I just finished my first round of Whole30, and it was quite the learning experience! I started strong, with the intentions of creating new and exciting dishes that were not only Whole30 compliant, but also delicious and easy. Then, BAM! Covid-19 threw a wrench in my plans. I found myself having to switch my daily focus from my blog and food creations to being a full time homeschool mom. I was committed to my Whole30 goals, and decided to do a bare bones version of the plan. Using a few basic Whole30 approved ingredients, I was able to keep myself satisfied and stay compliant!
Now, it is no secret that I LOVE my sauces. I’m a dip-everything-in-sauce type of girl. So, I was determined to make Whole30 compliant sauces to help kick up my recipes. Of course I used my 3 Easy and Delicious Sauces regularly (I probably made 10 batches of my homemade mayo!), but I needed the sweet and tangy flavors of ketchup. I saw tons of recipes for Paleo ketchup online, but I just didn’t love any of them, until I came up with this one! Tangy with a hint of sweetness, this recipe is just the ticket! In fact, I love this recipe so much that I still am using it even after completing Whole30!
First gather your ingredients. Most of these things are pantry staples I always keep on hand, with the exception of the dates. Although my post Whole30 pantry has them available always! *If you prefer your ketchup more sweet than tangy, cut the vinegar in half and add more water. It is so easy to customize!
Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and warm through for about 5 minutes. You don’t need to boil this, just warm it enough to meld the flavors together.
Carefully pour your warm mixture into a blender and blend until thoroughly combined. I tried using a food processor, but the blender gave me a much smoother texture. (Now, I need you to do me a solid and ignore the horrible photo quality here. Just focus on the deliciousness that is happening inside the blender.)
That’s it! You now have deliciously tangy homemade ketchup that is both paleo friendly and Whole30 compliant. Now go dip everything you can in this….trust me!