Simply soak any dried fruit in water until it softens, then blend the softened fruit in a high-speed blender such as a Vitamix with enough of the liquid from soaking to make a smooth paste. You can change the flavor of the paste by changing the fruit.
The beauty of using fruit pastes is that they are very sweet, yet their glycemic indices are significantly lower than sugar, meaning that they don't cause your blood sugar to shoot up the way that sugar does.
I used currants to make the fruit paste shown in the center of this photo. I then used the currant paste in the parfait as well as to sweeten the vanilla cashew cream in the lower left.
The end result? An amazingly sweet and healthy treat with no added sugar! And I'm not embarrassed to admit that I ate two of these today!