Healthy Date Recipes

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

Staff Picks

Carrot Cake Energy Bites

Rating: 5 stars
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These no-cook energy bites keep well in the fridge or freezer and are easy to grab on the go for a healthy snack.

Savory Date & Pistachio Bites

Rating: 5 stars
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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.

Blueberry & Avocado Smoothie

Just four ingredients combine for a refreshing, just-sweet-enough smoothie that's a real treat. Blueberries add the sweet, fruity flavor and avocado adds a creamy, smooth texture to this healthy smoothie.
By Casey Barber

No-Bake Vegan Date Brownies

Sweetened with dates, these whole-grain bars provide energy and protein, thanks to nut butter. With just 5 ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, you can make these delicious, chewy brownies with no added sugar. Whip up a batch as a healthy dessert or for grab-and-go energy bars for a healthy snack.

Date & Pine Nut Overnight Oatmeal

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

Salted Coconut-Caramel Energy Balls

A blend of dates, sunflower seed butter, salt and vanilla make these bites surprisingly reminiscent of salted caramel--both in taste and texture. Unlike our ultra-easy mix-and-match basic energy ball recipe, you'll need a blender to make a paste for the base of these balls, but the extra effort is oh-so-worth it for the sweet and satisfying result.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Rating: 4.5 stars
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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.

Oatmeal-Peanut Butter Cookies with Dates

Cookie recipes usually require you to combine the liquid ingredients in one bowl and dry ingredients in another, but for this gluten-free cookie recipe the dry ingredients are sprinkled right on top of the liquids so there's just one bowl to clean. Don't skip the step of refrigerating the dough. The oat flour needs time to hydrate or the cookies will be too dry and crumbly. Regular rolled oats work if you're not gluten-sensitive.

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.
By Casey Barber

Mango-Date Energy Bites

Rating: 4.29 stars
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Sweet, sticky dates act as the glue for these no-cook energy balls. Perfect for hikes or during sports, this healthy snack travels well.

Iced Lemon Cookie Energy Balls

Rating: 5 stars
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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.

Orange-Date Pumpkin Muffins

Rating: 4 stars
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A whole orange pulverized in the food processor gives these nutrient-rich date-pumpkin muffins a wonderful intense flavor.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Charcuterie Bistro Lunch Box
Inspired by Starbucks' bistro boxes, this packable lunch is just like a personal-size cheese plate to take on-the-go. The healthy and easy snack-style meal is perfect to take for lunch at work or for a light picnic date night.
Apple-Date Cake
Rating: Unrated
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Stir up a quick cake featuring dates, pecans, and apples for a sweet treat.

Date-Oat Muffins

Rating: 3.6 stars
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Toasting the oats for this hearty muffin enhances their nutty flavor; orange zest contributes a citrus fragrance that plays well with the sweet dates.