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Coconut Date Spread

This coconut date spread is naturally sweet and perfect for slathering on your favorite bread or morning toast. You can even add a spoonful to oatmeal for some sweetness.

I have a nut butter problem.

In fact, I’m headed to Trader Joe’s today for my monthly stock up trip.

TJ’s is about 45 minutes away so every trip results in weird stares from the Hawaiian shirted cash register person as I unload 2-5 of pretty much everything in my cart, almond butter included.

Somehow though, even 5 jars of the stuff doesn’t seem to last a month.

From spreading it on paleo english muffins, dropping a big spoonful into oatmeal, random 3pm spoonfuls as snacks or shoving it in a date before CrossFit, the jar is empty in about 5 days flat and that’s only if Ulysses hasn’t decided to make his pb&j lunch an ab&j instead, in which case the life span gets cut to about 4 days.

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So as I’ve sat here nut butter-less for the last 6 days or so, an idea came up as I stared at a pantry full of medjool dates…make a date butter.

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It’s not quite nut butter and it’s not quite jam but this coconut date butter is naturally sweet, packed with potassium and makes the perfect spread for your morning toast or dollop into your hot bowl of oats.

It also does real well in the 3pm “omg I need a snack now and it has to be sweet” kind of emergency that seems to happen every single day of my life.

Usually, the jar of Nutella and I get real close at that time of day but this coconut date spread works a heck of a lot better when it comes to satisfying that craving without making me want to cry in the Target dressing room when I realize these almost 33 year old thighs really have no business with 3pm spoonfuls of Nutella.

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Dates make a great base for energy bites like these chia cherry crunch bites or as part of the dried fruit in my nut-free granola too if you’re looking for more ways to use them.

Even dogs can eat dates too so feel free to share this spread with your pup also. Date spread stuffed Kong instead of pb? Why not?!

Coconut Date Spread

Coconut Date Spread

Yield: about 1 cup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This coconut date spread is naturally sweet and perfect for slathering on your favorite bread or morning toast. You can even add it to oatmeal for a sweet bite.

Ingredients

  • 15 medjool dates, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut cream (from the top of a full fat can of coconut milk)
  • 1/4 cup coconut water (from the bottom of a full fat can of coconut milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed, about 3-5 minutes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 141Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 17gProtein: 1g

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*This post is sponsored by Natural Delights. All content and opinions are my own.

dp

Wednesday 23rd of March 2016

How long can we store it?

Running to the Kitchen

Friday 25th of March 2016

Should keep for a few weeks minimum in the refrigerator.

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Tuesday 7th of April 2015

Sounds like a delicious treat! Absolutely love coconut and dates so I know this would be delish!

Petr (VEGAN CURRYZONE)

Thursday 2nd of April 2015

I am gonna make this. That combination of dates and nuts sounds really promising..

Medeja

Sunday 29th of March 2015

Sounds healthy and delicious!

Patricia @ Grab a Plate

Saturday 28th of March 2015

Oh good Lord this sounds so amazing! Cannot wait to make this (tomorrow). Sometimes (only once in a blue moon) I wish Trader Joe's was farther from my house than it is!

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