I found this recipe at detoxinista.com. I didn’t change much, but I didn’t follow the boiling water technique for soaking the dates since my dates were already very soft and I used a Vitamix to blend the ingredients.
Here are the changes I made to the recipe because I didn’t want it as sweet or salty.
- I only used half as many dates
- I used apple cider vinegar
- I used diced tomatoes in place of water
Yet, here is the recipe as I prepared it. As always, feel free to make adjustments – start with a little change such as less garlic powder or salt and add more if desired.
- 3-4 Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup of boiling water (or broth, or diced tomatoes with the juice, or tomato sauce)
- 5 TBS white vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
- 1 tsp fine sea salt (I used only 1/2 tsp)
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp yellow mustard (or 1/2 tsp ground mustard)
- 1/8 tsp allspice
- pinch of ground cloves
- any additional spices such as chili powder or hot sauce – if you like it spicy!
- If your dates are not already soft or if you do not have a high-speed blender, soak dates in boiling water for a few minutes.
- Add all the ingredients to the blender. You can use the soaking water or substitute diced tomatoes with the juice or tomato sauce. You may need to add up to 1/4 cup of additional liquid.
- Blend until smooth. You may have to stop the blender and scrape the sides to get it all mixed.
- Taste the mixture and adjust seasonings. (The original recipe says that the cloves and the acidity of the vinegar will mellow when it chills.)
- Store in an air-tight container in the fridge. It should last at least 2 weeks in the fridge. You can also freeze for up to 6 months. (I freeze tomato products often.)