This is less of a recipe and more of a concept, but believe me, once you make this date spread once, you’ll want to put it on your toast every morning. Or at least most mornings. Or any morning where you need something both sweet but also salty, and also supremely comforting. Date Ginger Butter is here for you.
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What is Date Ginger Butter?
Now to answer the most obvious question – this butter is just a mix of warmed dates, fresh ginger and salted butter. Not super revolutionary, but everything balances PERFECTLY. Plus, it’s super easy to make. You can make this either in the microwave or on the stovetop, and it takes about two minutes either way. Less, if you’re quick!
Of course, I recommend using this for toast, but it is also great to put on anything that likes a spread. Think: biscuits, crumpets, english muffins, you name it! Date Ginger Butter would be happy to be on it. And along the lines of my Molten Date and Olive Oil Oats, it would work great on oatmeal, too.
What you need for this spread
This butter is beyond simple. For every two dates, you’ll need about half a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger and one tablespoon of salted butter.
Toasted sesame seeds and flaky salt are optional for topping – but WOW are they good.
To make this butter vegan, simply use vegan butter (duh!). And if you’re not a fan of ginger, you can opt for another aromatic ingredient like cinnamon or nutmeg. Although this won’t give it the same punch, you’ll still get a hint of spice in the date butter that will make its sweetness even more interesting.
How to serve this Date Ginger Butter
You shouldn’t eat this butter right after mixing, if the butter is a little too melted, spreading it will be difficult. I like to let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes (usually while I’m toasting whatever bread I want to serve it on!) or I pop it in the fridge for a minute or two. This helps firm the butter up and make the date ginger butter more like a spread, and less like mashed dates and melted butter. Trust, me the extra few minutes are worth it before you spread it on your toast!
Looking for other ways to use your dates?
Here are a few things I love from the blog!
And that’s it for this Date Ginger Butter!
And of course feel free to leave any questions, comments or reviews! This is the best place to reach me, and I’d love to hear from you <3
Date Ginger Butter
- 1 small dish or sauce pot
- 2 large medjool dates
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon salted butter
- Cinnamon, flaky salt and toasted sesame seeds optional, for topping
- Remove the pits from the dates and tear them into a small dish. Grate in the ginger.
- Head the torn dates and ginger in the microwave for 3-45 seconds or until they are soft and pliable. You can also do this in a sauce pot over medium heat, just add a tablespoon of water to help the dates soften.
- Add the butter to the bowl of warmed dates and mash everything into a paste. It should look whipped. If the butter melts too much and separates from the dates, place the bowl in the fridge to firm up a bit before mashing everything together again.
- Spread this on your toast or base of choice. Sprinkle with cinnamon, sesame seeds and flaky salt. Serve immediately!
- This recipe can scale up or down as you need, just make sure the ratios stay the same.