As much as I love bacon…. I wouldn’t recommend it being part of your daily diet, but once in awhile, some organic, nitrate free bacon is a fabulous treat! And what makes bacon even more delicious? Bacon with dates and apricots is a combination that can’t go wrong.
As impossible as it might seem, these little treats do have some pretty incredible nutritional benefits that can’t be forgotten about!
Dates replenish our energy and revitalize the body instantly when eaten.Fresh dates are made up of soft, easily digestible flesh and of simple sugars, fructose and dextrose. The fruit is rich in dietary fiber, which prevents LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut. The fiber in dates works as a bulk laxative, which helps to protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time and as well as binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.
Dates contain health benefiting flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants known as tannins. Tannins are anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hemorrhagic.
Yay for dates! And yay for the salty goodness of bacon which pairs so beautifully with this beautiful fruit! Enjoy!
Succulent Bacon Wrapped Dates with Apricot
- 12 toothpicks
- 12 strips of organic, nitrate free bacon
- 12 medjool dates, pitted
- 6 organic unsulfured apricots cut in half
- Preheat oven to 350F
- In the middle of each date, squish in half an apricot and set aside.
- Heat a large cast iron skillet and cook bacon on medium-low heat until about 1/2 way done, making sure you don’t cook it till it gets crisp because you won’t be able to roll them!
- Place the date on the thick end of the strip of bacon and roll tightly. Seal with a toothpick.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper and line side by side on the tray.
- Bake for 10-12 min or until bacon is crispy.