Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bacon and dates together make a surprisingly delicious pairing. Baking the dates softens them and brings out their wonderful sweetness, making them a scrumptious contrast to crispy and savory bacon. Feel free to use pecans instead of the almonds in this Bacon Wrapped Dates recipe. These tasty little Paleo morsels are perfect as mid-day snacks or appetizers for a party (warning – they’ll disappear quick!). If you like this Bacon Wrapped Dates recipe, try our Maple Bacon Wrapped Peaches recipe or our Coconut and Hazelnut Stuffed Dates recipe next time. For even more delicious and FREE Paleo recipes, visit our PaleoPlan Recipe Center.

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Bacon Wrapped Dates

Servings 4

Total Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition Information

calories 202

carbohydrate 25g

protein 7g

fat 9g

Ingredients

  • 8 slice(s) bacon cut in half
  • 16 medium date(s) Medjool
  • 16 medium almonds, whole
  • 1 package(s) toothpicks (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F
  2. Open up dates gently with a knife.
  3. Stuff each date with an almond, and wrap with half of a bacon slice. Secure with a toothpick if necessary.
  4. Place on a shallow baking sheet and bake, bacon seam down, for about 7 minutes.
  5. Flip and bake for another 7 minutes or until bacon is crispy.
  6. Serve warm or cold, and store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Photo courtesy: Neely Quinn

Comments

  1. These are really good. I ended up popping them back into the oven to finish baking, because I like my bacon more chewy and less raw. But these are sooooo good!

  2. Meats don’t all have to be super lean. One of the tenets of Paleo is that certain fats are good in moderation, i.e. grass-fed butter, avocado, and yes, bacon.

  3. Most of what I’ve read has suggested that uncured (no nitrate/nitrite added) bacon is ok, in moderation. Yummo!

  4. Life is relative; pastured nitrate free bacon is better than feed lot nitrate filled bacon. Get it cured with maple syrup instead of sugar; kudos. Bacon cured without any sugar; good for you. I find life less neurotic when I keep things realistic.

  5. This is a lie! There is NO WAY that 4 of these is a serving! ;)

    and seriously, “store leftovers in refrigerator”…hahaha!! THAT’S a good one.

  6. Best snack ever! SO glad I looked up this recipe to read the comments – I had the recipe from the 21 day cleanse book and it does not include almonds (I prefer them without anyway) and a serving is 2 – I have leftovers in my fridge for a snack for tomorrow and guess what? I have 4 left woohoo!!!

    @max lmao!

  7. Has anyone tried toasting the almonds before putting them in the dates? Toasted almonds are delish.
    You can also roll the dates in toasted coconut!

  8. These sound awesome! I can’t wait to try them! I’m new to the Paleo Diet so I was wondering if this is primarily a plan for adults or can I include my children in this lifestyle change? It sounds like it would be good for them as well, but I want to be sure before I incorporate this with them. I’m really excited about this plan and the pre-planned meals and shopping list are exactly what I need! Thank you!

  9. I made these with turkey bacon (form Trader Joe’s – it’s the best!) and stuffed it with spicy pecans, since I run out of almonds. Yummy-licious. Agreed with Max… Leftovers? What’s that??? :))

  10. Holy cow, these things are amazing. Just watch out for the hot gooey date fresh out of the oven. I put two almonds in the date instead of one.

  11. made these as an appetizer tonight…a little time consuming…but WELL WORTH IT!! you could almost serve these as a strange, but delicious, dessert…the dates get SUPER sweet when you cook them!

  12. How many of these little suckers would it take to actually make a meal??? For me, it would take more than two, that’s for certain… and don’t even get me started on the cost. Whoa! Not practical on any level. They DO sound delicious, though :-)

    1. Geri, these Bacon Wrapped Dates are designed for snacking. You need to add some other foods including vegetables and more protein to make them into a full meal.

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