Bacon-Wrapped Almond-Stuffed Dates


Chewy, salty and sweet, Bacon-Wrapped Almond-Stuffed Dates are the perfect party appetizer!


Last Tuesday afternoon I found myself madly cramming raw almonds into a handful of pitted medjool dates before repeatedly shoveling them into my mouth. What else is new, right?

Oh wait, I forgot to mention it was 3pm and I was approximately 8 hours into a 3 day juice cleanse. I know.


See, I’d just gotten back from Napa where I’d been spoiled rotten with good food & wine for 3 days straight. A fellow blogger on the trip told me about this fabulous, one-week juice cleanse she goes on whenever she’s overindulged, and while I knew 5 days without solid food would never fly, surely I could make it a measly 3 days in order to cleanse my olive oil-drenched soul, right?


Wrong. So wrong! In fact it seemed I most definitely could not make it a measly 3 days, as evidenced by the juice cleanse killer carnage taking place just EIGHT HOURS in.


Just like Joey doesn’t share foodKristin does not do hungry!

Besides a ravenous appetite and huge distaste for liquid celery, one thing I took away from my half-day cleanse was realizing how ridiculously delicious crunchy almonds stuffed inside chewy-sweet dates taste. And not just when you’ve been drinking beet juice all day either.

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A few days later I began to wonder how this delectable combo would taste if it were wrapped in salty bacon then baked until warm & chewy. Bacon-Wrapped Almond-Stuffed Dates were immediately prepped, baked, and popped. These babies are mind melting!


Bacon-Wrapped Almond-Stuffed Dates

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Makes 20 dates

20 pitted medjool dates
40 raw almonds
10 slices center-cut bacon, cut in half


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil then place a cooling rack on top and spray with nonstick spray.
  2. Push 1 almond into each end of each date. Wrap with half a slice of bacon then place seam side down on the cooling wrack. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bacon is crispy.


Chewy, salty, sweet, incredibly rich and decadent, Bacon-Wrapped Almond-Stuffed Dates are perfect for a party, as an appetizer, or when you’re simply starving after trying to convince yourself that you can live on juice for more than a day. You will LOVE them!


Oh, another benefit of my short-lived juice cleanse? Discovering that ginger makes any juice better. Really! I like ginger as much as the next gal, but don’t like things too gingery. A 1/4″ sliver added to a refreshing glass of Apple Carrot juice though? Perfection! (Here’s the juicer I have, btw!)

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  1. Madison 07.31.2012

    Gosh–I applaud you for trying! I just watched a documentary on juicing and fasting and it inspired me to come in the kitchen and eat wasabi peas. haha–is that normal?

  2. These look great- what a fun app they’d make!

    I’ve been LOVING carrot juice with ginger, myself! I just do it in a regular blender, and it saves all the fiber, too!

  3. FitBritt 07.31.2012

    I love these with cheese (ya know, just to really ruin the juice cleanse!). I had them at a tapas restaurant and had to try them at home. The restaurant used Valdeon cheese but any blue cheese would work. I made them for my hubby’s bday a few years ago and he absolutely loved them!

  4. sharon weaver 07.31.2012

    I’m a big date fan, i stuff them with gorganzola cheese and wrap them with bacon or Italian bacon, then drizzle with reduced balsamic vinegar. Delish

  5. Jo Ann 07.31.2012

    I stuff a whole water chestnut in the date and wrap in Trader Joe’s uncured turkey bacon.

  6. I do the exact same thing with almonds and dried apricots….I’ll have to give it a try with the bacon. Yum!

  7. Cathy 07.31.2012

    I realized the foolishness of a grapefruit diet once, when I felt like I was bonking during my lap swim :) Gotta keep fuel in the tank to keep running you know! Those yummy dates with almonds look like a Premium fuel. And the bacon, well that makes it a Super Premium.

  8. katie 07.31.2012

    Share the juice recipes you made :)

  9. Those are really good stuffed with blue cheese too.

  10. My husband had these at a local restaurant and loved them!

  11. feta cheese in these is even more fabulous! yum!

