchup recipe

Date Paste Sweetened Ketchup

Instead of using sugar, our unique ketchup recipe uses date paste for sweetening. Add cayenne pepper if you prefer a spicier version.

DateME Boutique date paste sweetened ketchup recipe

Ingredients

  • ½ cup DateME Date Paste
  • 1 – 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 – 14 oz. can diced tomatoes (fire roasted for extra flavor)
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp. grated or minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cayenne powder (less if not a fan of heat)

Directions

Yield: 3 cups

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan. Cook on medium-low heat for 20-30 minutes, until the date paste is melted and the ingredients blend together.
  2. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  3. Add the mixture to a blender or Vitamix and blend until smooth. (Beware, the mixture is hot! Place a towel over the top and hold so top doesn’t pop off).
  4. Allow to cool. Store in mason jars or something similar in the refrigerator. Good for up to three weeks.

Recipe is adapted for use by Whole30 dieters.

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Date Spread Trio

Recipe for Date Spread Trio made with DateME ready to use Date Paste

Date Spread Trio

This trio of date spreads made with ready to use DateME Date Paste pair well with crackers, bread and all types of fruit. All are gluten free, while the hazelnut and cranberry spreads are also vegan and dairy free. They are good for an afternoon snack or for breakfast, but they can also be used as an elegant dessert when presented with an assortment of cheese, fruit and sweet breads.

Date Spread Trio on Fruit made with DateME ready to use Date Paste

Ingredients

Vegan Hazelnut Spread:

  • ½ cup hazelnuts
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1½ Tbsp. coconut milk
  • ¼ cup DateME Date Paste
  • ⅕ Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 20g dark chocolate

Apple Walnut Spread:

  • 1 cup apple, peeled and chopped
  • ½ Tbsp. butter
  • ½ tsp. lemon juice
  • 1½ Tbsp. water
  • ⅓ cup DateME Date Paste
  • ½ tsp. apple/pumpkin pie spice

Cranberry Orange Spread:

  • ½ cup frozen cranberries
  • juice from ½ orange
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • ⅓ cup DateME Date Paste
  • ⅓ cup dried sour cherries

Directions

Vegan Hazelnut Spread:

  1. Toast hazelnuts at 325°F for about 15 minutes. Allow to slightly cool and roll in your hands so the peels come off.
  2. Melt the chocolate in a microwave with the coconut oil.
  3. Blend the hazelnuts in a high speed blender with the coconut oil mixture and coconut milk until smooth.
  4. Add the date paste and cocoa powder and blend until smooth.

Apple Walnut Spread:

  1. Add the chopped apple and butter to a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir and allow the apples to soften, and add the water, lemon juice, and spices.
  2. Cover with a lid and allow to cook until the apples are very soft.
  3. While the apples are cooking, blend the walnuts in a high speed blender.
  4. Add the walnuts and date paste to the saucepan and allow to simmer until everything is soft. Mix to combine.

Cranberry Orange Spread:

  1. Add the cranberries to a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat until the cranberries soften and start to blister.
  2. Add in the orange juice, zest, and sour cherries. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until the cranberries can easily be crushed with the back of a fork.
  3. Add in the date paste and mix together. Add a little more orange juice or some water if the mixture gets too thick.

Transfer spreads to small jars or containers and store in the fridge. Excellent on rice cakes, crackers, apples, and more!

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Nutty Date Paste Trail Mix

Snack Recipe for Nutty Date Coconut Trail Mix made with DateME Boutique date paste organic and ready-to-use

Nutty Date Paste Trail Mix

This trail mix is chock full of an assortment of nuts coated with date paste and almond butter. The final addition of dried fruit and coconut completes the flavor profile.

Snack Recipe for Nutty Date Coconut Trail Mix made with DateME Boutique date paste organic and ready-to-use

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup almonds
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup hazelnuts
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (or dried fruit of choice)
  • 1 cup coconut flakes, sweetened or unsweetened
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup DateME Date Paste
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

Yield: 8 cups

  1. Preheat oven to 275°F.
  2. Combine almond butter, coconut oil, Date Paste and vanilla in a small sauce pan. Melt the ingredients over low heat. Once melted, whisk well until blended and somewhat smooth.
  3. If the nuts are whole, place approximately half of them in a Ziploc bag and smash into smaller pieces. (Exclude the sunflower seeds which are already small.) The grocery store also sells these nuts already chopped.
  4. Place all the nuts in a mixing bowl. Add the warm Date Paste mixture to the nuts and mix well, ensuring everything is covered. Spread the mix over a parchment lined sheet tray. Bake for 45 minutes, tossing 2-3 times during the baking process.
  5. Allow to cool completely. Add dried fruit and coconut flakes, if using. Store in an air tight container or Mason jar. Good for up to 2 weeks in a cool, dry location.

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Chocolate Coconut Date Ice Cream

Paleo and Vegan Chocolate Coconut Date Ice Cream Recipe made with DateME ready to use Date Paste showing the container

Chocolate Coconut Date Ice Cream

Ice cream season is almost upon us, and what could taste better than homemade ice cream that combines the fresh flavor of DateME date paste with chocolate and coconut? This recipe does not use any added sugar and is dairy free, gluten free, Paleo and vegan. Your kids will just know that it’s delicious!

paleo and vegan Recipe for Chocolate Coconut Date dairy free Ice Cream made with DateME Boutique all natural date paste

Ingredients

  • 2¼ cup full-fat coconut milk (highly recommend Aroy-D brand)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp. DateME Date Paste
  • pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Pour the coconut milk into a large jar along with the cocoa powder, DateME date paste, vanilla extract, and salt.
  2. Using an immersion blender, blend all of the ingredients together for about 15 seconds or until the liquid becomes a thick mousse.
  3. Pour the ice cream mixture into a pyrex or freezer-friendly dish and cover. Place in the freezer for 2 hours.
  4. Remove ice cream from freezer and give it a stir.
  5. Place the ice cream back in the freezer for an additional 1-2 hours and then carefully scoop out and serve immediately.

