It might not be the prettiest of all things, but raisin paste is an inexpensive an easy substitute for things like green smoothies.
It is true that dates have many health benefits but so do grapes! They are both quite similar in nutritional benefits and in texture.
If you are going to substitute raw dates for raisins in baking recipes, like in muffins, brownies, and Lara bars, you’ll want to soak the raisins for about 2-3 minutes in hot water. Soaking the raisins for about 3 minutes will reconstitute some of the moisture and give them a similar texture to dates. Then, all you have to do is drain and pat dry with a a paper towel.