Well, it’s really faux bacon, but you get the point. These bacon-wrapped dates are sweet, savory, and really simple to make! You can serve them at your next party or eat them all by yourself while watching Netflix. I won’t judge.
1 package of pitted medjool dates
Almond herb cheese or your preferred vegan cheese (it should have a creamy consistency close to goat cheese)
1 package of tempeh bacon–my favorite is LightLife bacon, but this also contains gluten*
Olive oil or cooking spray
Soak the almonds in a bowl of water for 1 hour, then make the almond cheese. You can make it with or without the herbs and garlic, depending on your preference. Pour into a bowl and refrigerate for ten minutes.
Preheat the oven to 450F.
If your dates are pitted, it’s time for the cheese. If your dates still contain the pits, slice them open lengthwise and take out the pits to make a hollow on the inside.
Spoon about 1-2 teaspoons of the almond cheese into each date, so that it fills the hollow left by the pit. It’s ok if some spills over the side, it’ll still be delicious!
Wrap each date in a slice of “bacon” and stick a toothpick in the center to hold everything together.
Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and coat with olive oil or cooking spray. Place the finished bacon wrapped dates with the toothpicks onto the foil, then brush or spray the tops with olive oil or cooking spray. Place them in the oven for 5 minutes at 450F, then turn them over so the other side can cook and bake for another 5 minutes. Serve warm.
*If you don’t eat gluten or soy, these cheese-stuffed dates are still amazing without the bacon! Just warm them up in the oven for a few minutes and enjoy 🙂