One of my favorite ways to discover fresh recipe inspiration (and prevent burnout when it comes to eating healthy) is to try to recreate whatever I taste and love at restaurants. Sometimes it turns into a happy accident, and other times my fiancé Derek supportively shares in the leftover mishaps. 🙃
These bacon-wrapped dates were inspired by one of our favorite Seattle tapas restaurants, Pintxo. They remind me of the month Derek and I sold all of our belongings and moved to Barcelona. The first afternoon there, we were both delighted by how the all of the cafés filled their counters with snacks — pintxos — for a euro or two. We’d take a break from work to sit in the sun and enjoy a few pintxos, filling a small plate with a meatball, cheese and salami, a few grilled shishito peppers, a bacon-wrapped date.
I hope these bacon-wrapped dates make you feel like you’re transported to an afternoon walk in Spain… or at the very least, give you a simple, pretty, ooh-worthy appetizer for your next party, wherever in the world you are. The sweetness, saltiness, and creaminess — all in one bite! — of these bacon-wrapped dates is always a hit. I hope you think so, too!
20 pitted medjool dates
3 ounces goat cheese
5 slices bacon
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Slice the dates in half.
- Stuff the goat cheese between the date halves.
- Cut each slice of bacon in half.
- Wrap one piece of bacon around each stuffed date. Skewer with a toothpick to hold.
- Place dates on a baking rack over a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until bacon is cooked through.
You may be thinking… “There are health benefits in bacon-wrapped dates?!” While this easy appetizer is by no means chock full of veggies, dates are actually an incredibly nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich food.
Dates are high in fiber and are low-glycemic, meaning they don’t spike your blood sugar as you might suspect from a dried fruit. Plus, the fat and protein in the bacon and goat cheese further helps balance out the sugar in the dates, so the sugar enters your bloodstream more gradually, and you feel fuller longer after eating them. Look for nitrate-free when buying processed meat like bacon to further ensure it has as little chemical processing as possible.
Let me know what you think if you make this bacon-wrapped dates recipe! Happy app-ing! ❤️
And for more easy healthy recipes, check out the Taste of Health Meal Plan — out now!