Makes 2 cups
- Plastic container with lid, big enough to hold dates
- Blender or food processor (we used a blender)
- Rubber spatula
- Knife, cutting board (if you have to remove the date pits yourself)
- Measuring cup, measuring spoons
- 2 cups pitted Medjool dates (or other fresh dates – we used Bam dates from the Mid-East Food Centre on Agricola at North)
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tbs. coconut oil
- ½ tsp. sea salt (or more to taste)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- soaking water as needed
1. Soak dates for at least 2 hours in water.
2. Drain dates, reserving the soaking water.
3. Add dates to a food processor or blender along with all other ingredients, except for soaking water. Add 3 Tbs soaking water and blend on high until dates are smooth. Add more soaking water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the desired consistency is reached. A thicker consistency is great for dipping apple slices; add more water to make a thinner sauce for pouring on ice cream or other desserts.
4. Store in an airtight glass container in the fridge for up to a week.