It’s hard to stick to a diet that excludes sugar if you have a sweet tooth! The good news is that dates can be used to add a touch of flavor and sweetness to your dishes.
No worries, because with Whole30, you can enjoy delicious dates. Dates go way beyond a sweet snack; they’re extremely healthy for you and can be incorporated into many recipes.
We’ve rounded up 15 Whole30-friendly recipes with dates just for you! Scrumptious and simple to make – check these out!
Note: Several recipes in the list are SWYPO – anything imitating a dessert or baked good is off the table for your first 30 days. Still, you are still allowed to incorporate dates into savory meals. And if you’re past your first 30 days and are extending Whole30, dessert dishes are allowable!
1) Date Paste
Jays Baking Me Crazy has created a sure-fire recipe for Date Paste and you’ll only need 2 ingredients! Just combine hot water with dates, and you’ll get a rich and decadent paste. Great as a topping or just enjoy a spoonful!
2) 4-Ingredient Homemade Protein Bars
Just because you’re on the Whole30 diet doesn’t mean you can’t have protein bars. Fit Mitten Kitchen has prepared a fabulous formula for these 4-Ingredient Homemade Protein Bars. Almonds, cashews, pure egg white protein, and Medjool dates – that’s all you’ll need to create extremely efficient energy bars!
3) No Bake Coconut Date Energy Bites
With no baking involved, this beautiful coconut bites recipe from Sweet Phi is a must try! No Bake Coconut Date Energy Bites is simply made with cashews, Medjool dates, coconut, and coconut oil. Roll these little wonders the next time you get a sweet craving!
4) Bacon Wrapped Dates
Desperate for sugary and savory flavors? Tastes Lovely’s got you covered with Bacon Wrapped Dates! This dish needs only 2 ingredients: bacon and dates. Sweet and succulent, this mouthwatering appetizer is to die for!
5) Paleo and Whole30 Apple Cinnamon Stuffed Dates
This recipe for Paleo and Whole30 Apple Cinnamon Stuffed Dates comes from Farmstead Chic. You’ll need apple, ghee, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, dates, and bacon. Make your own stuffed dates with this easy-to-follow recipe!
6) Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Cashew Cheese
Don’t be fooled by the name-this recipe is dairy-free. Have a go at this Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Cashew Cheese recipe from Calm Eats. It requires dates, bacon, cashews, nutritional yeast, and Dijon mustard. Don’t miss out on this creamy and cheesy goodness!
7) Sweet Potato Salad
Paleo Running Momma is the master in dishing out Whole30 recipes. This Sweet Potato Salad calls for several ingredients including Medjool dates, balsamic vinegar, sweet potatoes, bacon fat, and walnuts. Packed with flavors and nutrients, this salad makes a beautiful presentation too!
8) Asian Chicken Chopped Salad
Try this Asian Chicken Chopped Salad! Tasty Thin uses red cabbage, chicken breast, almonds, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, and dates. What a great way to start a meal with a vibrant and colorful salad!
9) Moroccan Roasted Acorn Squash Soup
Step up your soup game with the exotic flavors from this Moroccan Roasted Acorn Squash Soup recipe! Acorn squash, onion, coconut oil, vegetable broth, dates, and pepitas are the basis of this dish. Indulge in this satisfying, spicy soup!
10) Paleo Mongolian Beef
This Paleo Mongolian Beef is absolutely mind-blowing! A Saucy Kitchen combines the ingredients flank steak, tapioca flour, Medjool dates, coconut oil, coconut aminos, coconut oil, and sesame seeds to create this mouthwatering meal!
11) Whole30 Paleo Meatloaf
Traditional meatloaf is not Whole30 compliant, but this Whole30 Paleo Meatloaf from Paleo Running Momma is a perfectly fine addition to your Whole30 dinner table! Medjool dates, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, ground beef, almond flour, Whole30 ketchup, ghee, and mustard make up this wonderful recipe.
12) Walnut Crusted Turkey Cutlets with “Honey” Mustard
Paleo Running Momma does it again with another simple yet rustic dish! This Walnut Crusted Turkey Cutlets with “Honey” Mustard primarily uses Medjool dates, brown mustard, turkey, walnuts, unsweetened shredded coconut, and smoked paprika. Add more paprika for that extra spicy kick!
13) Roasted Chicken with a Medjool Date, Carrot and Apple Medley
Chicken, baby carrots, dates, apples, pomegranate, and olive oil are the basis for this Roasted Chicken with a Medjool Date, Carrot and Apple Medley. Don’t miss out on this awesome recipe from Whole Kitchen Sink!
14) 20 Minute Whole30 Orange Chicken
Need a quick fix for an enticing lunch? Try this recipe for 20 Minute Whole30 Orange Chicken from Physical Kitchness! Combine chicken breasts, olive oil, red pepper, navel orange, Medjool dates, coconut aminos, and rice vinegar to create this masterpiece!
15) Caramelized Fennel & Date Chicken Sausage
This recipe for Caramelized Fennel & Date Chicken Sausage from Little Bits Of will amaze your palate. You’ll only need 5 ingredients: avocado oil, fresh fennel, dates, ground chicken, and dried sage to make this sausage. Satisfy your guests with this sweet and savory dish!
That’s it for our list of 15 Whole30 date recipes. Did we miss any of your favorites? Share your top date dishes in the comments below!