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.


Kale and Artichoke Guacamole


Kale and Artichoke Guacamole

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


Chewy, salty and sweet, Bacon-Wrapped Almond-Stuffed Dates are the perfect, 3-ingredient party appetizer!


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 opening 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.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,


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!)