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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