20 Plant-Based Recipes made with Dates

We rounded up 20 whole food, plant-based, nutritious and delicious recipes made with fiber-filled dates! Breakfasts, sides, snacks, dips, sauces, dressings, and lots of desserts!

 

20 Plant-Based Recipes made with Dates

 

Dates are a sweet fruit most often sold dried. They’re rich in fiber (so they don’t lead to a blood sugar spike), vitamins, and minerals and you’ll see them in most of our desserts as well as other recipes that need a hint of sweetness.

You can find dates at most grocery stores in the bulk section or with the dried fruit. Word of caution, make sure to buy pitted dates as pitting them yourself is a tedious task. Also, make sure the only ingredient is “dates.” Some are coated with dextrose (not good!), especially if they’re pre-chopped.

There are literally hundreds of varieties of dates, but these 2 are the easiest to come across:

Deglet Noor – Often the easiest to find and the most affordable, I would consider these to be an all-purpose date. The flavor resembles brown sugar. I pick these up in the dried food section at our local Kroger, ALDI, or Walmart. The generic 8 oz package cost a mere $1.89-1.94. The 8 oz package measures out to approximately 2 cups which – conveniently – makes 1 batch of my favorite treat: Chocolate Snowballs.

Medjool – These larger dates are sweet and moist. At local grocery stores I typically find these in the produce section, often hidden off to the side on a bottom shelf. They’re usually sold in 12 oz packages for about $6.00. I only opt for these when I’m going for an extra decadent treat, they really hit a homerun when used for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

 

on to the recipes!…

 


 

Breakfast

Oil-Free Chunky Granola made with Aquafaba
Whole-food, plant-based chunky and crispy granola made with aquafaba and sweetened with dates. No oil or sugar added. Great for breakfast and snacking.
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Plant-Based Chunky Granola

 

Loaded Chia Seed Pudding Bowl
A simple breakfast or snack option to be customized with your favorite toppings. So sweet with just 5 ingredients and less than 5 minutes of prep. Blend, let sit and enjoy.
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Loaded Chia Seed Pudding Bowl

 


 

Sides & Snacks

Plant-Based Raspberry Muffins
A whole-grain, plant-based muffin sweetened with dates and fiber-rich raspberries.
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Plant-Based Raspberry Muffins

 

Lemon Turmeric Plant-Based Energy Balls
A quick and satisfying breakfast, treat, or on-the-go snack with a sweet lemony flavor that packs a powerful anti-inflammatory punch. 
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Plant-Based Lemony Matcha Muffins
Whole-food, plant-based muffins made with whole grain oats, dates, flax, matcha and a whole lemon! Tons of flavor with no added sugar or oil.
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Lemony Matcha Muffins

 

Plant-Based Spiced Zucchini Bread
Zucchini Bread sweetened with dates & oil-free. Continue to bake favorite dishes while eating plant based! Delicious on it's own or topped with nut butter or chia jam.
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Spiced Zucchini Bread with Chia Seed Jam

 


 

Desserts

Chocolate 3-Layer Cake with Raspberry Fudge Icing
A whole food, plant-based chocolate 3-layer cake free of refined sugar, dairy, and oil covered in a 4-ingredient raspberry fudge icing.
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Rich Chocolate 3-Layer Cake with Raspberry Fudge Icing

 

Plant-Based Apple Cranberry Crumble
A delicious, simple, fruit-filled apple cranberry crumble offering a new way to enjoy the many health benefits cranberries have to offer! 
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Plant-Based Apple Cranberry Crumble

 

Sweet & Creamy Frozen Pumpkin Cups
A sweet and creamy irresistible plant-based pumpkin dessert - perfect for a fall gathering, or any other time you're craving pumpkin.
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Sweet & Creamy Frozen Pumpkin Cups

 

Healthified Plant-Based No-Bake Cookies
A plant-based twist on the classic no-bake cookie. Oil-free, dairy-free, sweetened with dates and ready in just 10 minutes!
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Healthified Plant-Based No-Bake Cookies

 

Plant-Based Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding
Plant-based cinnamon roll bread pudding, made with cinnamon raisin bread & sweetened with dates and maple syrup.
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Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding

 

Plant-Based Samoa Bars
A sweet chocolate coconut treat! If you're a fan of chocolate coconut Samoa Girl Scout cookies, these are a MUST try... they'll blow your mind! Zero sugar but all the sweetness!
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Plant-Based Samoa Bars

 

Plant-Based Oatmeal Raisin Bites
Whole-food, plant-based oatmeal raisin cookies made with lentils (yes, really!), dates and oats. No added sugar or fat. Loaded with filling fiber!
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4-Ingredient Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter Truffles
These irresistible, 4-Ingredient dessert truffles have only chocolate, peanut butter, dates for sweetening and a sprinkle of kosher salt. That's it!
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Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter Truffles

 

Plant-Based Chocolate Banana Cookies
Chocolate banana goodness, great for special occasions! A whole grain sweet treat made with whole, plant-based ingredients.
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Dark Chocolate Banana Cookies

 


 

Dips, Dressings, Sauces

Sugar-Free Curry Ketchup
Sugar-free ketchup with a curry twist. Great for dipping and plant-based burgers. Made with tomato paste, spices and dates.
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Oil-Free, Sugar-Free Curry Ketchup and Polenta Fries

 

Plant-Based Decadent Chocolate Dip
Rich and creamy decadent chocolate dip, amazing on fruit. Reserve this for a special occasion and be ready for everyone to ask for the recipe!
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4-Ingredients Berry Chia Jam
A simple, 4-ingredient, foolproof jam with a sweet fruity flavor and no added sugar. Made with any berries! Full of nutrient-packed berries and chia seeds.
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Oil-Free Sunflower Butter Dressing
A whole-food, plant-based, oil-free and sugar-free dressing that is versitile and easy to make. Great for dipping veggies in, topping salads and pouring over roasted veggies.
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Sunflower Butter Dressing

 

3-Minute Plant-Based Poppy Seed Dressing
An oil-free and refined sugar-free, whole-food, plant-based poppy seed dressing. Sweetened with dates and made in minutes with just 3 simple steps!
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Vegan Poppy Seed Dressing



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