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How to soften dates for use in recipes

How To Soften Dates For Recipes (NO Equipment)

This is a quick method to revive stale, hard dates so that you can use them in smoothies and other recipes.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword Grain-free, Paleo, Vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Rest Time: 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Calories 128kcal


  • 1 - 1 1/4 pound dates I typically use Medjool
  • 1 cup water


  • Remove seed and 'hat' from all dates.
  • Add water then dates into a saucepan.
  • Bring them to a boil.
  • As soon as it reaches a boil, turn off the burner.
  • Let the dates sit for 10-20 minutes in the pan.
  • Use as desired or keep in a glass container in your fridge for future use.


Nutrition facts are based on 10 servings in a pound of dates, which amounts to around 2-3 dates.
WW Points: 7


Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 1.1g | Fat: 0.2g | Fiber: 3.6g | Sugar: 28.7g