Healthy Date Recipes

Find healthy, delicious date recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Carrot Cake Energy Bites

Rating: 4 stars 3
These no-cook energy bites keep well in the fridge or freezer and are easy to grab on the go for a healthy snack.
By Beth Lipton

Apple Pie Energy Balls

Rating: 5 stars 4
These no-bake Apple Pie Energy Balls come together easily and will give your body the energy it needs to power through the afternoon.
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By Andrea Mathis, M.A., RDN, LD

Savory Date & Pistachio Bites

Rating: 5 stars 5
A touch of sweetness from the dates and raisins paired with crunch and nuttiness from the pistachios make these bites perfect for an on-the-go snack or as an accompaniment on a cheese board.
By Ali Slagle

No-Sugar-Added Cranberry Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 1
Most cranberry sauce recipes add tons of sugar to mask the tart taste of the cranberries. In this simple cranberry sauce, we lighten things up by skipping the sugar and opting for a healthier combination of dates and apple cider which adds just enough sweetness without overpowering the cranberry flavor.
By Carolyn Casner

Blueberry-Lemon Energy Balls

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
If you're looking for a midday pick-me-up, these irresistible blueberry-lemon balls come together in minutes and make a perfect on-the-go snack. Walnuts add a boost of plant-based protein and help keep you energized, while a bit of maple syrup adds sweetness.
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By Wendy Lopez

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Dates provide all the sweetness you need for these no-bake energy bars. Each square serves up a hearty dose of protein—thanks to peanut butter and peanuts—as well as fiber from rolled oats. Kids will love the chewy bites with crunchy nuts.
By Carolyn Casner

Date-Pistachio Granola Bars

Rating: 3.5 stars 4
The mix-ins in these homemade granola bars are inspired by ingredients commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking--dates, hazelnuts, pistachios, tahini and cardamom. But feel free to vary the dried fruit, nuts, seeds and/or spices to your preference. We tested several sticky sweeteners, including maple syrup and honey, but found brown rice syrup held the bars together the best.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Date & Pine Nut Overnight Oatmeal

Rating: 5 stars 1
Chopped dates, honey and cinnamon provide natural sweetness to these overnight oats, and pine nuts balance each bite.
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By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Mango-Date Energy Bites

Rating: 4.5 stars 8
Sweet, sticky dates act as the glue for these no-cook energy balls. Perfect for hikes or during sports, this healthy snack travels well.
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By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Chocolate-Peppermint Energy Balls

Rating: 5 stars 1
These festive no-cook energy balls have all the flavors you love in peppermint-chocolate bark but in healthy snack form. Whip up a batch for an office or after-school treat, or take them along to a holiday cookie swap. The recipe is easily doubled or even tripled. Be sure to store the bites at room temperature rather than the refrigerator--the moisture from the fridge will melt the candy cane coating.
By Adam Hickman

Date and Balsamic-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are roasted until just tender then simmered with dates in a reduced garlic/balsamic vinegar sauce.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

No-Sugar-Added Mini Apple Pies

Rating: 4 stars 1
These delectable single-serving tarts are gluten-free and sweetened with dates instead of refined added sugars. Top with a little unsweetened whipped cream to take this special--yet healthy--dessert to the next level.
By Carolyn Casner
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Inspiration and Ideas

Iced Lemon Cookie Energy Balls
Rating: Unrated 1
Next time you have a Girl Scout Cookie craving, try these healthier no-bake cookies instead. Their bright and lemony flavor is balanced by sweetness from Medjool dates, and they're held together with millet and almond meal. Keeping the dough chilled and dusting your hands with confectioners' sugar will keep them from sticking to your hands while you shape them.
Chocolate-Hazelnut Energy Balls
Rating: Unrated 1
These energy balls marry the flavors of nutty hazelnuts with rich chocolate. They're chewy with a slight crunch and have just enough sweetness to curb a midday or post-dinner sweet tooth.
Kale & Spinach Smoothie

When you really need to eat your greens, go for this smoothie that packs both kale and spinach into every sip. Kiwi and dates add natural sweetness, and almond butter and almond milk keep you full.