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Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe

by Karly

BACON WRAPPED DATES are the best way to unite bacon with fruit! The natural sweetness of the dates go so good together with the saltiness of the bacon.

A close up of bacon wrapped dates on a white plate.

My first experience with dates was as an adult. Someone brought them to work one day to share with her co-workers.

At first I thought they looked kind of funny. Then I started to bite into it and I thought the texture was kind of funny. <—Yes, I was picky.

I pointed both out to my co-worker who told me to try it anyway. So I did, I eased into it a bit, and it was FANTASTIC! She gave me a couple of more for later.

Now here I am a few years later, publishing recipes left and right (the pickiness is mostly gone!), and I needed to bring dates into the picture! So since we focus on easy recipes here, this is the easiest recipe ever using dates!

The taste of bacon wrapped dates is somewhat similar to a honeyed ham. Sweet, salty, rich, chewy, all the good things! So if you like that, you will like this!

overhead view of bacon wrapped dates on a white serving tray

How to make bacon wrapped dates:

raw bacon halves and a bowl of dates on a counter
  • Cut the bacon slices in half.
  • Wrap each date in a half slice of bacon
dates wrapped in raw bacon on a serving platter
  • Place them seam down in your air fryer basket spaced evenly, do not stack them.
  • Cook for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.
cooked bacon wrapped dates in an air fryer basket
  • If you have excess grease drain them on a paper towel and serve as you wish. They are good hot, cold, or even room temp (just be sure to follow food safety guidelines).

Answering your questions:

Are dates keto diet friendly?

Unfortunately not. Dates are pretty high in natural sugars.

Can I make these dates ahead of time?

Yes! You can keep them in a fridge for up to 24 hours. Serve them cold straight from the fridge if you want, or heat them back up as you wish.

What should I serve with these?

We serve these as appetizers with an assortment of other small bites, dips, and snacks.

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bacon wrapped dates on a platter in front of an air fryer basket

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bacon wrapped dates on a white plate
Close up of bacon wrapped dates with toothpicks in them.

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Yield: 20 Dates
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This is a super simple appetizer with only two ingredients, very little prep work, and lots of convenient serving options. You can serve them hot and fresh, refrigerated, or at room temp.

Ingredients

  • 20 dates, pitted
  • 10 slices of bacon

Instructions

  1. Cut the bacon slices in half.
  2. Wrap each date in a half slice of bacon and lay them, seam side down, in a single layer in your air fryer basket.
  3. Place basket in the air fryer and set to 350 degrees. Air fryer for 9-10 minutes or until bacon is as crisp as you’d like.
  4. Remove the dates from the air fryer and drain on a paper towel to remove excess grease. 
  5. Serve hot, cold, or at room temperature.

Notes

These are excellent served with a pungent cheese like blue cheese, goat cheese, gorgonzola, or roquefort.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 47Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 97mgCarbohydrates: 5gNet Carbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g

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2 comments

Gina Cooper December 17, 2020 - 9:12 pm

what makes these even better is putting goat cheese with these…you put it inside the date..we had these when we lived in washington state…holy cow these are flipping good with the goat cheese..;0)

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Karly December 18, 2020 - 11:20 am

Sounds delicious!

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