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Spicy Lemon Date Spread

From joythebaker.com

  • 2 1/2 C. pitted, chopped dates
  • 1/2 C. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 C. water
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger (ginger gets peeled)
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • scant 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • warm naan or pita bread
  • extra virgin olive oil for serving (optional)


Place a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped dates, lemon juice, water, zest, ginger, and spices to the pan. Simmer until almost all of the water is evaporated. The dates will begin to break down, and the simmering mixture will resemble a very thick stew., about 30 minutes.

Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.

Place mixture in the bowl of a food processor fit with a blade attachment. Puree mixture until smooth. That’s it! Serve it up.

Spread is delicious warm and at room temperature. Spread will last, covered in the fridge, for up to 5 days.

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