Raisin Paste: An awesome substitute for Dates


  • 1 ½ cups dried raisins
  • water


  1. Place raisins in a glass bowl. Pour boiling water over them, just enough to cover raisins. Wait 10 minutes or so to reconstruct the raisins into plump fruit. Reserve ¼ cup raisin water and drain. Transfer into a food processor.
  2. Turn food processor on and let it go until you have a thick paste. Begin adding water, one tablespoon at a time, until you have a smooth peanut butter like consistency.
  3. Store in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks. You can also freeze raisin paste into cubes and be kept in the freezer for months.
  4. Use 2 teaspoons of raisin paste for every date in most recipes.


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.