Updated 28th June 2024. Each bite of my Apple Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates is an exercise in sweet, savory and salty perfection! Baking them caramelizes the dates and the apple softens inside the dates while the crispy, smokey bacon completes this truly delightful taste sensation.

2 apple stuffed bacon wrapped dates on a white plate

A sweet Medjool date on it’s own is tasty treat, but sweet dates in salty bacon and it is taken to a whole new level. The amount of things you add to a stuffed date with is almost endless (tangy goat cheese, cheddar cheese, blue cheese, cream cheese, I could go on). They can be a delicious appetizer or a light, after meal sweet treat that you can enjoy all year round.

Dates are naturally delicious on their own, and a tasty sweet treat. But their culinary potential goes far beyond a simple snack! These little gems can be incorporated into a variety of dishes, adding their unique flavor profile to sweet and savory creations alike.  

From decadent Scones and Tangy Chutneys to my Salted Caramel Date Shake, dates can elevate your recipes in surprising and delightful ways.  So next time you’re looking for a versatile ingredient, don’t forget the power of the humble date!

To make the bacon-wrapping process a breeze, consider setting up an assembly line. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A plate of pitted dates
  • A bowl of chopped apple pieces
  • A platter of bacon strips
  • A container of toothpicks

With everything within easy reach, you can make quick work of the prep.

Dates, apple pieces and bacon slices ready to build

Removing Pits from Dates

If you can find pitted dates, this will save you time. If your dates have pits, simply use a sharp paring knife to cut a lengthwise slit and simply remove the pit.

Best Apples

Any sweet red apple will work. My favorite is Honeycrisp, but any popular apple like Fuji, Gala, Pink lady. Green apples like Granny Smith will be too tart.

Sweet Success: The Best Dates for This Recipe

I prefer sweet Medjool dates for this recipe as they are the largest and plumpest, their softness and chewiness are perfect with the crispy bacon.

Skewered bacon wrapped dates for easy handling

Bacon Wrapped Dates  Tips

  • Use a wire rack inside a baking sheet/tray (see picture below) to catch the bacon grease so they don’t sit in it and they will be crispy all around.
  • If you want to elevate the presentation, simply remove the toothpicks and us fancy cocktail skewers.
  • Depending on how long your bacon slices are (I use a half slice of bacon), only wrap the dates in a single layer of bacon otherwise it will not crisp as well.
Apple stuffed bacon wrapped dates on a baking rack right out of the oven

Bacon Wrapped Dates on the Barbecue

If it’s too hot to turn on your oven, fire up the barbecue and treat it just like the oven. Preheat to 400°F/200°C, place the baking sheet/tray in the barbecue and bake for 20 minutes until the bacon is done and crispy.

Serving

Drizzle with warm honey, maple syrup or dip into my Teriyaki Sauce.

Holding a bacon wrapped date with a skewer

Leftover Bacon Wrapped Dates

Should you have any left over, you can store in the min an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can reheat in a 350°F/177°C oven for 5 minutes to warm through.

Make Ahead Bacon Wrapped Dates

You can prepare them ahead and refrigerate until you are ready to bake.

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Yield: 16

Apple Stuffed, Bacon Wrapped Dates

Apple stuffed bacon wrapped dates on white plates with more in background

Sweet apples stuffed into in plump dates, all nicely wrapped in bacon and baked.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 medium sweet apple, peeled
  • 8 slices bacon, cut in half *
  • 16 toothpicks

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C.
  2. Add a wire rack to a baking sheet/tray
  3. Chop the apple into pieces that are as long as your dates. Add a piece of apple to the center of each date and close and press to seal. Wrap each date in a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick. If making ahead, prepare up to this step and refrigerate until ready to bake.
  4. Arrange the dates on the baking rack and bake for 20 minutes or until bacon is brown and crisp.

Notes

Note: * This is smoked streaky bacon for my U.K friends. Only make them long enough to wrap once around the dates with a little overlap.

Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Serving Size

2

Amount Per Serving Calories 196Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 11mgSodium 194mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 4gSugar 34gProtein 5g