If you end up freezing the ice cream for longer, allow it to sit out to soften so it will be easily scoopable. Alternatively, you can mix the frozen ice cream in a high-speed blender and re-freeze the mixture for 30-60 minutes before serving. Top with sprinkles, whipped cream, or your favorite ice cream topping!

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Banana Caramel Date Bread Pudding

Dessert Recipe for Banana Caramel Date Bread Pudding made with DateME Boutique ready to use date paste

Banana Caramel Date Bread Pudding

For bread pudding with added nutrition, use Ezekiel brand bread, which is made from sprouted whole grains. DateME date paste and bananas supply the sweetness, eliminating the need for additional sugar.

Dessert Recipe for Banana Caramel Date Bread Pudding made with DateME Boutique ready to use date paste

Ingredients

  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • ½ cup DateME Date Paste
  • ¾ cup nut milk or low fat coconut milk
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (or dried fruit of choice)
  • 8 slices cinnamon raisin bread, cubed (Such as Ezekiel, found in freezer section)
  • ½ cup FULL fat coconut milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Place bread cubes in a mixing bowl.
  3. Blend bananas, Date Paste, nut milk, and cinnamon until smooth. Pour over the bread and mix well until all the bread in covered
  4. Divide the bread mixture into ramekins. Pour 2 Tbsp. of coconut milk over the top of each.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes until the bread looks golden and caramelized. Serve immediately while still warm.

Recipe adapted from The Full Helping.

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Chocolate Date Brownie Energy Bites

Snack Recipe for Chocolate Date Brownie Energy Bites made with DateME Boutique all natural date paste

Chocolate Date Brownie Energy Bites

There are hundreds of recipes for energy bites out there. What do they all have in common? Well, dates are the main ingredient! This is mainly due to the numerous nutritional benefits of dates, but also because they are a good binder for dry ingredients.

The best thing about making your own energy bites as opposed to buying them is that you know exactly what’s in them. This is particularly important for those on restricted diets. Here’s a quick and easy way to make an energy bite that you probably will make several times over. As shown, we dipped ours in white chocolate and decorated them with star shaped sprinkles. We like to have some glamour even when we eat healthy!

Snack Recipe for Chocolate Date Brownie Energy Bites made with DateME Boutique all natural date paste

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1-1/4 cups DateME Date Paste
  • 3-1/2 Tbsp cocoa Powder
  • 4 Tbsp shredded coconut
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

Yield:  16-24 bites

  1. Combine all ingredients in the order listed, in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Process until mixture resembles coarse gravel.
  3. Stop the processor and check the mixture inside. If it sticks together when you smush it, and everything looks incorporated, you’re done.
  4. Roll mixture into tablespoon-size balls.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Good for a week or so, if they last that long.

Recipe adapted from Our Paleo Life.

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Date Cinnamon Rolls

Vegan Date Cinnamon Roll Recipe made with DateME organic date paste

Date Cinnamon Rolls

Here is a good recipe if you have always wanted to try making your own cinnamon rolls. It is gluten free, and if using palm shortening instead of ghee, is also vegan and dairy free. The icing includes coconut milk, which complements the date paste and cinnamon in the filling quite nicely. It takes a little longer to make than most of our recipes, but it is worth the extra labor.

Vegan Recipe for Date Paste Cinnamon Rolls made with DateME date paste organic and ready-to-use

Ingredients

For the Dough:

  • ¾ cup oat flour
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • ½ cup tapioca starch
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut sugar
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • ½ Tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ Tbsp. coconut flour
  • 3 Tbsp. palm shortening, melted
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ½ Tbsp. lemon juice

 For the Filling:

  • ¾ cup DateME Date Paste
  • 1 Tbsp. ghee or palm shortening
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2½ Tbsp. walnuts, crushed

For the Icing:

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1½ Tbsp. coconut milk
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract

 

Directions

Yield:  8-10 Rolls

  1. Mix together all dry ingredients for the dough. If you don’t have oat flour, you can make your own by blending rolled oats in a high-speed blender.
  2. Add the lemon juice to one cup of coconut milk and set aside for a few minutes. Pour the melted palm shortening in with the coconut milk and whisk together.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Once everything is well mixed, form into a ball and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. While the dough is chilling, warm the ghee or palm shortening in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Add the DateME date paste, cinnamon, and vanilla and stir occasionally until softened.  Remove from the heat and stir in the crushed walnuts. Allow to cool for a few minutes while you roll out the dough.
  5. Preheat oven to 400°F. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll out between two pieces of parchment paper until the dough is slightly larger than a piece of printer paper.
  6. Cut the dough so it is a rectangular shape. Spoon the date paste filling in the middle of the dough and spread it evenly until about ½” of dough remains uncovered on the outsides of the dough. Carefully roll the dough up horizontally and cut into 8-10 slices.
  7. Place the slices on a parchment covered sheet pan and bake for about 20 minutes or until the rolls slightly puff and start to turn golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 30-60 minutes.
  8. Mix together the icing ingredients with a whisk to prevent lumps. Drizzle the icing on top of the rolls and enjoy!

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