Any bacon lovers out there? Yes, please! If you are looking for a crowd pleaser for a nice night in or for a dinner party then you will love these Goat Cheese Bacon Wrapped Dates. Not only does this dish satisfy both the savory and sweet tooth in all of us, but these are incredibly easy to make. The blend of honey, cinnamon, goat cheese, dates and bacon is so fabulous you will be hard pressed to only have one.
I made these for Christmas this past year, and my husband has been requesting them frequently ever since. I will typically make them during the weekend for a nice night in, and then we will save some to snack on for the next few days. Not only do they taste great, but they smell fabulous as they bake.
Dates are an excellent source of nutrients with a high concentration of antioxidants, which have been found to aid in healthy bowel movements, improve brain function, prevent infections, and reduce the risk of cancer and diabetes. For the bacon, you want to be mindful to choose a brand that does not have added sugar or nitrates. I use Nature’s Rancher brand which is Whole 30 approved, Paleo and Keto friendly, gluten free and uses pork that is raised without antibiotics or growth stimulants. For this recipe I use the whole package, but you can scale down the serving size and use the remaining bacon to eat alongside some eggs throughout the week as well.
I play with the fillings when I make these. I have used almond butter, goat cheese, and cream cheese, but I have to say my favorite is by far the goat cheese. I sprinkle cinnamon, honey and maple syrup depending on what we are feeling. Simply making them plane with just a date wrapped in bacon is all good too. Whatever your preference will work great. You really can’t go wrong with anything wrapped in bacon in my book.
Goat Cheese Bacon Wrapped Dates
- 12 slices of bacon (uncooked)
- 24 dates
- 4 oz of goat cheese (I use Vermont Creamery)
- Optional toppings: cinnamon, honey or maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Slice the dates open gently so they lay open. Be sure not to cut them completely in half, things will get messy.
- Gently take about 1/2-1 tsp of the goat cheese and stuff the dates
- Sprinkle any of the additional toppings listed above if you choose. I will usually do 8 with each different topping.
- Cut the bacon strips in half so you have 24 slices of bacon.
- Wrap each date with the bacon, and use a toothpick to secure each date
- Arrange the dates on the baking sheet and transfer into the oven.
- Bake for about 16 minutes or until the bacon is fully cooked and crisped to your preference.
- Serve warm or store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.