  12. I could make it about 20 minutes into a juice cleanse before giving up…so you did better than me! :-)

  13. LO 07.31.2012

    What cleanse were you doing?

  14. Elisha 07.31.2012

    Oh my. These look like perfection. I will be adding all of these items to my farmers market list this weekend and pinning this to make them for my family who is coming to visit. Well done!

  15. jennyv 07.31.2012

    I recommend the documentary “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” — I actually rented it from the WDM Library! I ended up doing a 5 day juice fast because of it… and ended up loving carrot, apple, ginger juice :)

  16. Katelyn 07.31.2012


  17. Anna Coles 07.31.2012

    I hate dates but these would be awesome with prunes and they are great for moving stuff through if you know what I mean!!

  18. Anna Coles 07.31.2012

    I hate dates but these would be awesome with prunes and prunes are great for keeping things moving!

  19. Birgitta 08.01.2012

    Haha, I’m on my 7th day of juice and I’m doing fine. 7 is what I usually do but this time it’s been real easy so 10 days would not be a problem.

    Were you sipping the juice or downing it? I find that sipping slowly helps keep me full.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 08.01.2012

      I was sipping. I just become really irrational when I’m hungry and have no self control!

  20. Ivana 08.01.2012

    Hi there
    Take your credit card and leave for Italy. No reason not to. Como area is beautiful, don’t forget to visit Tuscany (especially Florence and Siena) and take a million of pics with you home to Iowa. And the other time, you really have to go to see the Cote d’Azur (south France). You will fall in love and another million of pics will go with you to your home. And at the end: Check out the beauty of the island called Sardegna (Italy). You have never ever taken a swim in such cristall clear water before. Let me know, how it is going to fell. And take Ben with you :))) Hi from Switzerland

  21. Lauren 08.01.2012

    pretty sure that would be amazing with goat cheese… mmm

  22. Mollie 08.01.2012

    I love juicing! I haven’t done a cleanse yet. Mainly I do it for breakfast a few days a week. I use the Omega Vert and LOVE it!!

  23. I’ve made these before for a Wine Tasting and they are a hit! Especially with a bold Syrah or Zinfandel (red, of course).

  24. Lol! I’ve considered a juice cleanse but I fear it will end the exact way it did for you. I hate being hungry! Let’s just get healthy the old fashioned way – lots of veggies and lean protein :)

  25. You crack me up!! I think these dates sound way better than a juice fast. Happy Wednesday

  26. Jaime D. 08.01.2012

    Yummy!! You should also try goat cheese stuffed dates wrapped in prosciutto. I make these often for parties and random dinners and everyone always gobbles them up!

  27. Tracy 08.01.2012

    I had to do a double take and ask “Am I on the right blog?!?” A juice cleanse definitely doesn’t seem your style!

    The dates sound delicious!

  28. Alexa 08.01.2012

    Throw some blue cheese or goat cheese in there too for a really delicious taste!

  29. Brandie (another Iowa girl) 08.02.2012

    My husband and I call these hot dates. Also had them in a tapas restaurant in Vancouver, B.C. with reduced balsamic drizzled on top and sprinkled with crumbled blue cheese. This is one of the greatest apps I’ve had ever.

  30. I had something very similar to this at a tapas place in Chicago… I love dates with bacon!!!

  31. Yummm! I have made these before, but with cheese in the middle instead of nuts. SO delicious! No one can get enough!

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  33. Cali Fraser 08.07.2012

    These are to die for with cream cheese to dip them in!!!

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  40. Joseph 12.21.2013

    Kinda funny that you ‘wondered how it would taste’. Like you experimented with a new recipe.
    This is typical, old-fashioned tapas, common in all of Spain. They serve it in any bar or restaurant. None the less, delicious. (but not original)

  41. Yolanda 12.28.2013

    Delicious! Actually it is typical from my hometown, Elche

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  48. Renee Zarate 05.05.2014

    I’ve been making these for years and found them great for parties. You can make them in advance, freeze them and then cook them the day of the party. Delicious!!

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      That is a brilliant idea – I never thought to prepare then freeze them!

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